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IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere

IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere

Demise of Keystone XL should spur regulators, investors to reconsider massive pipeline projects

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews the public comments it recently received on its proposal to reconsider how it determines whether a gas pipeline should be granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity, it would do well to consider the cautionary tale of a massive fossil fuel infrastructure project, the Keystone XL […]

U.S. wind, solar and battery storage capacity boomed during first quarter

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Following record capacity additions in 2020, U.S. developers of large-scale wind farms, solar plants and battery stations started 2021 with a bang, bringing online a combined 3,859 MW in the first quarter, 10% more than in the same period a year ago, according to a new report underscoring the country’s […]

May 14, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Winds shifting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC mulls changes to pipeline approval process, downstream emissions impact

April 7, 2021 (IEEFA) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week gave the public more time to comment on the review of a policy document that guides its decisions on approving new interstate gas facilities, including pipelines. FERC approves projects with Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity that require the commission to assess […]

U.S. federal regulators tackle climate risks of gas pipelines in major policy shift

Associated Press: For the first time, a federal energy board is weighing how a proposed natural gas pipeline would affect greenhouse gas emissions, one of several steps taken this week by the Biden administration in its effort to slow climate change. With a new Democratic chair at the helm, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted […]

March 19, 2021 Read More →

Orsted continues onshore expansion in U.S with 367MW Western Trail wind project in Texas Orsted has taken a final investment decision on the 367MW Western Trail wind project in Texas. The project, located near Orsted’s Lockett wind project, is slated to reach commercial operation in 2021. The wind farm will supply power in the ERCOT wholesale power market in Texas. Orsted has also completed the 103MW Willow Creek […]

October 2, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA update: Another pipeline tripped up by failure to obtain a Clean Water Act approval

State action thwarts another U.S. federal effort to expand fossil fuel-burning as financial realities and alternative solutions embolden a North Carolina agency

While the debate rages over the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a large proposed extension has just hit a brick wall.   The main Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would run 303 miles from West Virginia to Pittsylvania County in Virginia, is not yet fully built. Construction was speeding along until a U.S. appeals court ruled that it had […]

August 13, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA update: Doubling down on utility-scale renewables

Solar and wind continue to attract investors as fossil fuel assets fall

Amid the global economic crisis, utility-scale wind and solar continue to be seen not just as a long-term investment but one for the near term as well.  Writing from Australia this week, my colleague Bruce Robertson notes that two big energy companies—Origin and Santos—are pulling back on oil and gas capital spending but forging ahead on […]

April 8, 2020 Read More →

Coal-heavy co-op signs contract for South Dakota’s largest solar project

Bismarck Tribune: Bismarck-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative will purchase electricity from a solar farm slated near Rapid City, S.D. The co-op announced the power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy on Tuesday. Geronimo is the developer of the Wild Springs Solar Project, which, with a capacity of 128 megawatts, would become the largest solar farm in […]

February 19, 2020 Read More →

South Dakota regulators approve state’s first utility-scale solar project

KELO: South Dakota’s first commercial project for producing electricity from the sun’s rays came up for a decision Monday. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved state-level permitting for its construction and operation. The vote was 3-0. Lookout Solar Park would be on 810 acres of federal trust land allotted to Lois Wilson Rapp in […]

February 4, 2020 Read More →

U.S. installed 9.1GW of new wind in 2019, total capacity now tops 105GW—AWEA

Windpower Engineering & Development: The [U.S.] wind industry experienced its third strongest year on record in 2019 as project developers added 9,143 MW of wind power capacity to the grid. On the heels of this activity, another 44,000 MW of wind projects – representing over $62 billion in investment – are either under construction or […]

February 3, 2020 Read More →