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RGGI states propose tighter carbon budget

The nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have announced consensus on proposed revisions to that program that would provide a further 30% reduction in the regional limit on emissions by 2030,...more

Maine's energy legislation carryovers from 2017

When the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine State Legislature adjourned earlier this year, its committees reserved a list of bills for further debate in 2018. A list of these carryover bills published by the legislative...more

Energy East pipeline case suspended

The developed of a proposed C$15.75 billion Canadian oil pipeline has asked Canadian regulators to temporarily suspend their review of the project, following the regulator's decision to consider the project's indirect...more

PEI submarine transmission line energized

On August 29, 2017, a Canadian utility energized a new $142.5 million (CAD) undersea electric transmission system connecting Canada's Prince Edward Island to mainland New Brunswick. The Northumberland Strait Submarine...more

RC Byrd hydro project licensed at Army Corps locks and dam

Federal hydropower regulators have issued an original license to an Ohio city to construct, operate, and maintain a 50-megawatt hydroelectric project at an existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lock and dam site. If developed...more

Energy Department funds for new hydropower at existing dams

The U.S. Department of Energy has $6.6 million available for the latest round of funding under a program supporting projects adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing dams and impoundments. Applications...more

Forest City Dam petition for declaratory order

The owner of a dam and reservoir spanning the East Branch of the St. Croix River on the international boundary between the United States and Canada has applied to federal regulators for a ruling that the project will no...more

US LNG exports increasing, proposed

The developer of a proposed Louisiana liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project has asked U.S. regulators for approval to begin a "pre-filing review" of its project. Part of a boom of interest in LNG exports, the Fourchon...more

NMFS issues final Atlantic sturgeon rule

U.S. fisheries regulators have issued a final rule designating nearly 4,000 river miles in Atlantic watersheds as critical habitat for endangered and threatened Atlantic sturgeon. The rule increases regulatory complexity and...more

Report links US nuclear industry to national security

The U.S. nuclear energy enterprise is a key national security enabler, according to a report released this week by a new non-profit. The Energy Futures Initiative's report describes the domestic nuclear energy industry as...more

Will Utah counties fund thorium reactor?

Could a coalition of rural counties in Utah and a startup company develop a thorium-fueled nuclear reactor for electric power and other purposes? According to its website, the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is...more

Vermont village considers conduit hydro

A Vermont municipality has proposed installing hydroelectric generating facilities along a potable water pipeline -- and under streamlined federal procedures, regulators have made a preliminary determination that the Village...more

AMC's Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project

Miles from the nearest road in the woods of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire sits a backcountry hydropower project. Owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 14657...more

Deepwater Wind proposes offshore wind, battery storage for MA RFP

Massachusetts energy regulators are reviewing bids to supply clean energy from new sources -- including a combined offshore wind and energy storage project proposed by developer Deepwater Wind. Rhode Island-based Deepwater...more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

Two South Carolina utilities have announced their decisions to cease work on two new nuclear units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. The project to develop Units 2 and 3...more

Hatteras Island power outage and response

North Carolina's Hatteras Island experienced a power outage last week when construction activity damaged two underground transmission cables serving the island. While the damage is repaired, residents face mandatory power...more

California grid prepares for solar eclipse

As a total solar eclipse approaches for North America, California electricity regulators have launched a voluntary demand response program designed to reduce power consumption during the eclipse while solar panel output is...more

FERC issues license for Monongahela Locks and Dam 4 project

U.S. hydropower regulators have issued an original license for a proposed 12-megawatt hydropower project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Monongahela Locks and Dam 4 facility on the Monongahela River, in...more

Vail Resorts announces sustainability, net zero plan

Vail Resorts, Inc. -- the largest ski and mountain resort operator in the world -- has announced a comprehensive sustainability commitment that calls for "zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero...more

Commercial building efficiency opportunities

A report prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the nation's commercial building sector has significant potential to save energy by improving control measures and...more

US conditionally approves Arctic offshore oil exploration

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has conditionally approved an oil and gas company's plan to drill four exploration wells into the federal submerged lands of the Beaufort Sea in the U.S. Arctic. On July 12, 2017,...more

Massachusetts offshore wind RFP

Massachusetts' investor-owned electric distribution companies have issued a joint Request for Proposals for offshore wind energy projects. Through the RFP, the utilities seek proposals for 400 megawatts (or more) of...more

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

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