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July 9, 2018

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N.J. regulator threatens to pull out of PJM power market

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:05:12

State lawmakers have increasingly strayed into the power sector in recent years to stave off the retirement of struggling nuclear plants and to advance climate policies. That has raised concerns from some electricity companies and federal regulators, who worry state subsidies are distorting wholesale power markets. Last week, FERC rejected PJM’s plan to overhaul its capacity market, essentially saying state-subsidized power plants will need to choose between their subsidy and participating in the market for reserve power [ read more … ]

Subtle move by Trump FERC worries clean energy supporters

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:06:25

A recent decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission promises to overhaul the PJM Interconnection, America’s largest wholesale electricity market. Exactly how is a matter of debate. At first glance, FERC’s decision to reject PJM’s proposal to overhaul its capacity market would appear to favor coal and natural gas plant owners. The ruling essentially requires power plants that receive a state subsidy to choose between their subsidy or the capacity market. In other words, they cannot do both. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Pruitt Is Gone. But These Five E.P.A. Policy Battles Are Still Ahead.

By Brad Plummer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:05:53

Scott Pruitt is gone. But the big regulatory rollbacks he set in motion at the Environmental Protection Agency are still very much alive. The E.P.A.’s new acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will pick up where Mr. Pruitt left off, working to scale back rules on power plant emissions, vehicle standards and water pollution. Environmentalists have already vowed to fight these moves. [ read more … ]

California bill to establish ‘carbon-free’ grid advances

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:01:33

A bill to increase California’s renewable portfolio standard is advancing in the state Legislature against the backdrop of President Trump and his efforts to reverse federal climate policies. The bill, by state Sen. Kevin de León (D), would increase the Golden State’s renewable portfolio standard to 60 percent by 2030, up from 50 percent currently, with an additional target of 100 percent “zero-carbon” electricity by 2045. [ read more … ]

New Jersey moves ahead on offshore wind plan

By MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST Staff Writer, Press of Atlantic City  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 06:58:56

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities chose a firm Friday to help it create an Offshore Wind Strategic Plan, but will not announce the name of the firm until the Department of Treasury issues a contract, a spokesman said. The BPU will hold a public hearing 10 a.m. July 19 near Trenton on its plans to quickly solicit 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind capacity. [ read more … ]

What’s the future for the Midwest in a post-mandate world?

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:01:07

The role of RPS policies as a driver of wind and solar energy is waning in certain regions of the country, including the Midwest, said Galen Barbose, a research scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at LBNL. “Clearly RPS policies are playing a minor and diminishing role,” he said. With utilities in many Midwestern states already hitting clean energy targets or on course to easily do so, their success raises a new policy question: Should Midwestern states double down on RPS policies like some states on the coasts have already done? Is doing so political reality? Or are market forces, aided for now by federal tax incentives, enough to continue the momentum? [ read more … ]

Wind Catcher takes the stage in Okla.

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:00:30

Regulators in Oklahoma are scheduled to hold a hearing today on a major wind project as the oil and gas state grapples with potential costs and benefits of renewable energy. American Electric Power Co.’s proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection has stirred debate in four states since it — and its $4.5 billion price tag — was detailed last July. AEP is looking for support of plans to recover associated costs from customers in the future. [ read more … ]

New wind industry investments in Maine hinge on election of governor

BY TUX TURKEL, Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 06:59:49

Wind power developers say they are holding off on billions of dollars in investments in new Maine wind farms until they see whether the next governor will be a friend or foe of renewable energy. With one Democrat and two liberal independents among the four candidates in the race, the question may come down to whether Republican Shawn Moody wins the election and maintains the anti-wind stance of Gov. Paul LePage. [ read more … ]

In Pacific Northwest, the ferries are going electric

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:02:32

Three giant ferries on Puget Sound are scheduled to switch from diesel to electric in the next five years, a signal flag that yet another sector is starting to choose batteries over fuel. The boats — the Puyallup, Wenatchee and Tacoma — are gentle behemoths, carrying up to 2,500 passengers and 202 vehicles from the mainland to the other shore. They are the largest in the fleet and among the largest ever to consider ditching oil. [ read more … ]

FERC

N.Y., Ill. subsidy critics say new FERC order boosts their fight

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:04:22

Critics of nuclear subsidies in New York and Illinois are using a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order as ammunition in their fight against the state policies. The Electric Power Supply Association and other challengers on Tuesday told two federal courts that a contentious new FERC order on capacity market reform in the PJM Interconnection region bolsters their position that “zero-emission credits” favoring nuclear energy are unlawful. [ read more … ]

Split FERC decision orders New England fuel security changes

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-07 07:03:44

In yet another late night split decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Monday  gave New England’s grid operator a new pathway to keeping two natural gas units open for purposes of fuel security. The decision earned uncommon dissents from a commissioner on each side of the aisle, including Democrat Richard Glick, who warned that it could lead to a “parade of uneconomic generators” seeking cost-of-service payments “under the guise of fuel security.” [ read more … ]

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