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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 31, 2018

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FERC to consider reliability challenges

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:47:15

Federal regulators are set to hear from a roster of electricity industry leaders today on the challenges to maintaining reliable electricity service in the face of resilience concerns, cybersecurity threats, physical disruptions to the grid and increasing amounts of distributed energy resources such as solar. The all-day technical conference at the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington is a ritual in response to the annual “State of Reliability” report published by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC). [ read more … ]

Wheeler to face lawmakers in first hearing as agency chief

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:46:47

Andrew Wheeler will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for his first congressional hearing as acting EPA administrator. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is well-trodden ground for Wheeler, who took the reins of EPA earlier this month after Scott Pruitt stepped down under heavy scrutiny for allegations of exorbitant spending and mismanagement. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Agency hurries on climate rules in case Trump’s a one-termer

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:48:13

EPA is entering crunch time. A push is underway at the agency to get regulations out the door before the calendar flips to 2019, giving the administration two years to defend its environmental policies in court before the end of President Trump’s first term. [ read more … ]

LaFleur profile on the rise at split FERC

By Alex Guillén, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:48:32

Cheryl LaFleur won’t be wielding the gavel at FERC anytime soon, but she is about to become the commission’s most powerful member. The impending departure of Republican Robert Powelson will leave FERC evenly split along party lines, potentially throwing a wrench into the agenda for several months or longer until a fifth commissioner is confirmed. [ read more … ]

NextEra to retire Iowa nuclear plant in 2020

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:49:40

NextEra Energy will close its 601 MW Duane Arnold nuclear plant in Iowa in late 2020 after reaching an agreement with utility Alliant to end its power purchase agreement (PPA) with the plant five years early. Alliant will pay $110 million and buy 340 MW of wind energy from existing NextEra projects in exchange for ending the PPA, the companies said in a release. Alliant expects its customers to save $300 million from the move, including the costs of replacing energy and capacity. [ read more … ]

Can wind-rich Iowa go beyond nuclear without a carbon impact?

Jeffrey Tomich and Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:48:56

f a nuclear plant closes prematurely in the heart of wind country, does it have a climate impact? It’s a key question in the wake of Friday’s announcement of an agreement between NextEra Energy Resources and Alliant Energy Corp. to shutter Iowa’s Duane Arnold nuclear plant in two years — five years earlier than previously expected and almost a decade and a half before the plant’s federal license expires. [ read more … ]

Virginia Kicks Offshore Wind Development Into Higher Gear

By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:50:23

Following a request for proposals, Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., says the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has selected BVG Associates to help develop strategies to support the state’s offshore wind development. According to the governor, the firm’s work will build on Virginia’s “advantages and opportunities” and provide recommendations to enhance the state’s port assets and maritime workforce [ read more … ]

Wind Farms for the Jersey Shore — State Outlines a Critical Rule

By TOM JOHNSON, NJSpotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-07-31 06:50:39

The state yesterday proposed a funding mechanism to develop offshore wind, one of the first concrete steps and perhaps most critical of the regulatory components needed to build wind farms off the Jersey coast. The new rule, proposed by the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), sets forth the framework for how ratepayer subsidies will flow to the offshore-wind developers and how revenues earned by projects from the wind-generated electricity will be returned to utility customers. [ read more … ]

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