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Greenhouse Gas, Law & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

A Court Ruling and a Revised GHG Metric Gives the Green Light to New Drilling

13 May , 2022  

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Matt Montalbano, Zondits staff, 5/13/2022 The Biden administration in March announced plans to resume drilling for oil and gas on federal lands. The reversal in policy was made after a federal appeals court granted a White House request to allow the administration to use a revamped metric for calculating the potential cost to society of […]

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Programs & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

Supreme Court Case Has Potential to Override EPA’s Authority

25 Feb , 2022  

Brian McCowan, Zondits Staff, 2/25/2022. This past Fall, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a case challenging the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The case was initiated by the State of West Virginia and members of the coal industry and follows the controversy over the “Clean Power […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

Microgrids Help Keep Wildfire Energy Impacts at Bay

25 Nov , 2019  

This article was originally published on utilitydive.com on Nov. 18, 2019. In a recent Utility Dive opinion piece, Scott Aaronson, vice president of security and preparedness at the Edison Electric Institute, minimizes the role of microgrids in providing our communities energy resilience. He defends the actions of California’s utilities in shutting off power for millions of […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Law & Policy, Programs & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

Illinois Cracking Down on Energy Efficiency in Cannabis Industry

23 Sep , 2019  

This article was originally published on energynews.us on Sept. 16, 2019. The state law seeks to avoid blackouts and other grid problems when its marijuana law takes effect Jan. 1. When Illinois’ new law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect Jan. 1, growers will face some of the strongest energy efficiency and reporting requirements in the […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

Patent Seeks to Sustain Thermostatically Controlled Loads

22 Aug , 2019  

This article was originally published on pnnl.gov, May 6, 2019. PNNL researchers Jianming Lian, Karanjit Kalsi, joint appointee Wei Zhang, and former PNNL intern Sen Li recently received a patent for a market mechanism consisting of novel bidding and clearing strategies. These strategies—for the first time—systematically incorporate the internal dynamics of thermostatically controlled loads, or […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Codes & Standards, Programs & Policy, Regulatory Affairs, Renewables

New California Homes Mandated to Install Solar PV

11 May , 2018  

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Energy Efficiency vs. Home Affordability Written by Radhika Ojha, dsnews.com, May 11, 2018 Long seen as a frontrunner in clean energy goals, The Golden State has done it again by introducing a regulation that will make it mandatory for all new homes to install solar panels starting January 2020. The California Energy Commission recently voted unanimously to […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Law & Policy, Programs & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

Hawaii Gets New Utility Regulations

27 Apr , 2018  

Hawaii Gov Signs Performance-Based Ratemaking Into Law The new law will link utility revenues to hitting various customer-focused performance metrics, including the interconnection of solar and energy storage. Written by Julia Pyper, greentechmedia.com, April 24, 2018 Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill into law Tuesday that reforms the century-old electric utility business model, to […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

ISO New England Forecasts the Impact of Energy Efficiency and Rooftop Solar on Demand

9 Apr , 2018  

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Energy efficiency, rooftop solar to trim New England power use, draft report says Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive, April 3, 2018 Dive Brief: ISO New England released a draft of its 10-year forecast saying increasing amounts of energy efficiency and rooftop solar will trim power usage and peak demand over the coming decade. The draft report […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

Cryptocurrency Miners will be Charged Higher Power Rates In New York

19 Mar , 2018  

Munis to charge cryptocurrency miners higher power prices in New York Written by Robert Walton, Utility Dive, March 16, 218 Dive Brief: New York regulators will allow municipal power providers to charge higher rates to high-load cryptocurrency mining operations, which are using large amounts of power and driving up prices for other customers. In upstate New York, […]

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Law & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

Massachusetts Attorney General Testifies Before Department of Environmental Protection

15 Mar , 2018  

AG Healey Calls for State Plan on Electric Vehicles and New Clean Energy Goals Testifies Before Department of Environmental Protection on Use of $75 Million in Volkswagen Settlement Funds Office of Attorney General Maura Healey, February 15, 2018 BOSTON — Today, Attorney General Maura Healey called for a comprehensive statewide plan for electric vehicles and new, ambitious goals […]

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