U.S. President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on April 10 aimed to speed up the federal process for cross-border energy infrastructure projects and restrict the role of states in the permitting process for siting pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. One order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review a section of the Clean…Details
Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, proposed a modification to its net metering program for Idaho customers by allowing a once-per-year transfer of financial credits between eligible meters, according to an April 9 press release from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The company said that current regulations do not provide for aggregation of accounts…Details
New York Grid Operator Selects $1.2 Billion Worth of Transmission Projects to Ease Congestion, Accommodate Renewables
The New York Independent System Operator Inc.’s board of directors selected two transmission projects, which would add the largest amount of capacity to the state’s power grid in over 30 years, according to an April 8 press release. The grid operator said that the aging and congested transmission infrastructure is not capable of accommodating the…Details
Maryland Lawmakers Pass Legislation to Double Renewable Standard, Examine Pathways for 100 Percent Goal
The Maryland General Assembly approved a bill on April 8 that would raise the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030 from 25 percent by 2020. The measure would require a study to create a comprehensive plan to achieve a 100 percent goal by 2040. The legislation adds to the growing list of state-level…...