U.S. Energy Department Announces $30 Million For Carbon Capture Systems to Support Fossil Power Generation

The U.S. Energy Department is providing the funding for cost-shared research and development to develop technologies that can lower the cost of capturing carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants, according to a Sept. 27 press release. The projects selected under the department’s “Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies” will facilitate the development of solvents…

U.S. Interior Department Approves Utility Corridor For Enefit’s Oil Shale Project in Utah

The Bureau of Land Management on Sept. 26 authorized right-of-way grants for the Enefit American Oil Utility Corridor Project which would provide access, natural gas, electricity, and water to Enefit American Oil’s South Project while allowing transport of processed oil. The South Project comprises commercial oil shale mining operations on 7,000- acre to 9,000-acres of…

Southern Company Agrees to More Cost Risks to Keep Vogtle Nuclear Project Alive

The owners of the Vogtle nuclear plant on Sept. 26 agreed to continue with the project expansion after resolving issues over budget overruns. The deal follows majority owner Southern Company’s announcement in August to raise project costs by $2.3 billion, prompting a vote on the future of the project under provisions of the joint ownership…

Trump Administration to Offer 78 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico Oil, Gas Lease Sale

The U.S. Interior Department proposed to offer all available unleased areas in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing in the auction to be held in March 2019, according to a Sept. 25 press release. The auction marks the fourth offshore sale under the 2017-2022 leasing program. The last auction held in August…

FERC Cost Allocation Settlement For Transmission Projects Passes on $318 Million to Illinois Ratepayers

The Illinois Commerce Commission announced that Commonwealth Edison Company’s customers will see $318 million in benefits as a result of a settlement concerning the allocation of costs for transmission facilities in the PJM Interconnection LLC’s footprint, according to the agency’s Sept. 25 press release. The settlement, approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is a…

U.S. Energy-Related Emissions Fell by 14 Percent Since 2005 as Natural Gas, Non-Carbon Sources Overpower Coal: EIA

U.S. energy related carbon emissions in 2017 dropped 0.9 percent from the prior year and 14 percent below 2005 levels, according to a Sept. 25 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Although the gross domestic product grew by 2.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, the agency said that emissions were more than offset by…

SunPower Wins FERC Approval to Sell 125-Megawatt Solar Project in Nevada

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 25 authorized SunPower Corporation to sell its membership interests in Boulder Solar III LLC to 174 Power Global Corporation and KOMIPO America Inc. The Boulder Solar project is a 125-megawatt solar photovoltaic electric power generating facility under development in Nevada. The project is expected to come online in…

U.S. Crude Oil Exports Rose by 80 Percent During First Half of 2018 Amid Growing Production: EIA

The U.S. exported 7.3 million barrels per day of crude oil and petroleum products in the first half of 2018, the largest recorded for the first six months of a year, according to a Sept. 24 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Crude oil exports, which exceeded hydrocarbon liquids exports, were about 80 percent…

U.S. Announces Solar Tariff Exclusions, SunPower Gets Boost

The U.S. Trade Representative on Sept. 19 granted exclusions from import duties for certain solar products. These include 45-W off-grid solar panels, 120-W flexible and semi-flexible off-grid panels designed for motor vehicles and boats, 90-W frameless panels in colors other than black or blue, back contact solar cells, and modules using U.S.-made solar cells. Solar…

Georgia Lawmakers Seek Cap on Vogtle Nuclear Project to Protect Ratepayers

More than a dozen members of the Georgia General Assembly, in a Sept. 19 letter to the owners of the Vogtle nuclear plant, expressed concerns over the “ever-escalating cost” of the project and urged them to establish a cost cap to protect electric ratepayers from cost overruns. The lawmakers noted that, last month Georgia Power,…

Macquarie Wins U.S. Approval to Sell 610- Megawatt Bayonne Gas Power Plant in New Jersey

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 19 authorized NHIP II Bayonne Holdings LLC to indirectly acquire the outstanding equity interests in Thermal Bayonne Holdings LLC from MIC Thermal Power Holdings LLC. Thermal Bayonne is an indirect parent of Bayonne Energy Center LLC, which operates a 610-megawatt gas power plant in New Jersey, and Zone…

U.S. Energy Department Approves Natural Gas Exports to Mexican LNG Project

The U.S. Energy Department on Sept. 19 authorized Mexico Pacific Limited LLC to export up to 621 billion cubic feet per year of natural gas by pipeline for end use in Mexico and to re-export the gas after liquefaction in Mexico to countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement or FTA countries.…