Regulation & Policy: Page 2


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    Biden administration awards $4B in clean energy manufacturing tax credits

    The money from the 48C credit spans 35 states and is part of a slate of tax incentives funded by the Inflation Reduction Act.

    By Kate Magill • April 3, 2024
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    Massachusetts commission recommends faster approvals of clean energy projects, infrastructure

    The commission suggested the state issue a single, consolidated permit for clean energy projects and limit deliberation to a maximum of 15 months.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Trendline

    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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    Opinion

    Supporting strategic end uses is key to making hydrogen hubs the building blocks to scale

    We must deploy clean hydrogen strategically to decarbonize sectors of the economy that are hard to electrify and unlock its true potential to accelerate the phaseout of fossil fuels.

    By Cihang Yuan and Daniel Riley • April 3, 2024
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    SEC asks 8th Circuit not to pause climate rule pending challenges

    The agency said Liberty Energy and Nomad Proppant Services have “identified no imminent harm” that would justify halting the rule’s implementation.

    By Lamar Johnson • April 1, 2024
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    IRS direct pay framework opens doors for tax-exempt entities to access clean energy credits

    The U.S. Treasury Department’s final rule, issued under the Inflation Reduction Act, paves the way for organizations to receive more than 30% of a project’s cost in direct cash payments for clean energy investments.

    By Brian Martucci • April 1, 2024
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    SPP capacity accreditation plan disadvantages clean power, threatens reliability, ACP, others say

    The American Clean Power Association and other groups urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the Southwest Power Pool’s latest plan to reform its capacity accreditation process.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Opinion

    Don’t give up on green hydrogen

    The reality is that we will never achieve a carbon-free economy without green hydrogen and green hydrogen carriers like ammonia, ethanol and formic acid.

    By Clay Norris • March 29, 2024
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    MISO seeks FERC approval for new capacity accreditation process to bolster grid reliability

    “The changing resource mix combined with extreme weather and shifting load profiles have created what the NERC has characterized as a ‘hyper-complex risk environment,’” MISO said.

    By March 29, 2024
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    Efficiency, clean energy are options for meeting demand growth before gas generation: Energy Innovation

    Texas has met its 2.6% annual demand growth with wind and solar, highlighting how clean energy can handle rising electric use, per the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    A new era of price-based demand response emerges, but utilities and regulators need proof of its potential

    New load flexibility from price-based demand response programs could be invaluable if reliability and cost-effectiveness is confirmed in real-world operating conditions, stakeholders agree.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Opinion

    Election year opportunities — and pitfalls — for emerging energy companies

    Whether you are a renewable energy firm, energy manufacturing group, private investor in the space or other stakeholder, there are many ways you can become politically active and effective.

    By Steve Roberts and Nicole Kelly • March 27, 2024
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    ERCOT to survey customers about cost of power outages

    Responses will help regulators estimate the value of lost load and ultimately set a reliability standard for the Texas grid.

    By March 27, 2024
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    White House funds $6B to decarbonize US industrial sector

    The Department of Energy offered grants for 33 projects in eight historically high carbon-emitting industries such as aluminum, concrete and chemicals.

    By Joelle Anselmo • March 26, 2024
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    The SEC makes the call: Climate risk equals financial risk

    When the SEC’s climate disclosure rule is paired with other climate reporting directives, the shift within the financial landscape will be monumental.

    By Bob Hinkle • March 26, 2024
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    States shouldn’t have to pay for transmission driven by other states’ policies: FERC’s Christie

    Loading up a pending transmission planning and cost allocation rule with more legally dubious provisions will increase risks in its “uncertain future,” FERC Commissioner Mark Christie said.

    By March 26, 2024
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    FERC doesn’t act on dispute over Salt River Project’s rooftop solar rules, teeing up possible court battle

    The decision stems from a petition filed by Vote Solar and several SRP customers over the Tempe, Arizona-based utility’s rooftop solar program.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Opinion

    Grid technology could save billions but for a policy vacuum

    Separate studies by Quanta Technologies and the Brattle Group found that using grid-enhancing technologies in generator interconnection could reduce wholesale energy costs nationwide by over $5 billion per year.

    By Neil Chatterjee • March 25, 2024
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    Local solar power: how solar pv can transform your utility

    Learn how solar PV can support greater energy independence and reduce carbon emissions.

    March 25, 2024
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    How states are tackling clean heat and what it means for utilities

    Among states with greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, several are considering and implementing clean heat standards in which heating applications are examined for potential GHG reduction.  

    By Andrew Cottrell, Partner, ScottMadden • March 25, 2024
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    SEC to face all climate rule challenges in US 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

    The agency had nine legal challenges to its rule requiring public companies to disclose certain climate risks consolidated into one venue.

    By Lamar Johnson • March 22, 2024
  • Senators press FERC nominees on climate, natural gas, transmission cost allocation

    Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee focused on the issue of fuel neutrality and whether the nominees would uphold it.

    By March 22, 2024
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    Opinion

    Nuclear boosterism has gotten reckless

    Today's misguided focus on nuclear power is diverting us from renewables, storage and efficiency, hobbling us in our race against climate chaos.

    By Kevin Kamps • March 22, 2024
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    FERC affirms generator interconnection rule, but ‘it’s not a silver bullet,’ Christie says

    Renewables and storage make up the majority of interconnection queue projects, but they are “not one-for-one replacements” for retiring dispatchable power plants, Commissioner Mark Christie warned.

    By March 22, 2024
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    Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee sue SEC to block climate rule, building on Republican-led backlash

    The trio of states, led by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, has asked a federal court to review the rule and stop the agency from “overstepping its authority.”

    By Zoya Mirza • March 21, 2024
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    Opinion

    Unlocking the power of green hydrogen requires a workable tax credit

    The Treasury Department’s draft rules for the 45V clean hydrogen tax credit will slow things to a crawl, doing the opposite of what the Inflation Reduction Act intended, which was to encourage domestic hydrogen production.

    By Andy Vesey • March 21, 2024