NY Green Bank Commitments Exceed $900 Million, Driving $2.4 Billion in Clean Energy Investments

The NY Green Bank’s fourth quarter of 2019 was the strongest to date, adding nearly $118 million to its portfolio, according to a Feb. 14 announcement. With portfolio commitments exceeding $909 million, the bank has spurred $2.4 billion in clean energy investments. The bank was established in 2013 to alleviate market barriers, motivating private sector…

New York Advances $485 Million Transmission Project to Enhance Grid Reliability, Support Renewables

The New York State Public Service Commission approved the first phase of the New York Power Authority’s Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project, which is designed to improve the reliability and resilience of the electric system in Upstate New York, according to a Feb. 6 news release. The project will rebuild facilities that are well past…

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Sweeping Energy Bill to Achieve Carbon-Free Power by Mid-Century

Virginia lawmakers passed the Clean Economy Act on Feb. 11 that  sets the state on the path to carbon-free power by 2050, establishes a mandatory renewable portfolio standard, adopts an energy storage deployment target, and strengthens energy efficiency requirements. Among the major provisions, the legislation replaces the existing voluntary renewable energy portfolio system program with…

U.S. Energy Department to Invest $64 Million to Advance Clean Coal Technologies

The U.S. Energy Department announced funding for cost-shared projects focused on developing the critical components required under its Coal FIRST initiative and transformational coal-fired systems, according to a Feb. 7 news release. The initiative aims to develop modular coal-based power plants built with advanced methods to meet the requirements of the evolving electric grid. The…

New Pathfinder Initiative Aims to Protect U.S. Energy Infrastructure From Cyber Threats

The U.S. Energy Department has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense on a new Energy Sector Pathfinder initiative to strengthen intergovernmental cooperation in proactively addressing cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure, according to a Feb. 3 news release. The initiative aims to advance information sharing, enhance training and education regarding…

Coal’s Share of New England Power Mix Drops to One Percent, Driven by Plant Closures, Low Operating Rates: EIA

Coal-fired electricity generation and coal consumption in New England and New York have fallen to near minimal levels as many of the coal plants in the region have either retired or switched fuels, according to a Feb. 4 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal’s share of generation will be less than one percent…

Minnesota Regulators Clear Environmental Review for Enbridge’s $2.9 Billion Oil Pipeline

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 3 determined that a court-ordered revised environmental review of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline project is adequate. The agency also approved and re-issued the certificate of need and route permit for the project, which has been delayed for a year due to opposition from environmental groups and permitting…

Hydropower Garners Attention as States Race for Carbon-Free Grid

Hydropower is moving to the forefront of clean energy and climate policy debates as a growing number of U.S. states are setting targets to achieve zero-carbon power. About half a dozen state-level laws were enacted last year to establish 100 percent clean energy transition, showing how the nation’s decade-long renewable push is ramping up. Hydroelectricity…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New Jersey Pursues Bold Strategies to Advance Decarbonization

New Jersey is making strides to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Among recent actions, the state released a comprehensive plan for economy-wide decarbonization, enacted a law to boost electric vehicle use targeting 2 million EVs on the road by 2035, and doubled the offshore wind power goal to 7.5 gigawatts by 2035.

U.S. Electricity Generation From Renewables to Surpass Natural Gas in 2045: EIA Annual Energy Outlook

U.S. electricity generation from renewable sources such as wind and solar are projected to surpass nuclear and coal by 2021 and to surpass natural gas in 2045, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2020. The share of U.S. electricity generation from renewable sources is projected to double, accounting for 38 percent…

U.S. Court Orders EPA to Review Biofuel Waivers Granted to Refineries Under Renewable Fuel Standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Jan. 24 vacated three orders issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2017 granting extensions of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, program. The court ruled that the agency cannot allow extensions of exemptions that had lapsed, noting that none of…

New Mexico Court Directs Utility Regulator to Apply Energy Transition Act to PNM’s Coal Plant Retirement Plan

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Jan. 29 ruled that the Public Regulation Commission must apply the Energy Transition Act, or ETA, to the closure and replacement of the San Juan coal-fired plant, granting a petition by New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, and the legislators who sponsored the act. The…