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New Jersey Props Up Nuclear, Expand Solar and Storage

RTO Insider: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday signed legislation to subsidize the state’s nuclear generating fleet, raise its renewable generation targets, boost storage and offshore wind, and revamp its solar program. In a press conference staged in front of solar panels in South Brunswick, N.J., Murphy signed Senate Bill S2313, which will […]

May 24, 2018 Read More →

Massachusetts, Rhode Island Bet Big on Offshore Wind

CommonWealth: The Baker administration placed a bold bet on the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind Wednesday, selecting one company to build an 800-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and working with Rhode Island to procure another 400 megawatts at another location in the same area. State officials said they hope […]

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Xcel Closes Coal Plants, Cuts Carbon Emissions Sharply

The Denver Post: Xcel Energy has cut carbon emissions 35 percent since 2005 and expects to surpass 50 percent by 2022, largely by retiring aging coal plants and replacing them with renewable sources. The Minneapolis-based owner of Colorado’s largest utility appears ahead of schedule on its goal of reaching a 60 percent reduction in 2005 […]

May 24, 2018 Read More →

Utilities’ Embrace of Renewables a Big Worry for GE

Reuters: Vistra Energy Corp and Dominion Energy Inc–which serve about 5.5 million electricity customers in more than a dozen U.S. states–both say they are done building combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plants. Instead, they are building large solar plants, which offer plentiful and inexpensive electricity. This bearish view of fossil-fuel energy, reflective of a growing acceptance […]

May 24, 2018 Read More →

South Australia Moves Forward With Massive Tesla Storage Project

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: South Australia will push ahead with a plan to install battery systems built by Elon Musk’s Tesla in 50,000 homes, with the new state government committing to continue the pro-battery agenda of its predecessor. The Weatherill Labor government announced the Tesla policy in February, declaring it would install battery and solar systems […]

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Battery Firm Sonnen Gets Big Cash Infusion From Shell

Reuters: FRANKFURT—German solar battery maker sonnen has secured 60 million euros ($71 million) in funds from Shell Ventures and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad. Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil major that has been boosting its investments in solar and other renewables, was a lead investor in the latest funding […]

May 23, 2018 Read More →

Lawsuit Argues FirstEnergy Is Shorting Nuclear Cleanup Fund

The Plain Dealer: FirstEnergy’s power plant subsidiaries have not put enough money into federally mandated decommissioning trust funds to pay for the shutdown and cleanup of each of its four nuclear reactors, charges an environmental group with a reputation as a legally effective environmental advocate. The Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, or ELPC, made […]

May 23, 2018 Read More →

Chinese Government Tackles Wind Curtailment Woes

Bloomberg: The Chinese government’s moves to ramp up renewable energy consumption have sparked optimism over the future of China Longyuan Power Group Corp., the country’s biggest wind power producer. Driving the bullishness on Longyuan and other Chinese wind power producers like Huaneng Renewables Corp. and China Datang Corp. Renewable Power Co. is a series of […]

May 23, 2018 Read More →

Ohio Contractor Transitions From Nuclear and Coal to Solar

Midwest Energy News: An Ohio construction firm that got its start working on nuclear and coal-fired power plants is now experiencing steady growth from solar and energy efficiency projects for industrial and institutional customers. Rudolph Libbe Group celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at its new Northeast Ohio headquarters in suburban Cleveland. The renovated building […]

May 23, 2018 Read More →

Australia: AGL Moves Forward With Plans to Close Liddell Coal Plant

The Guardian: The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has called on AGL Energy to make a financial commitment to its transition plan after the company rejected a bid from Alinta for the ageing Liddell power plant, and confirmed it will shut the facility as planned in 2022. In a decision delivering a public rebuke to the […]

May 23, 2018 Read More →