New rules governing New York’s electric grid, which will encourage small-scale production, should be in place by next year, state Public Service Commission chief Audrey Zibelman told The Washington Post.
Elon Musk’s Powerwall batteries have attracted the interest of Green Mountain Power Corp. in Vermont, where CEO Mary Powell sees them as the key element in the transition to a more community-driven model in the power market, The Associated Press reports.
Companies would be allowed to collect energy generated from scattered sources – including rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles – and bundle it together for resale on the wholesale market, under new rules approved by the California Independent System Operator, Bloomberg reports.
Senate Republicans’ bill to fund the Energy Department severely undercuts cybersecurity efforts for the grid, Democrats charged on Wednesday, saying the budget framework would put the nation’s energy infrastructure at risk for cyberattacks.
On a call with reporters, Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., said the $35.4 billion bill, advanced with bipartisan support by the Senate Appropriations Committee, offered inadequate funding for both cybersecurity and power grid upgrade programs.
The resilience and flexibility of the nation's power grid took center stage in Washington Thursday, as officials sought to strengthen the current energy infrastructure and set groundrules for its evolution in the face of advanced technologies.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed new standards to better protect the grid from the impact of solar storms, while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee began pondering rules for upgrading the grid to handle distributed generation, battery storage and other new technologies.
Technology improvements that reduce line losses – electricity that’s lost in transmission – could make it easier for states to reach goals set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
Experts attending a utilities conference in Washington last week urged investment to modernize the nation’s grid and better integrate renewable energy, arguing it would help create jobs, Forbes reports.
From her position as chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Audrey Zibelman is pushing to make the electric grid more resilient by incorporating distributed generation, energy storage technologies and other innovation, E&E reports.
Democratic leaders in Appalachian states—Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in West Virginia and Gov. Steve Beshear in Kentucky—are facing increasing pressure at home to refuse cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
Opponents of the Obama administration plan to limit power plant carbon emissions started meeting a year and a half ago at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarter to plot strategy to fight it, The New York Times reports.
The $1.3 trillion lost by investors in energy stocks since oil prices started to slide in June 2014 amounts to more than Mexico’s GDP, and hit pension funds as well as billionaires such as Carl Icahn, Bloomberg reports.
A rebound in China’s faltering stock market helped stabilize oil prices Tuesday, although traders told Reuters as a result of the continuing supply glut any recovery would only be temporary. U.S. benchmark crude rose 57 cents to settle at $45.74 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent nearly hit the $50 mark, gaining 47 cents to $49.99.
Strong performance by its California utilities and “growth opportunities” overseas helped Sempra Energy to a profit of $296 million in the second quarter, an increase of almost 10 percent, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Republican presidential hopefuls should be starting to lay out their “clear vision” of how they’d handle energy issues in the White House, said American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard, FuelFix reports.
Following disappointing results in July, Mexico has made adjustments to the terms of its offshore lease auction set for September, changing the required financial guarantees and also allowing companies to bid individually for some fields and as part of a group for others, The Wall Street Journal reports.
New efficiency standards being promoted by the Department of Energy would require that rechargeable batteries for devices such as cellphones, laptops and tablets hold their charge longer, cutting energy use by 11 percent, The Hill reports.