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April 27, 2018

Top Stories

U.S. speeds toward a cleaner grid, raising questions

John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:30:12

When it comes to generating renewable electricity, Hawaii is leading other states in almost every category. It gets 33 percent of its electricity from rooftop solar and has 60 utility-scale renewable energy projects feeding power into its grids. The state Legislature wants to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Just how it does that, while preventing overloads and brownouts, is being closely watched by other states. [ read more … ]

NY latest renewables RFP to spur $1.5B investment

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:29:37

New York announced its second large-scale renewables solicitation on Wednesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) estimated that it could drive up to $1.5 billion in green energy investments. The bids are expected to support the generation of 1.5 million MWh annually — roughly the annual energy consumption of 200,000 homes — contributing to the state’s goal of reaching 50% renewable energy by 2030. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

NextEra CEO: Offshore wind is ‘terrible energy policy’

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:30:33

NextEra Energy CEO Jim Robo said the economics for offshore wind projects are bad for customers during an earnings call Monday. He said the company has not ventured into those projects because of the expensive costs and lengthy timeline, concluding that ultimately it is “terrible energy policy. NextEra has increasingly focused on renewable energy projects primarily in the United States, with thousands of megawatts of wind and solar controlled by subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources. But officials say there are plenty of onshore opportunities, making it unnecessary to invest in offshore resources. [ read more … ]

Hawaii upends utility model, adds incentives for solar

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:30:52

Hawaii is overhauling how utilities get paid, upending a century-old business model and ordering incentives for affordability, renewable power and helping homeowners add rooftop solar. Gov. David Ige (D) on Tuesday signed legislation that directs the state’s Public Utilities Commission to create a framework for rewarding utilities based on performance. Criteria for rewards or penalties include “rapid integration of renewable energy sources, including quality interconnection of customer-sited resources.” [ read more … ]

Pruitt signed ‘secret science’ plan before OMB ended review

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:31:12

The White House Office of Management and Budget completed its review of EPA’s proposed “secret science” rule yesterday — one day after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed it, according to the Reginfo.gov site. Neither OMB nor EPA spokespersons replied to emailed queries this morning seeking an explanation of the timing. The proposed rule, which Pruitt signed Tuesday, would require EPA to make the scientific data used to develop major regulations publicly available “for validation and analysis.” [ read more … ]

House lawmakers introduce solar and storage incentive bill

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:31:53

Lawmakers pushed bills yesterday to promote a key solar incentive and do for energy storage what hydraulic fracturing did for natural gas. In the House, Reps. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) and Bill Foster (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 5610, the “Better Energy Storage Technology Act,” which aims to set “moonshot” research goals for storage, similar to what occurred with solar power. The legislation would also provide $45 million for the Department of Energy to establish three large storage demonstration projects by 2028. The money would be matched by the private sector. [ read more … ]

Electric vehicles should fear the ‘dragon curve,’ researchers say

David Ferris, E&E News reporte  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:32:13

Swarms of electric vehicles could balloon energy demand in the evening, researchers say, calling the phenomenon a “dragon curve” that grid managers will have to tame. The findings and the catchy name come from a study by the California Energy Commission and National Renewable Energy Laboratory that projected what sort of charging infrastructure the state will need to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) goal of 1.5 million EVs by 2025. [ read more … ]

As Md. plans charger build-out, groups urge equal access

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:32:28

Maryland wants to build an electric vehicle charger network. The question on some Marylanders’ minds is: Whom’s it for? The state’s four biggest utilities are asking regulators to let them undertake a $104 million portfolio of plans that could end up plugging more than 24,000 chargers into the grid — the nation’s second-biggest network, behind California. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma House votes to take away wind industry incentives

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-04-26 16:32:50

The Oklahoma House has narrowly voted to take away millions of dollars’ worth of state incentives for the wind industry. The House voted 51-46 on Wednesday to eliminate the refundability of tax credits the state currently offers for electricity produced by wind, beginning in 2019. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration. [ read more … ]

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