Clean energy mandate for Vt. utilities becomes law after Democrats override veto

Clean energy mandate for Vt. utilities becomes law after Democrats override veto June 17, 2024 The biggest energy policy to come out of Montpelier this year is hitting home in concrete ways for two Vermont mothers who showed up to the Statehouse on Monday. The legislation requires all Vermont utilities…

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Big energy projects moving fast, face $150 billion a year in cost overruns, Bain & Co. says

Big energy projects moving fast, face $150 billion a year in cost overruns, Bain & Co. says

Big energy projects moving fast, face $150 billion a year in cost overruns, Bain & Co. says Energize Weekly, June 19, 2024 The scale and speed of the energy transition risks project delays and setbacks leading to cost overruns of 15 percent to 20 percent, equal to $150 billion a…

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AI is poised to drive a doubling in data center electricity demand by 2030, studies say

AI is poised to drive a doubling in data center electricity demand by 2030, studies say

AI is poised to drive a doubling in data center electricity demand by 2030, studies say Energize Weekly, June 5, 2024 Data centers, spurred by increased artificial intelligence applications, could double their demand for electricity in the U.S. reaching 9.1 percent of the nation’s electricity load by 2030, according to…

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FERC adopts sweeping transmission planning regulations with the aim of speeding projects

FERC adopts sweeping transmission planning regulations with the aim of speeding projects

FERC adopts sweeping transmission planning regulations with the aim of speeding projects Energize Weekly, May 22, 2024 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted a sweeping new regulation, on May 13, aimed at spurring the planning and construction of new transmission lines to meet the growing needs of the nation’s…

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Biden hikes tariffs on Chinese EVs, solar cells, steel, aluminum

Biden hikes tariffs on Chinese EVs, solar cells, steel, aluminum May 14, 2024 President Joe Biden slapped major new tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, advanced batteries, solar cells, steel, aluminum and medical equipment on Tuesday, taking potshots at Donald Trump along the way as he embraced a strategy that’s increasing…

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With time short, S.C. senators take up comprehensive energy bill

With time short, S.C. senators take up comprehensive energy bill Apr. 5, 2024 Utilities, conservation groups, and other stakeholders are all in agreement: South Carolina needs to expand its energy capacity to keep up with its growth. It’s a top priority for leaders in Columbia as well, but they face…

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Evergy Plan Maintains Lowest-Cost Approach to Meeting Growing Customer Electricity Demand, Maintaining Reliability, and Advancing Sustainability

Evergy Plan Maintains Lowest-Cost Approach to Meeting Growing Customer Electricity Demand, Maintaining Reliability, and Advancing Sustainability April 1, 2024 Evergy, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVRG) today filed its triennial Integrated Resource Plan with the Missouri Public Service Commission. This outlines the plan to meet customer electricity needs over the next 20 years.…

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After being rebuffed by regulators, utilities file slimmed-down spending plans

After being rebuffed by regulators, utilities file slimmed-down spending plans March 18, 2024 State regulators are once again considering massive electric utility spending plans that would affect the state’s climate goals – and 5.4 million electric customers’ monthly bills – after rejecting previous versions late last year. The Illinois Commerce…

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Goldman Sachs-backed BESS developer Gridstor makes first ERCOT project acquisition

Goldman Sachs-backed BESS developer Gridstor makes first ERCOT project acquisition March 12, 2024 Gridstor, a developer of standalone battery energy storage system (BESS) assets, has acquired a 450MW/900MWh project in Texas, US, the company’s first in the booming ERCOT market. Gridstor announced last week (6 March) that it has bought…

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Xcel says big reason it needs to spend millions on new projects is regional grid’s reliability risks

Xcel says big reason it needs to spend millions on new projects is regional grid’s reliability risks MARCH 4, 2024 The growing risk of unreliability and potential expense of buying energy on the open market is a big reason why Xcel Energy wants to make significant investments in its infrastructure.…

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Poor grid interconnection policies are causing project backups across the U.S., study says

Poor grid interconnection policies are causing project backups across the U.S., study says

Poor grid interconnection policies are causing project backups across the U.S., study says Energize Weekly, March 6, 2024 The grid interconnection process in the U.S. is so “dysfunctional” that more than two million megawatts of generation and storage are waiting to be hooked up, according to an analysis by Advanced…

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Arizona utility regulators vote to kill renewable standards

Arizona utility regulators vote to kill renewable standards February 8, 2024 Let the market dictate how utilities do business. That was the message from Arizona utility regulators on Tuesday after they voted to begin the process of repealing the state’s energy efficiency and renewable standards. Solar industry advocates expressed disbelief,…

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Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023

Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023

Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023 Energize Weekly, February 7, 2024 Global investments in the energy transition from fossil fuels to clean tech climbed 17 percent in 2023 to a record $1.8 trillion, according to a study by the energy research…

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Sunrun and PG&E Complete First Season of Innovative Residential Distributed Power Plant

Sunrun and PG&E Complete First Season of Innovative Residential Distributed Power Plant 29 Jan, 2024 Peaking at nearly 32 megawatts from 8,500 solar-plus-storage residential systems, Sunrun and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers provided consistent, reliable clean energy to California’s power grid through the summer and fall of 2023…

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Lawmakers propose to keep Utah running on coal and natural gas

Lawmakers propose to keep Utah running on coal and natural gas Jan 29, 2024 Republicans on Capitol Hill are working to keep coal and natural gas in Utah’s future. There’s a bumper sticker making its way around the Capitol this year. It reads simply, “powered by coal.” Rep. Colin Jack,…

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AES positioned to provide tech sector with growing renewable energy solutions

AES positioned to provide tech sector with growing renewable energy solutions January 19, 2024 With data centers and generative AI (GenAI) driving an enormous demand for power and major technology firms working to fulfill ambitious clean energy goals, AES Corp. said it is positioned as the premiere provider of renewable…

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World’s most advanced battery energy storage system comes online, speeding Hawaii’s transition to 100% renewable energy

World’s most advanced battery energy storage system comes online, speeding Hawaii’s transition to 100% renewable energy 11 Jan, 2024 Plus Power™ announced it has begun operating its Kapolei Energy Storage facility on Oahu, Hawaii, the most advanced grid-scale battery energy storage system in the world, helping transition the state’s electric…

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Solar generation continues expand rapidly on the U.S. grid while coal continues its decline

Solar generation continues expand rapidly on the U.S. grid while coal continues its decline

Solar generation continues expand rapidly on the U.S. grid while coal continues its decline Energize Weekly, January 17, 2024 Solar and coal-fired electricity generation are continuing to head in opposite directions over the next two years with solar being the leading source of new generation and coal activity falling to…

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Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts Energize Weekly, January 10, 2024 Better coordination between the Texas electric and natural gas industries is key to getting individual generating facilities up and running – a so-called blackstart – after a cold-weather blackout, according to a…

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City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality Passes NYC City Council

City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality Passes NYC City Council Dec 7, 2023 On Wednesday, the New York City Council passed the City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality (COYCN) zoning text amendment, a wonky name for a mighty important change to the city’s zoning laws. The change will remove hurdles…

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Dominion regulator recommends rejection of utility’s long-term plan

Dominion regulator recommends rejection of utility’s long-term plan DECEMBER 12, 2023 A utility regulator with the State Corporation Commission is recommending the body reject Dominion Energy’s most recent long-term plan because of its inclusion of new natural gas plants. In her Friday recommendation, which will now go to the three-member…

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Solar generating capacity to set a record 33 gigawatts of new installations in 2023

Solar generating capacity to set a record 33 gigawatts of new installations in 2023

Solar generating capacity to set a record 33 gigawatts of new installations in 2023 Energize Weekly, December 13, 2023 Bolstered by a strong third quarter, a record 33 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity were installed in 2023, even as the sector faces headwinds in 2024, according to a market report.…

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Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline

Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline

Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline Energize Weekly, November 29, 2023 Clean energy employment is growing more rapidly than fossil-fuel jobs across the globe and accounted for the majority of the 67 million jobs in the energy sector in 2022, according to an…

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Giant batteries drain economics of gas power plants

Giant batteries drain economics of gas power plants November 21, 2023 Giant batteries that ensure stable power supply by offsetting intermittent renewable supplies are becoming cheap enough to make developers abandon scores of projects for gas-fired generation world-wide. The long-term economics of gas-fired plants, used in Europe and some parts…

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Georgia Power says economic growth reason for updated plan to generate more electricity

Georgia Power says economic growth reason for updated plan to generate more electricity Nov. 13, 2023 Georgia Power recently filed an updated Integrated Resource Plan with the Georgia Public Service Commission, citing the need to support recent economic growth. But an environmental group opposed a portion of the proposed update…

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Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds

Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds

Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds Energize Weekly, November 8, 2023 New clean power utility-scale installations set a record in the third quarter of 2023, bringing online 5.6 gigawatts (GW) of generation and storage capacity, even as the sector was coping with troubling…

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U.S. DOE awards $3.5 billion for 58 projects to make electric grids safer and more resilient

U.S. DOE awards $3.5 billion for 58 projects to make electric grids safer and more resilient

U.S. DOE awards $3.5 billion for 58 projects to make electric grids safer and more resilient Energize Weekly, October 25, 2023 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made $3.5 billion in grants to utilities in 44 states to improve grid reliability and to take measures to meet the risks…

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Global electricity grid must be upgraded urgently to hit climate goals, says IEA

Global electricity grid must be upgraded urgently to hit climate goals, says IEA 17 Oct 2023 Ministers have been urged to “open their eyes” to the need to build a vast network of new electricity grids to allow countries to hit climate goals, the chief of the world’s energy watchdog…

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Xcel plans to replace Colorado power plant in Pueblo with renewable energy battery system

Xcel plans to replace Colorado power plant in Pueblo with renewable energy battery system SEPTEMBER 25, 2023 Xcel Energy recently announced its intent to construct a long duration energy storage system at the site of a coal-fired power plant in Pueblo. Once operational, the system in Colorado “will allow Xcel…

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U.S. solar installations to set a record in 2023 despite tariff, supply chain, and funding uncertainties

U.S. solar installations to set a record in 2023 despite tariff, supply chain, and funding uncertainties

U.S. solar installations to set a record in 2023 despite tariff, supply chain, and funding uncertainties Energize Weekly, September 27, 2023 Solar installations in the U.S. are poised to reach a record 32 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity in 2023, a 52 percent increase over last year, even as the…

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California’s energy mix is changing but natural gas still the No. 1 source

California’s energy mix is changing but natural gas still the No. 1 source AUG. 25, 2023 Some things are changing in California’s mix of energy sources for electricity generation, but others are not. With policymakers looking to derive 100 percent of the state’s electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045, the…

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TVA Plans to Invest $15 Billion Over the Next Three Years to Meet Region’s Growth

TVA Plans to Invest $15 Billion Over the Next Three Years to Meet Region’s Growth Aug. 28, 2023 During the decade before COVID, TVA’s seven-state region saw almost no electric load growth. Post-COVID, the region has experienced tremendous economic growth, fueled by several factors. The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of…

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Inflation Reduction Act could unleash $3 trillion in renewable energy investments

Inflation Reduction Act could unleash $3 trillion in renewable energy investments

Inflation Reduction Act could unleash $3 trillion in renewable energy investments Energize Weekly, August 23, 2023 The $1.2 trillion in incentives proposed under the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will spur about $3 trillion investment in renewable energy technology over the next decade, according to Goldman Sachs Research. Goldman Sachs…

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Public meeting held to address proposal to close four coal plants in Western Kentucky

Public meeting held to address proposal to close four coal plants in Western Kentucky Aug. 14, 2023 People from across Western Kentucky voiced their concerns over a proposal to close several coal plants. In Madisonville, the Public Service Commission hosted a public comment session Monday to address a recent proposal…

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PSC to retire several coal, natural gas plants

PSC to retire several coal, natural gas plants Aug 4, 2023 The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will provide several opportunities over the next month for the public to receive information and provide comments regarding Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ (LG&E/KU) request to retire four coal-fired electric generating…

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Michigan PSC approves DTE Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, setting path to net zero emissions by 2050

Michigan PSC approves DTE Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, setting path to net zero emissions by 2050 July 28, 2023 DTE Energy received approval for its CleanVision Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) this week from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), greenlighting a clean energy plan that will speed the end of…

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Infrastructure and green energy spending are powering the economy

Infrastructure and green energy spending are powering the economy July 28, 2023 A surge in government funding and related private investment is beginning to make its way to businesses and communities across the country, building electric vehicles, new bridges, airport upgrades and a host of other infrastructure and green energy…

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NV Energy wants $1.8B to replace Nevada’s last coal plant

NV Energy wants $1.8B to replace Nevada’s last coal plant July 20, 2023 NV Energy is committing to shutting down its last coal plant by 2025, the utility announced Wednesday, and will spend nearly $2 billion to do it. The news comes after questions were raised early this year on…

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DTE Energy to move up retirement of its coal-fired Monroe Power Plant by 3 years

DTE Energy to move up retirement of its coal-fired Monroe Power Plant by 3 years July 12, 2023 Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. announced a clean energy plan Wednesday that includes moving up the retirement of its coal-fired Monroe Power Plant — one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in…

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Duke Energy Kentucky partners with Amazon for solar project

Duke Energy Kentucky partners with Amazon for solar project July 10, 2023 Duke Energy Kentucky recently completed a new utility-scale rooftop solar project on the Amazon Air Hub rooftop adjacent to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. This project is the largest rooftop solar array in the state, with over 5,600…

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