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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U.S. solar industry sets record in the first quarter of 2023 but faces a host of challenges

U.S. solar industry sets record in the first quarter of 2023 but faces a host of challenges

U.S. solar industry sets record in the first quarter of 2023 but faces a host of challenges Energize Weekly, June 28, 2023 After a record-setting first quarter in 2023, the U.S. solar industry is poised for rapid growth while facing a spate of challenges including system underperformance, labor shortages and…

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Tax Incentives To Supercharge U.S. Clean Energy Transition

Tax Incentives To Supercharge U.S. Clean Energy Transition Jun 18, 2023 The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released guidance on key provisions in the IRA to expand the reach of the clean energy tax credits and help build projects more quickly and affordably.…

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Local opposition to wind and solar development growing across the country, survey finds

Local opposition to wind and solar development growing across the country, survey finds

Local opposition to wind and solar development growing across the country, survey finds Energize Weekly, June 14, 2023 The number of local regulations on renewable energy projects, which could hamper, delay or block development, is on the rise in the U.S., according to a report by the Columbia University Sabin…

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Storage battery installations surge in first quarter of 2023 led by Texas and California

Storage battery installations surge in first quarter of 2023 led by Texas and California

Storage battery installations surge in first quarter of 2023 led by Texas and California Energize Weekly, June 7, 2023 Total battery storage installations in the U.S. are surging with first quarter 2023 capacity up 52 percent to 10.8 gigawatts (GW) with another 3.2 GW slated for the second quarter, according…

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California unlikely to run short of electricity this summer thanks to winter storms, new power sources

California unlikely to run short of electricity this summer thanks to winter storms, new power sources May 25, 2023 California regulators say the state is unlikely to experience electricity shortages this summer after securing new power sources and a wet winter that filled the state’s reservoirs enough to restart hydroelectric…

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Kentucky’s largest utility tests new law creating barrier to retire fossil fuel plants

Kentucky’s largest utility tests new law creating barrier to retire fossil fuel plants May 30, 2023 Republican lawmakers in Kentucky, raising concerns that planned and ongoing retirements of coal-fired power plants could affect the reliability and resilience of the electric grid, passed a new law that creates an extra barrier…

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U.S. grid facing blackout risks this summer and next winter, reliability agency warns

U.S. grid facing blackout risks this summer and next winter, reliability agency warns

U.S. grid facing blackout risks this summer and next winter, reliability agency warns Energize Weekly, May 24, 2023 U.S. power grids are facing a risky summer and an even riskier winter, according to analyses by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), the agency that oversees grid reliability and security.…

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Winter rains lift California hydropower outlook, easing regional demand for natural gas

Winter rains lift California hydropower outlook, easing regional demand for natural gas

Winter rains lift California hydropower outlook, easing regional demand for natural gas Energize Weekly, May 17, 2023 Heavy rains have filled California reservoirs and boosted the prospect for hydropower – welcomed news to the rest of the West, which saw natural gas prices soar last winter as California utilities scrambled…

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Surge in clean generation and storage projects creating a backlog on U.S. electric grids

Surge in clean generation and storage projects creating a backlog on U.S. electric grids

Surge in clean generation and storage projects creating a backlog on U.S. electric grids Energize Weekly, April 26, 2023 A surge in clean energy projects – a 40 percent year-over-year increase in 2022 – is creating a traffic jam in getting onto the U.S. electric grid, according to a Lawrence…

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PacifiCorp eyes renewables as it plans to stop burning coal at most of its Wyoming plants

PacifiCorp eyes renewables as it plans to stop burning coal at most of its Wyoming plants April 5, 2023 Wyoming’s largest power company is shifting toward renewables and away from coal; however, the state is still planning a future that includes fossil fuels. PacifiCorp, also known as Rocky Mountain Power…

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The pace of U.S. coal-fired plant closures quickens, coal’s share of generation to plummet

The pace of U.S. coal-fired plant closures quickens, coal’s share of generation to plummet

The pace of U.S. coal-fired plant closures quickens, coal’s share of generation to plummet Energize Weekly, April 5, 2023 The pace of U.S. coal-fired plant closures continues to accelerate with half of all the capacity, which peaked in 2011, closed by 2026, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and…

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U.S. EV and battery investments reached $120 billion in 2023 spurred by federal legislation

U.S. EV and battery investments reached $120 billion in 2023 spurred by federal legislation

U.S. EV and battery investments reached $120 billion in 2023 spurred by federal legislation Energize Weekly, March 29, 2023 Electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing investments in the U.S. surged by $120 billion in the last eight years with federal legislation spurring activity, according to a study by the Environmental…

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DOE working with partners to accelerate long-duration energy storage

DOE working with partners to accelerate long-duration energy storage March 09, 2023 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took a step forward this week toward accelerating the commercialization of long-duration energy storage (LDES). While shorter-duration energy storage is currently being installed to support renewable energy generation, long-duration storage technologies are…

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