U.S. Energy Department Approves Exports From Texas Freeport LNG’s Fourth Liquefaction Plant

The U.S. Energy Department authorized Freeport LNG Expansion L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4 LLC to export liquefied natural gas equivalent to up to 0.72 billion cubic feet per day from a fourth liquefaction train to be built at the Freeport Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas, according to a May 28 press release. The authorization allows…

Mitsubishi Hitachi, Magnum Launch One-Gigawatt Clean Energy Storage in Utah, World’s Largest

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Magnum Development on May 30 announced plans to build the world’s largest storage project in central Utah. The project will incorporate 100 percent clean energy storage, deploying utility-scale technologies, which include renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells. Mitsubishi said it has developed…

Duke Plans to Decommission Retired Florida Nuclear Plant 50 Years Ahead of Schedule

Duke Energy plans to decommission its already retired Crystal River Nuclear Plant in Florida by 2027, 50 years before originally scheduled, according to a May 30 press release. The plan for early decommissioning is still subject to the approval of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Florida Public Service Commission. Duke had previously announced its decision to…

Congress Debates Ways to Boost Development of Grid-Scale Energy Storage as Favourable Bills Pile Up

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will examine opportunities to boost the deployment of grid-scale energy storage, according to the committee’s calendar. The discussion will include remarks from Andrew Ott, the outgoing CEO and President of PJM Interconnection LLC., Ben Fowke, Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Energy Inc., Mitch Davidson, CEO…

California Wildfire Commission Recommends Liability Reform to Save Utilities, Protect Ratepayers

The Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery published a draft report on May 29 with recommendations on equitable distribution of costs among affected parties of the catastrophic California wildfires. According to the report, the trend of growing fire activity related to increasing global temperatures coupled with population incursions into high fire risk areas means that…

Colorado Enacts Suite of Climate, Energy Bills, Building Path Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Democratic Governor Jared Polis on May 30 signed a slate of bills that will transform the state’s energy and environmental landscape, and unveiled a roadmap for the state to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. Among the measures, House Bill 19-1261, the centerpiece of the state’s climate policy, sets a goal of achieving emission…