The Department of the Interior has released a scoping report identifying potential reforms to the federal coal program including options to increase royalty rates and account for climate impact. Efforts to follow through the recommendations under the new administration are unlikely, given that both President-elect Trump and Zinke, Trump’s nominee for DOI Secretary, are inclined to further coal development.Details
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – California Establishes Hybrid EV Infrastructure Ownership Structure in PG&E Plan
The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a three-year pilot program allowing Pacific Gas & Electric
Company to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle charging ports at workplaces, disadvantaged communities, and multi-unit dwellings. The program components, including hybrid ownership and time-of-use rates, could inform other states exploring business models for utility involvement in EV infrastructure.
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Arizona Replaces Net Metering with Lower Export Rates in Landmark Decision
The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a decision to replace retail-rate net metering with lower export rates that will be determined individually in each utility rate case based on short-term valuation methods. The decision, which concludes a three-year investigation into the value and cost of solar, grandfathers existing customers into current net metering plans for 20 years, while new customers are locked in for a shorter 10-year period, creating uncertainty over future rates.Details
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Illinois Passes Sweeping Legislation to Save Ailing Nuclear Plants and Expand Renewables
Illinois has enacted SB 2814 which creates a zero emission standard (ZES) to support in-state nuclear power, joining New York in setting a model to value nuclear as a zero-carbon energy source. While much attention has been placed on the ZES, the legislation includes the long-awaited update to the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and substantially expands energy efficiency programs, winning the support of renewable energy and environmental advocates.Details