DOE’s Sunshot Initiative Reaches Utility Solar Cost Target Three Years ahead of Schedule

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced new priorities for its SunShot Initiative after it met the utility-scale solar cost target three years ahead of schedule. The new funding programs will prioritize research on grid reliability, reflecting the growing role of solar in the generation mix. In addition, over the coming years, DOE would examine the costs and benefits of net energy metering to utilities, ratepayers, and the grid.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – DOE’s SunShot Initiative Reaches Utility Solar Cost Target Three Years ahead of Schedule

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced new priorities for its SunShot Initiative after it met the utility-scale solar cost target three years ahead of schedule. The new funding programs will prioritize research on grid reliability, reflecting the growing role of solar in the generation mix. In addition, over the coming years, DOE would examine the costs and benefits of net energy metering to utilities, ratepayers, and the grid.

Legislative Proposal Drops $3B Funding Plan for EVs in California

California lawmakers have removed a $3 billion, 12-year electric vehicle (EV) funding plan from a bill aimed to provide EV rebates and incentives. Instead, the amended bill would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to study vehicle incentive programs. California, a leader in EV adoption, is being closely watched for regulatory actions that could shape policies in other states.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Legislative Proposal Drops $3B Funding Plan for EVs in California

California lawmakers have removed a $3 billion, 12-year electric vehicle (EV) funding plan from a bill aimed to provide EV rebates and incentives. Instead, the amended bill would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to study vehicle incentive programs. California, a leader in EV adoption, is being closely watched for regulatory actions that could shape policies in other states.

Duke Energy Florida Cancels Nuclear Projects and Turns to Renewables

Duke Energy Florida has reached an agreement with industry and consumer groups to cancel a nuclear project and invest more in solar and grid modernization. Recent similar proposals from major utilities such as Xcel and AEP reflect growing interest in renewable energy. While the trend towards renewables has been largely attributed to state mandates and improving economics, recent developments show that utilities are increasingly perceiving them as opportunities for growth and profit.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Duke Energy Florida Cancels Nuclear Projects and Turns to Renewables

Duke Energy Florida has reached an agreement with industry and consumer groups to cancel a nuclear project and invest more in solar and grid modernization. Recent similar proposals from major utilities such as Xcel and AEP reflect growing interest in renewable energy. While the trend towards renewables has been largely attributed to state mandates and improving economics, recent developments show that utilities are increasingly perceiving them as opportunities for growth and profit.

Court Rejects FERC’s Gas Pipeline Approval for Failing to Consider Emissions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project – a three-part interstate pipeline – over concerns of inadequate review of greenhouse gas emissions. The decision comes while the Trump administration strives to streamline infrastructure permitting, and could broaden the scope of environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act for pipeline projects and other energy infrastructure.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Court Rejects FERC’s Gas Pipeline Approval for Failing to Consider Emissions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project – a three-part interstate pipeline – over concerns of inadequate review of greenhouse gas emissions. The decision comes while the Trump administration strives to streamline infrastructure permitting, and could broaden the scope of environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act for pipeline projects and other energy infrastructure.

EnerKnol Nuclear Subsidy Mapper

Cheap natural gas and the resulting wholesale electricity price declines have squeezed the revenues for nuclear generators, many of which have come under the risk of premature closure due to their inability to compete in the wholesale markets. However, multiple states have expressed support for options to keep nuclear as a low-carbon baseload electricity source in their energy portfolios.

Rejection of Grain Belt Express Highlights Dysfunction in Interstate Transmission Planning

The Missouri Public Service Commission has rejected the multi-state Grain Belt Express transmission project for the second time since 2015.The decision is based on a recent court ruling that all counties involved in a project must approve it before the MO PSC can do so. Four commissioners indicated they would have approved the project since it was in the public interest if not for the court decision. The move underscores the need for policies that greenlight grid modernization driven by the growing share of renewables in the generation mix.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Rejection of Grain Belt Express Highlights Dysfunction in Interstate Transmission Planning

The Missouri Public Service Commission has rejected the multi-state Grain Belt Express transmission project for the second time since 2015.The decision is based on a recent court ruling that all counties involved in a project must approve it before the MO PSC can do so. Four commissioners indicated they would have approved the project since it was in the public interest if not for the court decision. The move underscores the need for policies that greenlight grid modernization driven by the growing share of renewables in the generation mix.

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Rhode Island Streamlines Solar Permitting in Clean Energy Bill Package

Rhode Island has enacted a suite of clean energy bills which includes legislation to streamline solar permitting and renewable energy interconnection. Rhode Island thus joins a small group of states that strive to standardize solar permitting, an important step toward reducing the soft costs of solar. Standardizing permitting is likely the next major opportunity for the solar industry which has benefited immensely from cheaper technology and financing.