U.S. EPA to Ease Air Pollution Permitting for Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 1 proposed a rule to simplify the New Source Review program, which governs emission permits for building new or significantly retrofitted industrial facilities including power plants. The proposed rule clarifies that both projected emissions increases and decreases from a project can be considered during the first step of…

Massachusetts Clarifies Offshore Wind Contract Terms Amid Tax Credit Phase Out

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed a measure on Aug. 1 requiring the levelized price of offshore wind contracts resulting from subsequent solicitations to be lower than the initial procurement if the price is adjusted for federal tax credits, inflation, and incentives. The legislation takes into account the decline of federal tax credits in…

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – August 2019 Update

State renewable portfolio standards are a key driver behind the torrid expansion of wind and solar generation across the U.S., responsible for about half of the nation’s deployment of the clean energy sources over the last couple of decades, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over three dozen states, territories and the nation’s capital…...

Massachusetts Retail Choice Power Market Cost Consumers $250 Million Over Three Years: Attorney General

Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, released a report on Aug. 1 showing that Massachusetts electric customers who switched to a competitive electric supplier paid about $76 million more on their bills from July 2017 to June 2018 than they would have if they remained with their utilities. Healey underscored the need for legislation to…