U.S. Energy Department Invests $11.5 Million in Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

The U.S. Energy Department selected twelve projects to develop carbon capture and storage processes for the nation’s power system, according to a July 13 press release. The projects will receive $11.5 million to support the first phase of the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage, or FLECCS program, to equip technologies such as gas power generators...

NYSERDA Announces Strategic Partnership to Mitigate COVID Spread While Advancing Climate Goals

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on July 8 announced it has entered into a partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers to improve indoor quality in the post-COVID-19 environment to mitigate the risk on public health. The initiative also plans to advance building electrification and energy...

Michigan Regulator Approves DTE Electric’s Revised Renewable Energy Plan

The Michigan Public Service Commission on July 9 approved DTE Electric Co.’s amended renewable energy portfolio. The new supply-side renewable resources approved incorporate a 225-megawatt wind farm and two 25-year solar power purchase contracts of about 128 megawatts. The generation capacity, to be added over the next two years, would enable the company to comply...

Florida Regulator Approves Utilities’ Energy Conservation Programs

The Florida Public Service Commission on July 7 approved demand side management plans filed by the state’s five investor-owned utilities, finding that the programs are the public interest. The agency decided that the new initiatives are projected to meet conservation targets and have no adverse cost impact to customers. The commission rejected staff’s recommendation to...

Maryland Regulator to Probe COVID-19 Impacts on Utilities, Consumers

The Maryland Public Service Commission will convene a public conference next month to analyse the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on utility operations and consumer protections as the moratorium on utility service termination is set to expire on Aug. 1. The commission will seek input on regulatory measures that should be considered to mitigate and...

Pennsylvania House Passes Bill That Would Restrain Participation in Regional Carbon Market

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on July 8 voted in favor of a bill that would require legislative approval before the state can impose a carbon tax or join a multi-state carbon-trading program. The Department of Environmental Protection is currently in the process of drafting regulations to allow the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

Court Upholds FERC Rule to Expand Energy Storage Participation in Wholesale Power Markets

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 10 upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s energy storage order, rejecting arguments that the agency exceeded its jurisdiction by barring states from prohibiting behind-the-meter storage participation in wholesale markets. The commission adopted the landmark Order No. 841 in February 2018, directing grid...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project Canceled Due to Legal Uncertainties

Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. canceled the Atlantic Coast pipeline project because of the ongoing delays and increased legal costs, which threaten the project’s economic viability, according to a July 5 press release. The 600-mile pipeline, initially announced in 2014, was planned to transport natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina....

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U.S. Energy Department Issues Export Approval to Jordan Cove LNG Project

The U.S. Energy Department on July 6 issued a final long-term order authorizing the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export project and the associated Pacific Connector pipeline in Oregon. The order authorizes the facility to export up to 1.08 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas as LNG to nations with which the U.S....

NERC Anticipates Adequate Resources to Meet Summer Electricity Demand Across Most of U.S.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation anticipates sufficient resources to meet this summer’s projected peak electricity demand in most areas of the U.S. despite the uncertainty caused by efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a July 7 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The corporation, which oversees regional electric...

Dakota Access Pipeline Ordered to Shut Down Pending Environmental Review

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on July 6 ordered Energy Transfer Partners LP to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline and empty it of oil until the completion of an environmental review, which is expected to take 13 months. The court found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the...

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...