Proposed Expansion of Nevada RPS Boosts Solar Industry Outlook

Nevada AB 206, aimed to expand the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 80 percent by 2040, is the latest in the growing list of states planning to strengthen their renewable energy targets. While AB 206 would place Nevada in a similar trajectory with top-tier RPS states, such as California and New York, Massachusetts has proposed an even more ambitious goal of 100 percent by 2035, aiming to make Massachusetts the first U.S. state to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Stronger RPS policies will stimulate market and technology development to increase the competitiveness of renewable energy.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Proposed Expansion of Nevada RPS Boosts Solar Industry Outlook

Nevada AB 206, aimed to expand the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 80 percent by 2040, is the latest in the growing list of states planning to strengthen their renewable energy targets. While AB 206 would place Nevada in a similar trajectory with top-tier RPS states, such as California and New York, Massachusetts has proposed an even more ambitious goal of 100 percent by 2035, aiming to make Massachusetts the first U.S. state to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Stronger RPS policies will stimulate market and technology development to increase the competitiveness of renewable energy.

Pennsylvania Proposes Methane Regulations beyond Federal Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new and revised general permits, as well as revisions to an air quality permit exemption to reduce methane and other emissions at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas operations. The proposals come at a time when Congress is moving towards repealing a federal methane rule, drawing attention to state actions.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Pennsylvania Proposes Methane Regulations beyond Federal Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new and revised general permits, as well as revisions to an air quality permit exemption to reduce methane and other emissions at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas operations. The proposals come at a time when Congress is moving towards repealing a federal methane rule, drawing attention to state actions.

Congress Repeals Multiple Environmental Regulations Invoking Congressional Review Act

The House has passed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the Methane and Waste Prevention rule, following similar resolutions that allowed Congress to repeal the Stream Protection Rule and Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers. President Trump is expected to sign the resolutions and the White House has strongly supported repealing these regulations citing burdensome compliance requirements that adversely impact jobs and businesses.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Congress Repeals Multiple Environmental Regulations Invoking Congressional Review Act

The House has passed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the Methane and Waste Prevention rule, following similar resolutions that allowed Congress to repeal the Stream Protection Rule and Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers. President Trump is expected to sign the resolutions and the White House has strongly supported repealing these regulations citing burdensome compliance requirements that adversely impact jobs and businesses.

President Trump’s Executive Action Revives Controversial Keystone XL Project

President Donald Trump has issued memoranda to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and an Executive Order to expedite environmental review for priority infrastructure. Several oil and gas projects that were delayed or rejected during the previous administration will likely be revisited. Grid modernization and transmission expansion will support large-scale wind which is particularly dependent on transmission infrastructure to connect with load centers.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – President Trump’s Executive Action Revives Controversial Keystone XL Project

President Donald Trump has issued memoranda to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and an Executive Order to expedite environmental review for priority infrastructure. Several oil and gas projects that were delayed or rejected during the previous administration will likely be revisited. Grid modernization and transmission expansion will support large-scale wind which is particularly dependent on transmission infrastructure to connect with load centers.

DOI Approves the Largest U.S. Onshore Wind Energy Project in Coal-Dominated Wyoming

The Department of the Interior has approved Phase I of a 3 GW wind project to be built in two phases on 220,000 acres in Wyoming. Meanwhile, legislators have introduced a bill that would ban the use of large-scale renewable generation to meet in-state needs by 2019. Despite the state’s high-quality wind resources, additional regulatory and tax burden on Wyoming’s wind industry could make the state less competitive nationwide, creating a foregone opportunity in the long term.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – DOI Approves the Largest U.S. Onshore Wind Energy Project in Coal-Dominated Wyoming

The Department of the Interior has approved Phase I of a 3 GW wind project to be built in two phases on 220,000 acres in Wyoming. Meanwhile, legislators have introduced a bill that would ban the use of large-scale renewable generation to meet in-state needs by 2019. Despite the state’s high-quality wind resources, additional regulatory and tax burden on Wyoming’s wind industry could make the state less competitive nationwide, creating a foregone opportunity in the long term.

DOI Suggests Revising Royalty Rates in Federal Coal Program Review

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.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – DOI Suggests Revising Royalty Rates in Federal Coal Program Review

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.