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July 11, 2021

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Buttigieg hints fuel economy standards will be ambitious

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:31:34

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stressed the importance of strict fuel economy standards to clean up the transportation sector because, even as the U.S. shifts to more electric vehicles, gas-powered cars will still be on the roads for some time. “No matter how good we get at” making electric cars affordable, there will still be gas-powered cars on the roads for a long time “even when no gas cars are being sold,” Buttigieg said. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Meet the Former High School Teacher in Charge of NJ’s Offshore Wind Expansion

By Brian X. McCrone, NBC News Philadelphia  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:30:40

The man in charge of ushering through Gov. Phil Murphy’s ambitious plan to install hundreds of offshore wind turbines off the New Jersey coast, and fundamentally alter the Garden State’s electricity grid, didn’t have any experience when he took the job. Joseph Fiordaliso is a former high school teacher from Essex County who took a long and winding political road to one of the most decisive positions in New Jersey’s power sector. He has been, for the last three-and-a-half years, president of the state’s Board of Public Utilities. That’s the state agency in charge of regulating the power sector for New Jersey’s 4 million residential, commercial and industrial energy customers. [ read more … ]

Wind Project Splinters a Mexico Region Prized for Powerful Gusts

  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:10:28

La Ventosa means “Suction Cup” in Spanish—aptly named given it’s home to some of the most powerful wind gusts in the world. That also explains why the spot caught the attention of energy giant Electricite de France SA, which chose the location for its first wind power project in Mexico. The Valdiviesos are among the families who leased land to EDF and now find themselves at odds with both other residents and the company over the giant towers and turbines it’s proposing to build on their properties. Disputes about the project help explain why the men showed up at his home that day, Valdivieso said. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar on farmland could help California keep the lights on – Los Angeles Times

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:32:13

To the extent most Californians are thinking about energy right now, they’re probably wondering whether the lights will stay on during the next heat wave. It’s a reasonable fear, especially after the state’s power grid operator issued an urgent call for electricity supplies last week and warned of possible shortfalls this summer. The California Independent System Operator is seeking bids from power plants that can fire up after sundown, when solar panels stop generating but air conditioners keep humming. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Hair on fire

BY MATTHEW CHOI AND ANNIE SNIDER, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:30:26

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm aggressively pushed a clean energy standard on CNN Thursday, tying the need to legislate a reduction in emissions to the record-setting heat waves, droughts and hurricanes impacting the country. “Our hair should be on fire,” Granholm said. “There should be a sense of urgency here… I don’t know how much more evidence people need that we have to act and act now.” [ read more … ]

FERC

Largest grid operator advances overhaul of FERC market rule

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:32:49

In the latest twist of a long, divisive battle over rules that govern the grid operator’s $4 billion capacity market, the proposal would effectively rein in use of the minimum offer price rule (MOPR), an artificially set price floor for electricity resources competing in PJM’s periodic auctions. The MOPR was expanded last year with approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under a Republican majority, drawing backlash from clean energy advocates who said the move would stifle renewables. A few states discussed exiting the capacity auction amid concerns that it would make it harder for them to reach their low-carbon goals [ read more … ]

Texas

Gas Sellers Reaped $11 Billion Windfall During Texas Freeze

By Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:31:56

The official autopsy of the great Texas winter blackout of February 2021 quickly established a clear timeline of events: Electric utilities cut off power to customers and distributors as well as natural gas producers, which in turn triggered a negative feedback loop that sunk the state deeper and deeper into frigid darkness. It’s now becoming clear that while millions of Texans endured days of power cuts, the state’s gas producers contributed to fuel shortages, allowing pipelines and traders to profit handsomely off them. [ read more … ]

FirstEnergy

Utilities to Refund Customers Fees From Tainted Energy Bill

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-11 13:31:19

Three Ohio electric companies owned by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. will refund money collected from a guaranteed revenue provision included in a tainted energy bill, according to an order issued on Wednesday by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison and Cleveland Electric Illuminating companies will begin crediting customers a total of $27.5 million. Amounts will vary based on customers’ electric use this August. [ read more … ]

 

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