Xcel Energy’s Upper Midwest Plan Seeks to Add 3 Gigawatts of Solar, Phase Out Coal by 2030

Xcel Energy Inc. plans to retire its last two coal power plants in Minnesota by 2030, a decade earlier than scheduled, while extending operations of its Monticello nuclear plant until at least 2040, according to a May 20 announcement. The closures are part of the company’s integrated resource plan, which will be filed with the…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Lean on Utilities to Foster the Rise of Electric Vehicles

The unabating momentum of electric vehicle (EV) growth has prompted regulators and legislators to examine policies and standards of utilities regarding charging infrastructure. Utilities can assume a larger role in developing EV charging because of their ability to install and operate widely distributed electrical assets.

FERC Approves Train 4 Texas Freeport LNG Expansion Despite Contentious Emission Standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Texas Freeport LNG’s Train 4 expansion, the commission’s fourth approval of a liquified natural gas project this year, highlighting the nation’s commitment to exporting the super-chilled gas, according to a May 16 press release. The expansion of LNG terminal, located in eastern Texas, includes an extra liquefaction unit as…

PG&E Power Lines Caused Deadly Camp Fire According to California Investigator

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has determined that Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, according to a May 15 press release. The Camp Fire started in Butte County on the morning of November 8,…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. to Become Net Gas Exporter by Pipeline in 2019 Amid Jump in Shipments to Mexico

The U.S. is poised to become a net exporter of natural gas by pipeline for the year for the first time ever following a 24 percent jump in shipments to Mexico in 2018 and a build out of new cross-border links set to expand the capacity for flows heading to the southern neighbor.

Coal-Fired Plants to Generate 13 Percent Less Power This Summer Amid Rise in Natural Gas, Renewables: EIA

U.S. power plants are projected to generate 2 percent less power during the summer months of 2019 compared to last year due to changes in the mix of energy sources, according to a May 9 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal is forecast to supply 25 percent of generation this summer, down from…

Rash of Climate Bills Fail to Advance in Montana’s Republican Controlled Legislature

A series of bills which sought to tackle, monitor or challenge the issue climate change failed to pass the Republican-controlled legislature in Montana before it adjourned on April 25. Introduced by representative Nary Dunwell, a Democrat, HB 193 would establish a carbon tax and create ways to distribute the revenue from it. The bill would require…

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Bills Transitioning State To 100 Percent Renewables by 2050

A bipartisan group of state legislators re-introduced a pair of bills aimed at getting Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Christopher Rabb, a Democrat, introduced HB 1425, while Tom Killion, a Republican, is sponsoring the Senate version, SB 630. The proposals will set benchmarks for phasing out nonrenewable energy by requiring 50 percent…

Electric Suppliers’ Use of Solar Credits to Meet District of Columbia’s Renewable Standards More Than Doubled in 2018: Report

The District of Columbia’s electric suppliers retired nearly 68,000 solar renewable energy credits in 2018, compared to about 31,000 last year, yet the solar requirement rose by a mere 0.17 percent and retail sales by 3 percent, according to the Public Service Commission’s annual report on compliance with the renewable energy portfolio standards. The report…

New York Adopts Emission Standards to Phase Out Coal Plants Next Year

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 9 announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation established regulations requiring all the power plants in the state to meet new emission limits for carbon dioxide. No existing coal-fired sources are expected to continue beyond 2020 under the new rule, as emissions control technology needed for…

New Hampshire Approves Bill to Adopt Revised Regional Carbon Market Rules

The New Hampshire legislature passed a measure on May 8 amending regulations governing the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, to be consistent with the program’s updated model rule adopted in December 2017. The nine-state compact established the nation’s first mandatory emissions trading program. The bill revises the statewide budget allowance,…

U.S. Produces Record Amount of Energy From All Sources Except Coal: EIA

The United States produced a record amount of energy from various sources in 2018, reaching 96 quadrillion British thermal units, 8 percent higher than in the previous year, according to the Energy Information Administration’s latest Monthly Energy Review. While fossil fuels like crude oil and natural gas saw increases of 17 and 12 percent respectively…