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July 27, 2018

Top Story

DOE study sees economic, security benefits in single U.S. grid

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 06:28:12

The U.S. electric power “grid” grew up over nearly a century as three largely separate, synchronized grids — the Eastern and Western interconnections and the Texas system. The east and west sections were divided reasonably by the Rocky Mountains. Texas kept to itself rather than share its cheap power from lignite deposits with fellow Americans, according to a colorful historical account. Now a new analysis led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory pointedly asks why the three-way split still makes sense. The conclusion: It doesn’t. [ read more … ]

Groundbreaking Study Highlights Benefits of Expanding Transmission

By Americans for a Clean Energy Grid  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 03:59:11

“This study shows that expanding the transmission grid is a great deal for electricity consumers, delivering as much as $3.30 in benefits for each dollar invested,” said John Jimison, Executive Director of ACEG. “By upgrading our transmission infrastructure, federal, state and regional policy makers can save money for consumers, create jobs, and make our electric grid more reliable.” [ read more … ]

WIRES Applauds Major Interregional Transmission Study by an NREL-led Group

By WIRES  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 03:59:26

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and several collaborators issued yesterday a much-anticipated analysis of the economic and operational benefits of greater integration of the interstate electric transmission grid across the current “seams’ between the Eastern and Western North American power grids.  [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Senators urge Trump to act on Russian grid threats

Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 04:04:47

Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are calling on the White House to investigate reported Russian hacking intrusions into the U.S. power grid. “We have reason to be alarmed,” the two lawmakers said in a letter addressed to President Trump yesterday, citing a March alert from the Department of Homeland Security. [ read more … ]

Trump’s move to weaken car rules could reopen climate case

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 04:04:25

The Trump administration’s plan to weaken federal rules on vehicle emissions could lead to the Supreme Court re-examining a major climate case that defined carbon dioxide as an air pollutant. [ read more … ]

Largest U.S. Wind Farm Dealt Potentially Fatal Blow in Texas

By Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 04:05:08

Texas dealt a potential death blow to what would be the largest-ever U.S. wind farm: American Electric Power Co.’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project. The Texas Public Utility Commission on Thursday unanimously rejected the project as proposed, saying it doesn’t offer enough benefits for ratepayers as currently structured. American Electric said it was evaluating its options. [ read more … ]

NextEra Energy is getting ready for storage ‘revolution’

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 04:05:24

NextEra Energy Inc. continues to emphasize storage as part of its energy portfolio, with executives referring to it as “the next phase of renewables deployment.” NextEra’s robust renewable energy unit added 90 megawatts of battery storage projects to a backlog during the second quarter, executives said yesterday. [ read more … ]

N.J. starts work on financing mechanism for projects

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 04:05:57

New Jersey regulators yesterday kicked off development for the financing instrument that they hope will make the state one of the country’s leading builders of offshore wind. The state Board of Public Utilities proposed a rule with the goal of designing an “offshore renewable energy credit,” or OREC, that can be held out to developers of offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Mass. is losing steam in solar growth

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-27 04:06:07

Massachusetts’ solar industry is experiencing growing pains. The commonwealth’s ambitious solar policies have resulted in 2.1 gigawatts of installed solar capacity, good for sixth in the nation. [ read more … ]

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