PJM Board Approves $234 Million for Transmission System Expansion

The PJM Interconnection LLC’s Board of Managers authorized an investment of nearly $234 million in projects aimed to upgrade the transmission system and enhance the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan, or RTEP, to ensure economical and reliable power supply in the grid operator’s 13-state region and the District of Columbia, according to a Feb. 20 news release.…

New York Governor Seeks to Speed Up Permitting for Renewable Energy Projects

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 21 proposed a budget amendment to speed up the permitting and construction of large-scale renewable energy projects. The legislation would create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting that will create a siting process specifically designed for renewable energy projects. The changes are intended to help New York advance…

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Advance Innovative Energy Technologies

Senators Lisa Murkowski, a Republican representing Alaska, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat representing West Virginia, unveiled a bipartisan legislative package on Feb. 27 that compiles more than 50 energy-related measures reported by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last year. The comprehensive bill supports innovative energy technologies covering a range of topics including energy efficiency,…

Wind Outpaces Hydro as the Top Renewable Electricity Source in 2019: EIA

U.S. annual wind electricity generation surpassed hydropower for the first time in 2019 to become the largest source of renewable electricity generation in the U.S., according to a Feb. 26 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Although total installed capacity of wind power exceeded that of hydro in 2016, it wasn’t until last year…