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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 2, 2018

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on tomorow, July Fourth and Thursday.   It returns Friday, July 6.

Top Stories

FERC rejects PJM capacity market reform proposals, seeks quick resolution

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 06:48:48

In a 3-2 decision that drew sharp dissent from two commissioners, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late Friday rejected both of PJM Interconnection’s proposals to address failures in its capacity markets due to state subsidies supporting preferred generation resources. Whether to add more renewable energy, or to keep struggling emissions-free nuclear online, many states are increasingly supporting power plants that might not be economic but provide the clean energy needed to meet renewable portfolio standards and other policy goals. [ read more … ]

Powelson to leave FERC deadlocked on gas pipelines, grappling with resilience

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 04:31:33

“The administration’s plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants under the guise of national security is likely to come to FERC and Powelson won’t be there to join LeFleur and Glick to stop the excess in unnecessary compensation,” Robert Gramlich, federal policy specialist and founder of the consultancy Grid Strategies, told Utility Dive. Among other roles, Gramlich served as Republican FERC Chairman Pat Wood III’s economic advisor from 2001 to 2005. [ read more … ]

Montana’s Transmission System Ready For New Wind Energy, Report Says

By Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 04:31:47

Montana could play a significant role in meeting the demand for renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new study from the Bonneville Power Administration and the state of Montana. The report follows a meeting last December when energy developers and utility companies from across the Northwest met in Helena to talk about Montana’s energy future and the growing demand for less carbon emitting power. [ read more … ]

Policy and Poliics

In a 3-2 decision FERC rejects PJM capacity market fixes

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 06:47:05

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision, which one industry lawyer called “seismic,” argues that PJM’s current tariff is unjust, unreasonable and unduly discriminatory because it fails to protect competition in the region’s wholesale capacity market from state policies to subsidize renewable resources and nuclear power. PJM, which oversees the grid in 13 states in the Mid-Atlantic and eastern Great Lakes region, operates a capacity market that allows utilities and other electricity suppliers to purchase power to meet demand three years in advance. [ read more … ]

Powelson upends FERC with his departure

Rod Kuckro and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 04:32:24

Robert Powelson’s departure from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leaves the agency without its most experienced hand on state regulatory affairs at a time when turbulent policy debates about electric grid reliability and the impact of natural gas pipelines and their emissions are ripening. Powelson’s departure will leave FERC with a split commission, two Republicans and two Democrats, until a replacement is nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate. [ read more … ]

A new bench could rule on big climate cases

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 04:32:44

A replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy picked by President Trump is almost certain to steer the court to the right on a host of issues, and climate is no exception. The shift could lead critics of EPA climate rules to take aim at the 2007 Supreme Court ruling in the case Massachusetts v. EPA, a landmark decision finding that the agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Legal fights over the Trump administration’s climate policies could give the high court a chance to take another look at the issue. [ read more … ]

Canadian firms withdraw challenge to solar tariffs

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 04:33:19

Canadian solar companies are dropping their legal challenge to President Trump’s tariffs on foreign solar cells and modules. Silfab Solar Inc., Heliene Inc., Canadian Solar (USA) Inc. and Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. notified the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on Wednesday that they will voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit, which alleged that the tariffs violated federal law. [ read more … ]

Trump’s trade war one step behind China’s tech obsession

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 04:33:33

UQM Technologies Inc., a small Colorado-based company with pioneering electric vehicle propulsion systems, had been heading for a joint venture with China’s largest heavy-duty truck maker, China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co. If the deal had gone through, it would have given the $5 billion Chinese company nearly a one-third stake in UQM. And it would have given the U.S. company a foothold in China’s growing market for cars and trucks. [ read more … ]

Avangrid pitches $2.5B in resilience measures

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-02 04:33:50

Grid-wrecking storms are “the new normal,” energy giant Avangrid Inc. said as it rolled out $2.5 billion in proposed resilience measures this week. The upgrades were proposed for Avangrid’s systems in Maine and New York, where the company operates utilities. They’d have to be approved by utility regulators before they could be folded into customer bills. [ read more … ]

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