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NY energy storage bill would launch program

The New York legislature has unanimously passed a bill establishing an energy storage deployment program. The bill, S. 5190, aims to promote the installation of energy storage systems. ...more

Montana to study customer-generator costs, benefits

Montana utility regulators are preparing to study the costs and benefits of distributed solar energy projects and other customer-generators. The results could reshape the way net-metered customers are charged for electric...more

US considers Arctic offshore oil exploration

U.S. regulators are evaluating an application by a company seeking to explore for oil in the Arctic. On June 12, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or BOEM announced that it had deemed Eni US Operating Co.'s...more

Rover pipeline HDD spill investigation

Federal energy regulators overseeing the development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline have announced the opening of an investigation, following the inadvertent release of about 2 million gallons of drilling fluid from...more

Forest Service approves transmission lines

The U.S. Forest Service has released its final approvals for two major electricity transmission lines proposed for development across several western states, issuing Records of Decision for the TransWest Express and Energy...more

North American electric reliability - summer 2017

The North American bulk power system is expected to have sufficient resources to meet summer electricity demand for 2017, according to the U.S. electric reliability organization NERC. The North American Electric...more

New England power plant portfolio

A recent report by the New England wholesale electricity market's monitor sheds light on the region's portfolio of generation resources, and how they are changing. The ISO New England, Inc. Internal Market Monitor's 2016...more

6/13/2017  /  Energy Market , ISO-NE , Power Plants

New England wholesale electricity market report 2016

Overall, the New England wholesale electricity markets performed well in 2016, according to a report by the grid operator's internal market monitor. ISO New England, Inc. operates the bulk transmission system and wholesale...more

US Arctic oil from ANWR Section 1002?

President Trump's first proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 includes a line item for "Lease oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)". According to the budget proposal, opening ANWR to oil and gas leasing...more

NYPA announces Albany microgrid plans

The New York Power Authority has announced plans to develop a microgrid to supply steam and electricity to the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany. NYPA, officially known as the Power Authority of...more

Forest City dam, Maine legislation, and FERC surrender

Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed legislation that would authorize the state to take over ownership of a dam and water storage project on the U.S.-Canada border. As initially printed on June 1, 2017, LD 1626 would be...more

Atlantic Ocean oil development in Canada, U.S.

Canadian oil company Husky Energy has announced a decision to develop its West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Meanwhile the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed authorizing the take of...more

US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement resources

President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement reached in 2015. Here is a quick roundup of relevant resources....more

FERC's approach to EMP and GMD threats

Federal energy regulators have used both regulatory and more informal collaborative approaches to address the threat to the electric grid posed by electromagnetic pulses and geomagnetic disturbances, according to testimony...more

New England regional renewables procurement

As states enact and pursue energy policy goals such as sourcing power from solar, offshore wind, or other "clean energy" resources, here's a quick look at some of the regional renewable procurement activity ongoing in New...more

Three Mile Island nuclear plant to close in 2019 absent policy reforms

Exelon Corporation has announced thatit will retire its Three Mile Island Generating Station on or about September 30, 2019, unless energy policies change. Located in Pennsylvania, the Three Mile Island plant Unit 1...more

Maine tidal pilot project not seeking new license

The holder of a federal pilot license for a Maine tidal energy project has told regulators that it does not intend to relicense the project beyond the pilot license's expiration in 2022, pointing to tidal current velocities...more

Licensee seeks West Branch and Sysladobsis Dam amendment

A Maine dam owner has applied to federal regulators seeking to exclude from its hydropower license one of two dam-based developments which comprise the project. At issue is the January 31, 2017 application of Woodland Pulp...more

5/26/2017  /  Dams , Energy Projects , FERC , Hydropower , Licenses

PJM's 2020-2021 capacity auction results

PJM Interconnection -- the operator of the wholesale electricity market serving mid-Atlantic and eastern states -- has reported its latest capacity auction results. PJM's 2020/2021 Reliability Pricing Model Base Residual...more

Maine commission rejects LNG contract proposals

Maine utility regulators have decided not to order utilities to enter into contracts for liquefied natural gas storage capacity, after finding that none of the proposed contracts satisfied statutory requirements. In 2013,...more

Massachusetts community microgrid projects solicited

A Massachusetts economic development agency focused on clean energy has launched a program seeking to catalyze the development of community microgrids throughout Massachusetts. Generally speaking, a microgrid is a...more

Will clustering help New England's interconnection queue?

Faced with a persistent backlog of requests to interconnect to the electric grid across parts of New England, will the region's major grid operator adopt a "clustering" methodology to streamline the study process and reduce...more

Boom in FERC hydro relicensing

U.S. federal hydropower regulatory staff currently has a full workload processing original license, relicense, and exemption applications, as well as its compliance and dam safety work, according to testimony presented to...more

Total eclipses, solar PV and the grid

Utilities and electric grid coordinators are preparing for a total solar eclipse that is projected to temporarily reduce solar photovoltaic generation across parts of North America this summer. The 2017 total solar...more

New England summer 2017 electricity supply forecast

New England will have an adequate supply of electricity this summer, according to the regional grid operator, but its forecasts show the possibility of occasional "tight system conditions." ISO New England Inc. is the...more

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