Power Suppliers Seek Supreme Court Review of State Nuclear Subsidies

The Electric Power Suppliers Association on Jan. 7 filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review appellate court rulings that upheld zero-emission credit programs designed to support financially struggling nuclear plants in New York and Illinois. The organization argues that the subsidy programs infringe on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s jurisdiction over wholesale…

Dominion’s Millstone Nuclear Plant Wins Zero-Carbon Energy Contract in Connecticut

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy on Dec. 28 announced the selection of two nuclear plants — Dominion Energy Inc.’s Millstone Power Station in Connecticut and NextEra Energy Inc.’s Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in New Hampshire — along with nine solar projects and one offshore wind project in the state’s solicitation for zero-carbon electricity. The procurements totaling nearly…

New York Clean Energy Standard Enters Third Phase, Incorporates Offshore Wind Credits

The New York Public Service Commission on Dec. 14 approved phase III of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s plan to implement the Clean Energy Standard or CES, adopted in August 2016, to achieve the state’s goal of obtaining half its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. The program includes a renewable…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New Jersey Poised to Become the Next California Under Energy Policy Revamp

New Jersey lawmakers have passed a suite of sweeping measures to propel the state’s clean energy agenda under Democratic Governor Phil Murphy's administration. The swift turn of events marks a significant shift from his Republican predecessor Chris Christie who withdrew the state from the carbon market and shunned offshore wind.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Trump Explores New Avenues to Prop Up Coal and Nuclear

The Trump administration is seeking new avenues to revive coal and nuclear, such as research to diversify coal use and design new reactors. Although new technologies may slow the downturn of coal and nuclear, hopes of a renaissance remain dim as the industries lose out to cheaper, cleaner, and more efficient resources.

New York Grid Operator Counts on Natural Gas to Replace Indian Point Nuclear Capacity

The New York Independent System Operator says the deactivation of the Indian Point nuclear plant in 2021 will not affect system reliability if approximately 1,800 MW of gas-fired generation come online as planned. Competition from cheap natural gas and Westinghouse reactor design failure have caused nuclear operators and developers to retire their plants early and cancel new projects. Amid state and federal actions to help nuclear power plants remain operational in the face of financial pressures, it remains to be seen whether advanced technologies bring a resurgence and expansion.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New York Grid Operator Counts on Natural Gas to Replace Indian Point Nuclear Capacity

The New York Independent System Operator says the deactivation of the Indian Point nuclear plant in 2021 will not affect system reliability if approximately 1,800 MW of gas-fired generation come online as planned. Competition from cheap natural gas and Westinghouse reactor design failure have caused nuclear operators and developers to retire their plants early and cancel new projects. Amid state and federal actions to help nuclear power plants remain operational in the face of financial pressures, it remains to be seen whether advanced technologies bring a resurgence and expansion.

Connecticut Passes Bill Paving Way to Subsidize Dominion Nuclear Plant

The Connecticut Governor has signed legislation that could allow the state’s only nuclear plant to compete for long-term contracts with renewables provided such rule change is corroborated by a currently ongoing study into the plant's viability. Recently, additional states including Pennsylvania and Ohio have joined in with policies supporting their nuclear facilities. These actions coincide with the Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency pricing rule offering hope for financially struggling nuclear power plants.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Connecticut Passes Bill Paving Way to Subsidize Dominion Nuclear Plant

The Connecticut Governor has signed legislation that could allow the state’s only nuclear plant to compete for long-term contracts with renewables provided such rule change is corroborated by a currently ongoing study into the plant's viability. Recently, additional states including Pennsylvania and Ohio have joined in with policies supporting their nuclear facilities. These actions coincide with the Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency pricing rule offering hope for financially struggling nuclear power plants.

Duke Energy Florida Cancels Nuclear Projects and Turns to Renewables

Duke Energy Florida has reached an agreement with industry and consumer groups to cancel a nuclear project and invest more in solar and grid modernization. Recent similar proposals from major utilities such as Xcel and AEP reflect growing interest in renewable energy. While the trend towards renewables has been largely attributed to state mandates and improving economics, recent developments show that utilities are increasingly perceiving them as opportunities for growth and profit.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Duke Energy Florida Cancels Nuclear Projects and Turns to Renewables

Duke Energy Florida has reached an agreement with industry and consumer groups to cancel a nuclear project and invest more in solar and grid modernization. Recent similar proposals from major utilities such as Xcel and AEP reflect growing interest in renewable energy. While the trend towards renewables has been largely attributed to state mandates and improving economics, recent developments show that utilities are increasingly perceiving them as opportunities for growth and profit.

EnerKnol Nuclear Subsidy Mapper

Cheap natural gas and the resulting wholesale electricity price declines have squeezed the revenues for nuclear generators, many of which have come under the risk of premature closure due to their inability to compete in the wholesale markets. However, multiple states have expressed support for options to keep nuclear as a low-carbon baseload electricity source in their energy portfolios.