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February 1, 2022

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A year after widespread blackouts, Texas grid prepares for looming winter freeze

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-02-01 15:24:28

It was a year ago this month that Winter Storm Uri hit Texas, freezing a variety of energy infrastructure and leading to more than 50,000 MW of lost generation. ERCOT, utility regulators and state lawmakers have all tried to ensure the situation does not repeat, and this week’s cold front may present the first real test. ERCOT is now expecting peak demand of almost 75 GW for Friday morning, Doug Lewin, an energy analyst and president of Stoic Energy, said in a Sunday tweet, and outages at thermal plants are higher than the grid operator had expected. Last winter’s peak was about 77 GW, he said. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Gone fishing

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-02-01 15:24:47

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, which counts fishing industry associations and companies among its members, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Interior Department and other agencies over its authorization of the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind project. The suit claims the administration failed to comply with multiple statutes, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act. The Vineyard Wind project is facing several other lawsuits, including one filed last month by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on behalf of commercial fishermen in the same court. [ read more … ]

States

Georgia Power plans to double renewables, ditch all coal

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-01 15:25:02

Georgia Power plans to shutter 12 coal units, totaling about 3,500 megawatts, by 2028. It wants to replace that electricity with a combination of renewables as well as 2,356 MW of natural-gas-fired power that it plans to buy from power plants that are already running. For context, once two additional nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle start producing electricity, the total 4,536 MW from four units there will power up to 1 million homes. [ read more … ]

Nevada on track to reach RPS mandate of 50% renewable electricity by 2030: report

By Kassia Micek, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-02-01 15:25:25

Nevada is on track to meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard of 50% of electricity generated by renewable energy sources by 2030, according to the Governor’s Office of Energy’s annual Status of Energy Report. Based on compliance reports the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada has received, across all providers, about 20% of power is currently generated by renewable resources, and filings show Nevada’s investor-owned utility and other power providers have plans to reach the state’s ambitious RPS of 50% by 2030, according to the report released Jan. 28. [ read more … ]

EVs

BlackRock, NextEra Pitch EV Charging Network for U.S. Truck Routes

By Josh Saul, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-01 15:24:07

The companies agreed to collaborate on building a U.S. network of charging sites on critical freight routes along the east and west coasts and in Texas by 2026, according to a statement issued Monday. Each company will contribute equally for the proposed joint venture, with construction starting next year. The plan will initially focus on electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, followed by hydrogen fueling stations for fuel-cell trucks, with sites also available for cars. The support for both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells sidesteps the simmering debate on which of the two technologies is best equipped to replace diesel engines in trucks.
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