New Jersey Unveils Plan for EV Charging Infrastructure Buildout

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on May 18 unveiled its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ecosystem 2020 Straw Proposal, which will inform recommendations to develop an approach for charging infrastructure build-out, as well as the roles of private and public entities. New Jersey enacted legislation in January that sets a goal of having 2 million...

AEP Wins Louisiana Approval to Advance 1.5 Gigawatts of Wind Projects

The Louisiana Public Service Commission approved a settlement agreement, allowing  Southwestern Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of American Electric Power Company Inc., to acquire up to 810 megawatts of wind energy from three projects in Oklahoma, according to a May 27 press release. Following previous regulatory approvals from Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the Federal Energy Regulatory...

U.S. Natural Gas Consumption Projected to Drop in 2020 Driven by Reduced Economic Activity From COVID 19: EIA

U.S. natural gas consumption is expected to fall by 3.4 billion cubic feet per day led by a decline in industrial consumption, according to a May 26 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The agency attributed the decrease to the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to milder temperatures in the first...

California Regulator Approves PG&E Bankruptcy Plan With Oversight Conditions

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s bankruptcy reorganization plan with conditions, including changes to the company’s governance structure, enhanced oversight, and creation of local operating regions, according to a May 28 press release. Under a new oversight framework, PG&E’s operating permit will be subject to an ongoing review as part...