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July 27, 2020

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FirstEnergy CEO says company “acted ethically” in efforts to pass House Bill 6

By Robin Goist,  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:34:05

“We intend to cooperate fully with the Department of Justice investigation involving the Ohio Speaker of the House, and we will ensure our company’s involvement in supporting HB 6 is understood as accurately as possible,” Jones said. “I believe that FirstEnergy acted ethically in this matter. At no time did our support for Ohio’s nuclear plants interfere with or supersede our ethical obligations to conduct our business properly. I believe the facts will become clear as the investigation progresses.” [ read more … ]

Ohio governor backs repeal of ‘tainted’ energy law

BY Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:28:56

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who had defended an energy law at the center of a $61 million racketeering case, reversed course yesterday and called for the repeal and replacement of the measure he signed into law exactly a year ago. The development followed a report that DeWine’s legislative director, Dan McCarthy, had served as president of the dark money group, Generation Now, that’s at the center of the scandal and led to the arrest of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder [ read more … ]

Meet the utility CEO at the center of an alleged $60M bribe

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:30:42

Charles Jones had already established himself as one of the most visible utility executives of the Trump era by the time he took the stage at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual conference in San Francisco in late 2018. The CEO of FirstEnergy Corp. had spent much of the previous two years championing the idea of a federal bailout for struggling coal and nuclear plants. But on this day in November, Jones was downplaying his role in the failed effort by the Department of Energy to subsidize coal and nuclear facilities. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

How a coal plant closure created wind bans and grid limbo

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:29:51

An electric cooperative’s decision in May to pull the plug on North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant ended months of rancor and speculation about the plant’s future. The 40-year-old Coal Creek Station in Underwood, N.D., owned by Great River Energy will burn its last ton of lignite within two years unless a buyer emerges to keep it running. While the announcement answered one looming question, it prompted another: What’s the fate of an associated 436-mile dedicated power line capable of moving 1,100 megawatts of power to the Midwest grid? [ read more … ]

Cheap Wind Power Could Boost Green Hydrogen, Morgan Stanley Says

By Gerson Freitas Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:34:43

The falling cost of wind power is shaping up to be a boon for another clean energy source: green hydrogen. Hydrogen — a fuel made by electrolyzing water — requires a tremendous amount of power to produce. But siting hydrogen facilities at wind farms, which typically generate more electricity than they need at night, could give the fuel an edge.
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Federal court hands FERC more time to use delay tactic

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:30:20

A federal court yesterday granted the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission extra time to comply with a recent ruling barring the commission from using a procedural stalling tactic in legal challenges. FERC now has until Oct. 5 to comply. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that FERC could no longer use “tolling orders” to delay legal challenges to projects like natural gas pipelines, restoring a 30-day deadline for the agency to respond to landowners who object to its decisions [ read more … ]

PJM to file proposed 5-minute dispatch, pricing changes with FERC

By Jared Anderson , S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:33:04

The changes are intended to improve the current process under which resources in PJM may be compensated with prices that do not correspond to their dispatch instructions, resulting in pricing and dispatch misalignment. The short-term changes would impact operator actions, such as security-constrained unit commitment frequency, inputs, and approval timing. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Is America’s biggest gas utility abusing customer money? California demands answers

By Sammy Roth, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:36:05

The Public Advocates Office, the consumer watchdog branch of the California Public Utilities Commission, first grew suspicious when it discovered several years ago that SoCalGas had used customer funds to try to block a federal efficiency standard for gas furnaces. The watchdog also unearthed evidence that SoCalGas used ratepayer funds to help create the pro-gas advocacy group Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions, although the company later agreed to bill the work to shareholders instead. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Scientists unveil tech to slash 90% of CO2 from gas plants

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:35:15

Researchers have developed a new carbon capture technology that they say has the potential to drive significant emissions reductions cheaply at natural gas-fired power plants, according to a study released yesterday. The research, published in the journal Science, involves a material known as a metal-organic framework (MOF) enhanced with nitrogen-containing molecules used to capture carbon dioxide from a power plant’s emissions stream. The team used low-temperature steam to “regenerate” the MOF for repeated use, meaning that less energy was required for carbon capture than what is typical. [ read more … ]


Tesla picks Texas site for second US vehicle assembly plant

By Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:33:27

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has picked the Austin, Texas, area as the site for its largest auto assembly plant employing at least 5,000 workers. The new factory will build Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck pickup and will be a second U.S. manufacturing site for the Model Y small SUV, largely for distribution to the East Coast. [ read more … ]

The Electric Car Atop Europe’s Sales Charts Isn’t a Tesla or VW

By Tara Patel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-26 14:29:21

Renault SA delivered quite the shock in its sales figuresthis week to anyone who had only paid attention to Tesla Inc.’s stock chart. The French carmaker’s all-electric Zoe out-muscled the Model 3 as Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle in the first half of the year. This little subcompact, which starts at 32,000 euros ($37,000), has come a long way from a day back in 2009 when Carlos Ghosn, then the head of Renault SA, first unveiled a concept version at the Frankfurt motor show. It was touted as the ideal second car for families and the dawn of the manufacturer’s shift toward clean cars that wouldn’t warm the planet. [ read more … ]




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