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.
Ted Craver, CEO of Southern California Edison, told the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday that the utility plans to spend $12 billion over the next three years modernizing the grid, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The nation’s power grid is getting greener, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, which says Texas and California are in the vanguard of changes that include greater use of cogeneration and waste heat to power, FuelFix reports.
A plan for the California Independent System Operator to acquire backstop capacity for the grid through an auction process has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Platts reports.
“Storage is the solution” to integrating solar energy into the grid, SunPower Corp. CEO Tom Werner told E&E in an interview, adding that he thought the utility industry and the grid would be transformed within a decade.
The stocks of U.S. petroleum products increased last week, the Energy Information Administration reported, although the million barrel rise in crude stocks was less than analysts’ expected, while the jump in gasoline stocks exceeded predictions, according to Reuters.
Earthjustice filed court papers Tuesday on behalf of several environmental and health groups seeking to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s lower ozone limits from a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy, The Hill reports.
State Department climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference that he’s thinking about the upside, not the downside, heading into a critical global conference on climate change policy that starts Monday, National Journal reports.
The plan for coal producer Walter Energy to emerge from bankruptcy is being fought by unions and the firm’s retired workers in Alabama, but a court Tuesday approved the company’s move to auction off assets, Reuters reports.
Acting to lower its credit rating for Pemex, Moody’s Investors Service pointed to the firm’s increasing debt and declining earnings, although Mexico’s national oil company responded by saying the move brings the agency in line with other ratings firms, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The White House and the billionaire conservative Koch brothers have been allies recently in moves to liberalize the nation’s criminal justice laws, but they are disagreeing over one measure that would require proof of suspects knowingly engaging in unlawful conduct, The New York Times reports, noting that such a move is alarming environmentalists.
According to a report released this week by the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, weather-related disasters have caused more than 600,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in damages over the past 20 years, The New York Times reports.
A market-based approach for cutting vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions—which could include mileage-based driver fees or emissions trading—is the goal as Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to work together on the issue, Reuters reports.