DOE: Here’s what’s happened to EV, renewable, fossil jobs

DOE: Here’s what’s happened to EV, renewable, fossil jobs 06/28/2022 Much of the fossil fuel industry continued to hemorrhage jobs last year, even as employment in the electric car sector increased dramatically, according to a report today from the Department of Energy. Released this morning, the 2022 U.S. Energy and…

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New York grid operator sees generating margins shrinking, increased reliability risks

New York grid operator sees generating margins shrinking, increased reliability risks

New York grid operator sees generating margins shrinking, increased reliability risks Energize Weekly, June 22, 2022 The buffer of extra generating capacity – the reserve or reliability margin – is shrinking in New York State as fossil-fuel plants retire faster than renewable sources are being added, according to an assessment…

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U.S. LNG exports soar as Europe scrambles to fill gap left by Russian cutback

U.S. LNG exports soar as Europe scrambles to fill gap left by Russian cutback

U.S. LNG exports soar as Europe scrambles to fill gap left by Russian cutback Energize Weekly, June 15, 2022 Exports of U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) to Europe soared in the first four months of 2022 and are poised to grow even more as the European Union (EU) scrambles to…

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State Capitol stalemate could risk federal infrastructure dollars

State Capitol stalemate could risk federal infrastructure dollars MAY 30, 2022 Minnesota leaders have been anticipating an infusion of federal cash to bolster the state’s infrastructure — from bridges and roads to cybersecurity and drinking water pipes — on a scale not seen since the New Deal. But some of…

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Nuclear plant owner Talen Energy Supply files for bankruptcy

Nuclear plant owner Talen Energy Supply files for bankruptcy May 11, 2022 Talen Energy Supply, the owner of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Twp., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Woodlands, Texas-based company, a unit of Talen Energy Corp. which runs 18 power generation facilities, filed for…

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Power demand to grow in Tennessee Valley as economy electrifies, TVA CEO says

Power demand to grow in Tennessee Valley as economy electrifies, TVA CEO says April 28, 2022 Tennessee will soon become the No. 1 state for electric vehicle production as part of a power shift that could nearly double electricity demand in the Tennessee Valley over the next three decades, the…

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Biden to require infrastructure projects be made with U.S. iron, steel

Biden to require infrastructure projects be made with U.S. iron, steel April 18, 2022 The Biden administration is directing federal agencies to ensure that new construction projects funded by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package are made with U.S.-made materials. Read more

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US EPA’s plan for interstate smog might force even more early coal retirements

US EPA’s plan for interstate smog might force even more early coal retirements 18 Apr, 2022 With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s climate authority over the nation’s power sector in legal limbo, the Biden administration unveiled a plan in March for addressing interstate smog pollution that is projected to drive…

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California utility to pay $55 million for massive wildfires

California utility to pay $55 million for massive wildfires April 11, 2022 Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest utility, has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires sparked by its aging Northern California power lines and submit to five years of…

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California issued wildfire safety certifications to utilities despite ‘serious deficiencies’: audit

California issued wildfire safety certifications to utilities despite ‘serious deficiencies’: audit March 28, 2022 California’s Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety awarded the state’s utilities wildfire-related safety certifications for 2020 despite “serious deficiencies” in their fire mitigation plans, according to a report from the state’s auditor. Read more

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War in Ukraine scrambles world oil markets, offers a spur to U.S. production

War in Ukraine scrambles world oil markets, offers a spur to U.S. production

War in Ukraine scrambles world oil markets, offers a spur to U.S. production Energize Weekly, March 30, 2022 The war in Ukraine is leading to a pinch in Russian oil – through operational problems and sanctions – that could lead to a restructuring of world oil markets and a boost…

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The SEC wants companies to disclose how climate change is affecting them

The SEC wants companies to disclose how climate change is affecting them March 21, 2022 Every year, public companies in the U.S. are required to provide investors and regulators with detailed data about their financial performance and the risks they face. Soon, they may also have to disclose information about…

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SEC plans to force public companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions

SEC plans to force public companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions March 15, 2022 The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to require all publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and the climate risks their businesses face, part of the Biden administration’s broader push to force the private…

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NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood

NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood March 4, 2022 Along 116 acres of vacant oceanfront land, development has begun on what could become New York City’s first and largest community to reach a goal of net zero carbon emissions. Read more

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Russian invasion of Ukraine and West’s economic sanctions roil global energy markets

Russian invasion of Ukraine and West’s economic sanctions roil global energy markets

Russian invasion of Ukraine and West’s economic sanctions roil global energy markets Energize Weekly, March 9, 2022 The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the broad sanctions by western nations in its wake are roiling energy markets from Europe to Asia and may lead to structural changes in regional and global…

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What the Russia crisis means for U.S. electricity mix

What the Russia crisis means for U.S. electricity mix 03/01/2022 Gasoline prices have spiked in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the effects of the conflict are also spilling into the U.S. electricity sector, with implications for greenhouse gas emissions and energy policy. Although the crisis isn’t expected…

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Florida Infrastructure: Critical strategies the Sunshine State can implement to manage the state’s anticipated growth

Florida Infrastructure: Critical strategies the Sunshine State can implement to manage the state’s anticipated growth 3/1/2022 The pandemic has been accompanied by an influx into Florida of people from California, Illinois, New York and other states. Tops on the list of motivations for the moves: Taxes, quality of life, business-friendly…

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Former Ohio regulator linked to $4M payoff directed agency to limit response to FirstEnergy corruption

Former Ohio regulator linked to $4M payoff directed agency to limit response to FirstEnergy corruption February 15, 2022 Newly produced documents show that Sam Randazzo, former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, came up with the idea to let FirstEnergy show it didn’t use ratepayer money for House Bill…

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Smaller Cities, Poorer Regions Could Be Infrastructure Losers

Smaller Cities, Poorer Regions Could Be Infrastructure Losers Jan. 11, 2022 Is Joe Biden legislating for an America that doesn’t exist? Experts like Bruce Katz of Drexel University, with a long experience in observing and participating in local policymaking, fear that many of the fruits of the recently passed infrastructure bill will…

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After two years of belt tightening, shale drillers’ capital budgets are set to rise in 2022

After two years of belt tightening, shale drillers’ capital budgets are set to rise in 2022

After two years of belt tightening, shale drillers’ capital budgets are set to rise in 2022 Energize Weekly, December 29, 2021 The shale oil sector’s recent financial recipe of generating cash flow and tamping down capital expenditures may change in 2022 as drilling budgets increase due to factors ranging from…

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Cyber Pirates Could Hold The Renewable Revolution For Ransom

Cyber Pirates Could Hold The Renewable Revolution For Ransom Dec 19, 2021 Cybersecurity risks to critical infrastructure came to the forefront this year when hackers took over the Colonial Pipeline. The renewable revolution is especially vulnerable to cyber attacks, as well. Wind and solar energy infrastructure are in desperate need…

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Operator warns New England power system at ‘heightened risk’ heading into winter

Operator warns New England power system at ‘heightened risk’ heading into winter Dec 11, 2021 New England’s electric grid operator warned Monday that power outages are possible if an extended cold snap this winter grips the region and fuel supplies are pinched as demand spikes. ISO-New England said natural gas…

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U.S. set to become the world’s largest LNG exporter with Asia and Europe as its biggest customers

U.S. set to become the world’s largest LNG exporter with Asia and Europe as its biggest customers

U.S. set to become the world’s largest LNG exporter with Asia and Europe as its biggest customers Energize Weekly, December 15, 2021 The U.S. is poised to become the world’s largest liquified natural gas (LNG) exporter in 2022 with the addition of two new liquefaction units coming online along the…

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PJM members flag power price formation, transmission planning concerns to board

PJM members flag power price formation, transmission planning concerns to board 22 Nov 2021 PJM Interconnection’s management board recently met with representatives of each of the five power industry sectors who raised concerns regarding energy market rule changes increasing power prices, resource adequacy, transmission regulation, and other issues. Read more

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Infrastructure bill offers a $30 billion down payment on upgrading the nation’s grid

Infrastructure bill offers a $30 billion down payment on upgrading the nation’s grid

Infrastructure bill offers a $30 billion down payment on upgrading the nation’s grid Energize Weekly, November 17, 2021 The federal infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden this week, includes a nearly $30 billion down payment in grants and loan authorities to upgrade the nation’s aging and challenged electric grid.…

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Virginia GOP targets clean energy law, but options for rollback are limited

Virginia GOP targets clean energy law, but options for rollback are limited November 9, 2021 Newly emboldened Virginia Republicans are vowing to roll back the state’s landmark clean energy reforms enacted by Democrats over the last two years. Read more

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Global initiatives take aim at ending the use of coal, financing to be trimmed by 99 percent

Global initiatives take aim at ending the use of coal, financing to be trimmed by 99 percent

Global initiatives take aim at ending the use of coal, financing to be trimmed by 99 percent Energize Weekly, November 10, 2021 Global momentum to end of the use of coal-fired generation is growing as more than 40 countries last week pledged to end the use of coal, and key…

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Clean tech investment soars in 2021, IEA says it has to go much higher to curb emissions

Clean tech investment soars in 2021, IEA says it has to go much higher to curb emissions

Clean tech investment soars in 2021, IEA says it has to go much higher to curb emissions Energize Weekly, November 3, 2021 Clean tech investment, from both the public and private sectors, has been growing rapidly in 2021, but it still may not be fast enough to alter global emissions…

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Several local communities to receive millions of dollars to fund water infrastructure improvements

Several local communities to receive millions of dollars to fund water infrastructure improvements October 26, 2021 The State of Ohio will distribute millions of dollars in grants to several local communities as part of an effort to improve the water infrastructure across the entire state. Read more

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Two Norway wind farms lose license in landmark ruling over indigenous rights

Two Norway wind farms lose license in landmark ruling over indigenous rights October 11, 2021 Norway’s supreme court stripped two wind farms of their operating licenses on Monday in a case that could boost the legal rights of the country’s indigenous Sami people. Read more

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Consultants offer ways to improve US power transmission planning in FERC comments

Consultants offer ways to improve US power transmission planning in FERC comments 11 Oct 2021 Stakeholders and power market participants have begun submitting responses to federal regulators regarding an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on transmission improvements, with one group contending transportation and space heating electrification will increase power demand…

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Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure

Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure Sept. 28, 2021 With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety…

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Illinois Legislature saves at-risk nuclear plants with clean energy bill

Illinois Legislature saves at-risk nuclear plants with clean energy bill September 13, 2021 The Illinois Legislature has approved legislation providing nearly $700 million in subsidies over five years to save unprofitable nuclear plants, acting in the final hour to stop at least one from shutting down. Read more

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Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025

Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025

Global EV sales bounce back from the pandemic, set to hit 14 million vehicles by 2025 Energize Weekly, September 8, 2021 Global electric vehicle sales have rebounded from the pandemic with a forecast of reaching 16 percent of all passenger car purchases by 2025, but the pace remains far short…

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As Vogtle’s costs rise, changes near for reviewing project’s run-away expenses

As Vogtle’s costs rise, changes near for reviewing project’s run-away expenses AUGUST 17, 2021 State regulators will consider signing off Tuesday on a plan marking a significant shift in how cost overruns are handled for Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle expansion, which is already billions of dollars over budget and years…

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Federal cybersecurity defenses not strong enough to protect American data, Senate report warns

Federal cybersecurity defenses not strong enough to protect American data, Senate report warns AUGUST 3, 2021 Federal agencies responsible for safeguarding the security and personal data of millions of Americans have failed to implement basic defenses against cyberattacks, according to a report from Senate investigators released Tuesday. The agencies earned…

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FirstEnergy Federally Charged in Ohio Nuclear Bailout Scheme

FirstEnergy Federally Charged in Ohio Nuclear Bailout Scheme Jul 22, 2021 Facing a federal charge for honest services wire fraud in a corruption case related to the billion-dollar nuclear plant bailout in Ohio, FirstEnergy Corp. has agreed to abide by the terms of a three-year deferred prosecution settlement to get…

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Hydropower worries grow as Colorado River reservoirs continue to dry up

Hydropower worries grow as Colorado River reservoirs continue to dry up July 19, 2021 The water levels behind the Colorado River’s biggest dams are fast-approaching or already at record lows, thanks to a 21-year megadrought that’s squeezing water supplies across the Southwest. But the effects of drought are likely to…

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Democrats closing in on deal to unlock massive infrastructure bill

Democrats closing in on deal to unlock massive infrastructure bill 07/12/21 Senate Democrats indicated on Monday that they are close to a deal on a budget resolution that will pave the way for them to pass a sweeping, multi-trillion infrastructure bill along party lines later this year. Read more

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Lawmakers introduce American Cybersecurity Literacy Act

Lawmakers introduce American Cybersecurity Literacy Act June 28, 2021 Bipartisan House lawmakers introduced legislation to increase cybersecurity literacy and security awareness among the American public amid a spike in cybersecurity threats against critical infrastructure. Read more

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Xcel Energy Cuts Emission, Set to Attain Carbon Neutrality

Xcel Energy Cuts Emission, Set to Attain Carbon Neutrality June 8, 2021 Xcel Energy announced that it has achieved more than 50% of the carbon neutrality target and is among the few utilities that have pledged to cut emissions from the electricity generation process by 100%. Read more

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New York advisory panel recommendations to include gas-fired plant moratorium

New York advisory panel recommendations to include gas-fired plant moratorium 03 May 2021 New York’s Power Generation Advisory Panel will recommend a moratorium against new fossil fuel-fired plant construction to the state’s Climate Action Council, the panel’s chair said May 3. Read more

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GOP senator says Republicans will have infrastructure counteroffer by the end of week

GOP senator says Republicans will have infrastructure counteroffer by the end of week BY GRACE SEGERS, APRIL 20, 2021 Republican senators may unveil their counteroffer to President Biden’s infrastructure proposal by the end of this week, Senator Shelley Moore Capito said Tuesday, while the president continues to solicit bipartisan opinions…

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7 Big Winners From Biden’s American Jobs Plan

By Alex Sirois, Apr 6, 2021 President Joe Biden introduced his American Jobs Plan on March 31. The plan outlines $2.251 trillion of estimated spending to improve the country and jobs for Americans. It is divided into four major sectors: infrastructure at home, transportation infrastructure, research and development (R&D), workforce development and manufacturing, and…

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