An engineer told the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s planning committee that compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan could cost anywhere from $5 billion to $104 billion over the next two decades, with the key element likely to be the price of natural gas, Platts reports.
Engineering students are working on ways to modernize the grid to better handle renewable generation and distributed generation, and enable it to run at higher temperatures and higher voltages, E&E reports.
Reporting to Bill Magness, who takes over Jan. 1 as CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Austin Energy's Cheryl Mele will become vice president and grid COO at ERCOT in mid-January, FuelFix reports.
PJM Interconnection says the capacity of nearly 46,000 megawatts in its system is 35 percent more than the grid operator estimates it should need to handle peak power demand this winter, Platts reports.
Energy efficiency moves and increased solar capacity entering the grid through distributed generation are keeping a lid on peak demand and electricity usage, according to the 2015 Regional System Plan from ISO New England, Platts reports.
Eighty-six percent of participants in a smart energy pilot project in Hawaii run by CEIVA Energy said they preferred to see information on their electricity usage displayed on a device in their home and that having one helped improve their awareness, Hawaii News Now reports.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.