Regulation & Policy


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    House GOP spearheads legislation to strike down SEC climate disclosure rule

    The Financial Services Committee advanced a Congressional Review Act challenge to the rule by a 28-22 vote split along party lines.

    By Lamar Johnson • April 19, 2024
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    Congressional Democrats press Treasury for ‘well-functioning’ 45U nuclear tax credit

    Six House Democrats urged Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to adopt flexible guidance for the Inflation Reduction Act credit, which benefits existing nuclear power facilities.

    By Brian Martucci • April 19, 2024
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    Sustainability

    Companies are pursuing increasingly ambitous sustainability goals around clean energy, but integrating rising amounts of renewables, minimizing environmental impacts, and achieving carbon reduction targets can be challenging.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    Democratic bill mandates FERC interconnection reforms to bring new resources online faster

    The bill would help bring new power supply online to address surging demand growth and increasing grid reliability concerns, according to the R Street Institute’s Devin Hartman.

    By April 18, 2024
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    DOE issues road map for speeding, improving grid interconnections to unlock 2.6-TW backlog

    “There is unlikely to be any document for years to come reflecting such a comprehensive set of [interconnection] solutions,” said Tyler Norris, former head of development at Cypress Creek Renewables.

    By April 18, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Tackling 3 key issues can help scale virtual power plants and spur a wave of benefits, analysts say

    Advanced operational software, communications standards and customer compensation are needed to scale VPP size and services, cut system and customer costs and enhance reliability, key VPP players agree.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    As states increasingly look to advanced nuclear, Wyoming, Virginia and Michigan lead the way

    Their efforts are showing policymakers elsewhere how to attract emerging nuclear technologies and the skilled workers they need to operate, National Association of State Energy Officials President David Terry said.

    By Brian Martucci • April 17, 2024
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    Surging demand growth spurs openings for advanced nuclear, grid technologies: DOE’s Crane

    Inflation Reduction Act and infrastructure law funding are supporting new technologies, he said, but the "missing link" is permitting reform. “Without permitting reform, what we are hindering is new zero-carbon energy sources.”

    By April 17, 2024
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    Opinion

    The time is ripe for utilities to play a larger role in the energy transition

    Utilities should provide upfront support to low- to moderate-income customers for residential electrification and decarbonization measures to prevent them from being stuck on the existing fossil fuel systems.

    By Dan Bakal • April 16, 2024
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    VPPs, other advanced technologies could each expand existing US grid capacity 20-100 GW: DOE

    Separately, AES and LineVision released a case study showing how using dynamic line ratings increased capacity on power lines in Indiana and Ohio.

    By April 16, 2024
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    Constellation, generator trade groups back PJM plan to revert to original capacity auction results

    However, Delaware and Maryland utility commissions contend the PJM plan should be rejected, telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission it would more than double capacity costs for ratepayers in their states.

    By April 15, 2024
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    Opinion

    Power grids are facing more demand than ever. Policy needs to catch up.

    There is a gap between operational realities and aspirational policies. That gap is growing, and not shrinking as it must.

    By Todd Snitchler • April 15, 2024
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    House Republicans begin congressional challenge to SEC climate disclosure rule

    House Financial Services Committee Chair Patrick McHenry said the agency’s voluntary pause is “not enough.”

    By Lamar Johnson • April 12, 2024
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    Pathways Initiative proposes independent power market organization for the West

    The stakeholder group aims to establish an organization free of CAISO governance to run wholesale power markets, laying the groundwork for a possible regional transmission organization.

    By April 11, 2024
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    SEC reiterates no scope 3 in final climate rule

    Agency officials are starting to educate industry stakeholders and investors on the paused rule’s required disclosures while defending it in court.

    By Lamar Johnson • April 10, 2024
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    FERC approves PJM’s $5.1B cost-share plan for transmission to be built by Dominion, others

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected arguments that Virginia should pay a larger share for projects driven by its data center policies.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Opinion

    Can Retail Choice 2.0 succeed where Retail Choice 1.0 (maybe) failed?

    Retail Choice 2.0 is capable of unlocking more value than ever, through smart meters, telecommunications infrastructure, AI, electrified homes and even social media, enabling both real-time feedback and customer education.

    By Allison Bates Wannop • April 9, 2024
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    South Carolina advances bill that could spur gas power for Duke, Dominion utilities, hamper solar

    Renewable developers EnergyRe and Pine Gate Renewables urged lawmakers to require that utilities add about 8 GW of solar from approved integrated resource plans, with offramps.

    By April 9, 2024
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    These 8 nonprofits got $20B from the Biden administration for local clean energy financing. Now what?

    The “green bank” funds must be obligated by September amid efforts by Republican lawmakers to repeal the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • April 8, 2024
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    Building decarbonization goes beyond energy efficiency, US Green Building Council says

    Other pathways like electrification, clean power and building grid integration can help owners and operators reduce building emissions, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

    By Nish Amarnath • April 8, 2024
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    SEC stays climate-risk disclosure rule as it works through legal challenges

    The agency maintains that the regulation is within the agency’s authority and said it “will continue vigorously defending the Final Rules’ validity in court.”

    By Lamar Johnson • April 5, 2024
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    Don’t count on FERC as the ‘big sugar daddy’ for new transmission, generation: Commissioner Christie

    State utility regulators must have a central role in transmission planning and cost allocation, FERC Commissioner Mark Christie said Thursday. “You cannot cut states out of the process.”

    By April 5, 2024
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    NRC should assess if its reactor licensing process adequately considers climate risks: GAO

    The federal watchdog found that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s natural hazard assessments “do not fully consider potential climate change effects,” such as extreme heat, drought, wildfires and hurricanes.

    By Brian Martucci • April 4, 2024
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    Opinion

    Grid reliability’s core challenge is governance, not a changing resource mix

    An outdated and parochial oversight system is the biggest threat to U.S. grid reliability.

    By Alexandra Klass, Josh Macey, Shelley Welton and Hannah Wiseman • April 4, 2024
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    Hawaiian Electric offers new incentives to customers with rooftop solar and battery storage

    The company says it is streamlining programs for rooftop solar users to help the state meet its clean energy goals, but some customers could see smaller financial benefits.

    By Patrick Cooley • April 3, 2024
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    New NRC licensing road map aims to add clarity for advanced reactor applications

    The detailed guidance could “significantly reduce the regulatory uncertainty” for non-light water reactors submitting construction permit and licensing applications, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

    By Brian Martucci • April 3, 2024