FERC Approves Train 4 Texas Freeport LNG Expansion Despite Contentious Emission Standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Texas Freeport LNG’s Train 4 expansion, the commission’s fourth approval of a liquified natural gas project this year, highlighting the nation’s commitment to exporting the super-chilled gas, according to a May 16 press release. The expansion of LNG terminal, located in eastern Texas, includes an extra liquefaction unit as…

PG&E Power Lines Caused Deadly Camp Fire According to California Investigator

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has determined that Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, according to a May 15 press release. The Camp Fire started in Butte County on the morning of November 8,…

National Grid Stops Accepting New Gas Service Requests in New York Following Williams Pipeline Denial

National Grid’s President John Bruckner, issued a statement on May 17 saying the company has stopped processing all applications for new or expanded gas service in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island following the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision on Wednesday to deny “without prejudice” a water permit for Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement project, which…

South Dakota Electric, Gas Customers Benefit From Nearly $30 Million in Federal Tax Cut Refunds

The South Dakota Public Utilities approved a settlement requiring MidAmerican Energy Co. to return about $4.2 million to the utility’s electric and natural gas customers, reflecting savings from the federal tax cut law, bringing the total refunds of the state’s investor-owned utilities to about $29 million, according to a May 15 press release. The tax…

FERC Affirms Storage Market Participation Rule, Declining Requests for State Opt-Outs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 16 declined a request to allow state regulatory authorities to decide whether or not behind-the-meter and distribution-connected storage resources may participate in the wholesale power markets. The agency acknowledged that states have the authority to dictate the terms of their own retail programs, allowing resources to choose between…

Invenergy Affiliate Wins Approval for $400 Million Wind Project in South Dakota

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission granted a permit for Deuel Harvest Wind Energy LLC’s proposal to build a 310-megawatt wind energy farm in Duel County, according to a May 15 news release. The proposed project includes up to 112 wind turbines and a 345-kilovolt transmission line with an associated 345-kV interconnection substation located in…

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – May 2019 Update

In this update, Nevada, Washington and Puerto Rico are the latest states and territory to strengthen targets for clean energy, showing how momentum is building across the U.S. for more aggressive renewable portfolio targets. Nevada State lawmakers unanimously approved legislation in April to upgrade the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, while Washington committed…

U.S. Primed for 13 Gigawatts of Wind Additions in 2019, Largest in Seven Years, as Tax Incentives Phase Out

The U.S. is expected to add 12.7 gigawatts of wind capacity this year, the largest since the 2012 high of 13.3 gigawatts, according to a May 15 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The growth is largely driven by the scheduled phase-out of the federal production tax credit, which provides a credit for each…

Texas Generation Capacity Under Renewable Energy Credit Program Grows to 29 Gigawatts: ERCOT Report

The Texas renewable energy credit, or REC, program currently has a registered capacity of nearly 28.7 gigawatts, including 2.2 gigawatts derived from non-wind technologies, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc.’s annual report released on May 15. Offset generation accounts have a registered capacity of nearly 290 megawatts. The total amount of energy…

Tampa Electric to Offer Solar Power Option for Florida Customers

The Florida Public Service Commission approved Tampa Electric Company’s shared solar tariff, providing an option for electric customers to buy power from the company’s designated solar energy resource to meet all or part of their monthly energy needs, according to a May 14 press release. The program ensures equal access to solar power to homeowners,…

Florida Regulator Approves Gulf Power to Recover Over $340 Million in Storm Restoration Costs

The Florida Public Service Commission authorized Gulf Power Company to collect an estimated $342 million from customers to cover the costs incurred to restore power after Hurricane Michael and to replenish the company’s storm reserve, according to a May 14 news release. The company will implement an interim monthly charge of $8 per 1,000 kilowatt…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. to Become Net Gas Exporter by Pipeline in 2019 Amid Jump in Shipments to Mexico

The U.S. is poised to become a net exporter of natural gas by pipeline for the year for the first time ever following a 24 percent jump in shipments to Mexico in 2018 and a build out of new cross-border links set to expand the capacity for flows heading to the southern neighbor.