AEP to Advance 1.5 Gigawatts of Wind Projects Despite Texas Commission’s Denial

The Texas Public Utilities Commission rejected a plan by Southwestern Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of American Electric Power Company Inc., to add 309 megawatts of wind energy to serve Texas customers, according to a July 2 news release. Despite the denial, the company said it can move ahead with its planned acquisition of 1,485...

U.S. Energy Department Grants $100 Million to Accelerate Scientific Breakthroughs

The U.S. Energy Department on July 1 announced $100 million funding for ten Energy Frontier Research Centers over four years to expedite the scientific breakthroughs needed to tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century. The move intends to strengthen the nation’s economic prosperity and energy security. The centers will bring together multidisciplinary scientific teams...

Texas Regulators Extend Electricity Relief Program Through August

The Public Utility Commission of Texas on July 2 announced an extension of the state’s Electricity Relief Program deadline from July 17 to August 31, 2020 as COVID-19 challenges continue.  The commission launched the program on March 26, in order to relieve the burden of retail electricity customers by protecting them from disconnections for non-payment...

Virginia Regulator Approves Dominion Energy’s Renewable Energy Rate

The Virginia State Corporation Commission on July 2 approved Dominion Energy Inc.’s renewable energy rate, providing its customers the option to purchase 100 percent renewable-sourced electricity. As designed, the rate would charge a $3.98 premium per month besides the standard rate for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity on average, adding annual...

Court Strikes Down FERC’s Practice of Tolling Rehearing Requests in Pipeline Permitting Process

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 30 ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cannot indefinitely delay requests for rehearing of cases under the Natural Gas Act by issuing tolling orders, which extend the 30-day time period for the agency to act on the petitions. The 10-1 ruling concluded that...

Michigan Commission Rejects Enbridge’s Request for Relief on Pipeline Relocation Plan

The Michigan Public Service Commission on June 30 rejected Enbridge’s request for a declaratory ruling that it has authority to replace a pipeline segment under the Straits of Mackinac under a 1953 order approving the Line 5 pipeline. The commission found that the Line 5 project differs significantly from the pipeline approved in 1953. Different...

Atlantic Wind Wins New York Approval for 100-Megawatt Deer River Wind Project

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on June 30 approved the 101-megawatt Deer River Wind Farm located in Lewis and Jefferson counties. The project is expected to generate up to $24 million in local property tax revenues over 30 years. Local governments are expected to receive up to $800,000...

Trump Administration Releases Final Environmental Review to Expand Oil, Gas Development in Arctic Reserve

The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management on June 26 released the final environmental review for a new integrated activity plan for the 23-million acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The preferred  alternative would open as much as 18.7 million acres, or about 82 percent of the reserve, to oil and gas development, undoing Obama-era protections...

U.S. Energy Department Seeks to Bolster Battery Critical Materials Supply Chains

The U.S Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy on June 29 announced a request for information to support the research and development of the battery critical materials supply chain. The department seeks input from industry, academia, research laboratories, and government agencies to identify challenges and opportunities in the upstream and downstream supply...

EnerKnol Partners with RateAcuity, Advancing Transformation of U.S. Energy Intelligence

EnerKnol Platform adds extensive electricity rate information from RateAcuity, building on largest collection of U.S. energy policy data in the world. New York, NY – October 11, 2017 – EnerKnol, Inc., creator of the world’s most comprehensive digital Platform for tracking U.S. energy policy, has teamed up with leading data firm RateAcuity™ to provide seamless...