California Legislature Approves Cap-and-Trade Extension until 2030 with Concessions

The California legislature has passed legislation extending the cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state’s efforts against climate change. The extension aligns the program with the state’s 2030 emissions reduction targets. It cements California’s role as a leading state in climate policy nationwide at a time when federal climate policy remains uncertain.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – California Legislature Approves Cap-and-Trade Extension until 2030 with Concessions

The California legislature has passed legislation extending the cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state’s efforts against climate change. The extension aligns the program with the state’s 2030 emissions reduction targets. It cements California's role as a leading state in climate policy nationwide at a time when federal climate policy remains uncertain.

Halt of Kemper Coal Gasification Project Deals Blow to Carbon Capture and Storage

Mississippi regulators require the Kemper coal plant – hailed as the first large-scale clean coal facility – to run only on natural gas ending a seven year effort to demonstrate the viability of clean coal technology. The project's failure is a major setback for carbon capture and storage (CCS), particularly given the interest to save the coal industry under the Trump administration. The Kemper plant’s switch to natural gas is part of a broader trend caused by low-cost, low-carbon natural gas, making it difficult for expensive technologies to compete. Faced with adverse economics, the prospects of CCS will likely depend on the policy environment.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Halt of Kemper Coal Gasification Project Deals Blow to Carbon Capture and Storage

Mississippi regulators require the Kemper coal plant – hailed as the first large-scale clean coal facility – to run only on natural gas ending a seven year effort to demonstrate the viability of clean coal technology. The project's failure is a major setback for carbon capture and storage (CCS), particularly given the interest to save the coal industry under the Trump administration. The Kemper plant’s switch to natural gas is part of a broader trend caused by low-cost, low-carbon natural gas, making it difficult for expensive technologies to compete. Faced with adverse economics, the prospects of CCS will likely depend on the policy environment.

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North Carolina to Revise PURPA Rules

North Carolina has passed legislation that would reform implementation of PURPA, the key policy that helped the state become the second largest solar market in the U.S. PURPA has gained relevance in recent years due to the significant decline in renewable energy costs which has made solar and wind increasingly cost-competitive. However, utilities across states disagree over rates and contract lengths pertaining to projects under PURPA. The ongoing debate over PURPA will likely prompt reforms by modifying implementation terms or pushing legislation for future changes.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – North Carolina to Revise PURPA Implementation

North Carolina has passed legislation that would reform implementation of PURPA, the key policy that helped the state become the second largest solar market in the U.S. PURPA has gained relevance in recent years due to the significant decline in renewable energy costs which has made solar and wind increasingly cost-competitive. However, utilities across states disagree over rates and contract lengths pertaining to projects under PURPA. The ongoing debate over PURPA will likely prompt reforms by modifying implementation terms or pushing legislation for future changes.

New York to Set Energy Storage Targets by Next Year

The New York state legislature has passed legislation to establish storage procurement targets through 2030. New York joins a growing list of states discussing energy storage targets and incentives driven by the prolific growth of distributed generation. The legislation will support the state’s push towards its 50 percent renewables goal which provides opportunities for a diverse range of storage technologies.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New York to Set Energy Storage Targets by Next Year

The New York state legislature has passed legislation to establish storage procurement targets through 2030. New York joins a growing list of states discussing energy storage targets and incentives driven by the prolific growth of distributed generation. The legislation will support the state's push towards its 50 percent renewables goal which provides opportunities for a diverse range of storage technologies.

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DOE Grid Reliability Study to Examine Impact of Renewables on Baseload Generation

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s upcoming grid reliability study is examining whether renewables are accelerating coal and nuclear retirements, while the trend is primarily driven by low natural gas prices and slow growth in electricity demand. Renewable energy growth is increasingly driven by costs, as these technologies have matured and attained scale.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – DOE Grid Reliability Study to Examine Impact of Renewables on Baseload Generation

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s upcoming grid reliability study is examining whether renewables are accelerating coal and nuclear retirements, while the trend is primarily driven by low natural gas prices and slow growth in electricity demand. Renewable energy growth is increasingly driven by costs, as these technologies have matured and attained scale.

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Nevada Clean Energy Bills Driven by Anticipated Policy Shift toward Deregulation

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has vetoed legislation that would have increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and created a community solar program. However, he approved a suite of nine clean energy bills, pushing the state policy towards clean energy. The legislation comes in anticipation of energy market restructuring through a ballot measure in 2018.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Nevada Enacts Multiple Clean Energy Bills Preparing for Deregulation

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has vetoed legislation that would have increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and created a community solar program. However, he approved a suite of nine clean energy bills, pushing the state policy towards clean energy. The legislation comes in anticipation of energy market restructuring through a ballot measure in 2018.