EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Ameren, FirstEnergy, Pepco Advance Grid Modernization Projects Worth Billions

Ameren, FirstEnergy, and Pepco are advancing sweeping plans to modernize the power grid. The programs, exceeding $7.5 billions in investments, mark the latest efforts by utilities to overhaul an aging, antiquated transmission and distribution system to make it more resilient, accommodate the growing penetration of renewable and distributed energy, and enhance customer-interaction.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Offshore Wind Farms Spin Up as States Double Commitments

Competition among U.S. states eager to take the lead in the nation's still nascent offshore wind sector is fueling growth and bringing the industry to new highs. Turning these goals into reality will be no small feat, as the targets are several hundred times the current installed capacity. Still, this hasn’t dissuaded states from doubling down on offshore wind commitments.

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – August 2019 Update

State renewable portfolio standards are a key driver behind the torrid expansion of wind and solar generation across the U.S., responsible for about half of the nation’s deployment of the clean energy sources over the last couple of decades, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over three dozen states, territories and the nation’s capital…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Investments in Electric Vehicles Pile Up as Fossil-Fuel Phase Outs Loom

The transportation sector’s overwhelming reliance on higher-emitting fossil fuels combined with a federal retreat on climate change policy and fuel economy standards has made the widespread deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) one of the top priorities for states looking to achieve increasingly stringent emission cuts. Electric utilities, playing a central role in the shift away from gasoline-powered cars, are now rolling out of hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure investments and a grab bag of consumer incentives.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Carbon Emission Pricing in the U.S.: State of Play in 2019

As legislatures adjourn, U.S. states take stock of their progress on expanding clean energy and climate policies. Measures to tackle greenhouse gas emissions have long been a political lightning rod, but mechanisms like carbon pricing are coming up more regularly in legislative sessions and evolving to play a key role in the shift to a low-carbon economy.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Falling Costs of Batteries Put Gas Peakers in the Past

Battery storage has long held the promise of eventually replacing the costliest, most-polluting fossil-fuel fired generators that are used to meet surging electricity demand on the grid. That day may now be upon us as costs of batteries plummet and as state regulators from Massachusetts to Arizona weigh new incentives for the technology.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Community Solar Is Having Its Day in the Sun

State legislatures from Maryland to Colorado are finding bigger is better when it comes to community solar gardens, and have passed bills to expand the size of eligible projects or to even eliminate the cap on the number of residents that can subscribe to the facilities.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – NextEra, PGE Among Utilities Leading the Charge in Paired Battery Projects

Battery storage is no longer just paving the way for greater integration of renewables onto the grid. The technology is now ushering in larger utility-scale solar and wind projects with diverse configurations. Utility proposals to develop massive storage projects in tandem with renewables are becoming more common as intermittent wind and solar continue to produce a growing share of power generation. Aggressive state and utility decarbonization goals are also driving the need for cost-effective batteries.

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – June 2019 Update

In this update, Maryland, Nevada, Washington and Puerto Rico are the latest states and territory to strengthen targets for clean energy, showing how America’s decade-long renewable push is ramping up. Puerto Rico set a goal in March to source all of its power from renewables by 2050. In April, Nevada lawmakers unanimously approved a target…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – America’s Decade-Long Renewable Push Is Ramping Up

Lawmakers from about a dozen U.S. states advanced measures this year to grow supplies of renewable energy through bold anti-fossil-fuel mandates, showing that support for carbon free power sources bears no signs of abating even after years of steady policy action by legislatures.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Nuclear and Renewables Share the Stage as Regulators Look for Zero-Carbon Options

Nuclear power is making its way into clean energy policies as more states embark on ambitious emissions reduction plans. The need to build up carbon-free energy resources in the fight against global warming is driving a number of policymakers to put nuclear power on equal footing with renewable resources.