Energy in the News

Each week, C2ES provides a roundup of top energy news. Each headline below links to the full story at the original news outlet, which is solely responsible for its content.  Additional links to relevant C2ES resources are also provided.

Week of October 2, 2017

  • How DOE's baseload power rule 'would blow the market up' (Utility Dive)
    The Department of Energy’s proposed rulemaking to cover the costs of baseload coal and nuclear generators could lead to an unraveling of wholesale power markets if adopted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, energy regulators and industry analysts told Utility Dive.
  • Solar leads the charge in another record year for renewables (International Energy Agency)
    Boosted by a strong solar PV market, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016, with almost 165 gigawatts coming online. This was another record year, largely as a result of booming solar PV deployment in China and around the world, driven by sharp cost reductions and policy support.
    More from C2ES on renewables
  • TransCanada pulls plug on Energy East pipeline (CBC)
    The proposed Energy East project would have carried more than one million barrels of oil every day from Alberta and Saskatchewan across the country to be refined in New Brunswick and then exported either from there or from a new yet-to-be-built port in Quebec.
    More from C2ES on oil
  • Energy efficiency gains at risk of slowing down without renewed government focus (International Energy Agency)
    The recent acceleration in global energy efficiency gains risks slowing down if governments do not maintain their focus on implementing new efficiency policies, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.
  • Fukushima operator can restart nuclear reactors at world's biggest plant (The Guardian) 
    The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been given initial approval to restart reactors at another atomic facility, marking the first step towards the firm’s return to nuclear power generation more than six years after the March 2011 triple meltdown.
    More from C2ES on nuclear

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Week of August 21, 2017

  • DOE releases highly anticipated grid study, faults natural gas for baseload retirements (Utility Dive)
    The Department of Energy released its highly anticipated grid study after months of speculation, controversy and a leaked early draft. The study found cheap natural gas to be the greatest driver of baseload power plant retirements, followed by flat power demand, environmental regulations and the growing penetration of renewables on the grid. Perhaps most notably, the study did not find renewables to be a threat to grid reliability.
  • Can coal and nuclear save the grid? (Energywire - subscription)
    "Fuel security" has jumped to the top of the hazards list confronting the U.S. electric power grid, elevated most recently in the Energy Department staff report to Secretary Rick Perry on electricity markets and reliability. A primary question asked but not answered in the report is: Are coal and nuclear power plants, with their on-site fuel supplies, essential for a swift recovery from a grid disaster or major disruption?
    More from C2ES on electricity
  • Court rejects pipeline project on climate concerns (The Hill)
    In a 2-1 ruling, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not properly analyze the climate impact from burning the natural gas that the project (in the southeastern U.S.) would deliver to power plants.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • Northern Pass transmission project gets DOE environmental nod (Utility Dive)
    Designed to bring hydroelectricity from Canada to the United States, DOE's final environmental assessment moves the project forward to a possible final approval. The report concluded that the proposed Northern Pass route is the “preferred alternative" and will have only minimal impacts while providing benefits.
    More from C2ES on Canadian electricity
  • RGGI states propose to cut power plant emissions another 30% (Utility Dive)
    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a coalition of nine New England and Mid-Atlantic states, has proposed a 30 percent reduction in its greenhouse gases emissions cap.
    More from C2ES on RGGI

Week of August 14, 2017

  • N.Y. report finds carbon price would create competition (Energywire - Subscription)
    The Brattle Group, which did the study with NYISO's and DPS's input, said a price on CO2 of $40 per ton would induce the market to find the cheapest ways of reducing emissions, as opposed to more targeted policies on renewables and climate.

  • New gas plants cheaper than distributed power — Calif. study (Energywire - Subscription)
    A hotly awaited study on alternatives to building a new gas-fired power plant in Southern California has found that distributed resources could fill the need but would be more expensive than conventional resources.

  • Gas flaring rises despite N.D. regulations (Energywire - Subscription)
    The volume of gas burned in flares reached 222 million cubic feet a day in June, a 31 percent increase from the same month last year, when the volume was 170 million cubic feet. That's still far lower than the peak in 2014, but critics said the turnaround shows the limits of North Dakota's industry-friendly regulations.
    More from C2ES on natural gas

  • Bloom claims largest fuel cell data center deployment with Equinix (Utility Dive)
    Bloom Energy Cells will be installed at 12 Equinix data centers in North America, supplying 37 MW of capacity under 15-year power purchase agreements. Once operational, the Equinix fuel cell project will provide power that is up to 45 percent cleaner than the equivalent utility-provided gas-powered generation. The project, over its lifetime, will avoid 660,000 tons of carbon emissions and save 87 billion gallons of water that would have been used by power plants. It will also relieve day-to-day stress on local utility providers, the companies said, helping to delay new utility generation.

  • 7 Utah counties exploring experimental nuclear power from ‘molten salt’ (The Salt Lake Tribune)
    Imagine generating nuclear power that can’t be turned into weapons, doesn’t pose a risk of meltdown or radiation release nor produce high-level radioactive waste that could contaminate the environment for millennia. And to sweeten the deal, medical isotopes could be harvested from a process.
    More from C2ES on nuclear

Week of August 7, 2017

  • ISO-NE draft report: Market revenues not sufficient for new resource development (Utility Dive)
    New resources "will require sources of revenue in addition to the wholesale energy market to remain economically viable," ISO-NE expects. Gas units show the greatest revenue shortfall as a result of higher costs, but renewable resources also show significant revenue shortfalls.
    More from C2ES on electricity

  • DOE study shows rapid growth, but trouble looms (Greenwire - Subscription)
    Forecasts after 2021 show a downturn because of the PTC phaseout, low natural gas prices, modest electricity demand growth and less of a push from state renewable portfolio standards, DOE said. The percentage of wind driven by renewable portfolio standards fell to about 21 percent last year, when it was closer to 50 percent in previous years.Inadequate transmission and competition with solar also could dampen future growth in some regions, DOE said. "At the same time, the potential for continued technological advancements and cost reductions enhance the prospects for longer-term growth, as does burgeoning corporate demand for wind energy," the reports said.
    More from C2ES on wind

  • In a hotter world, seeking cool relief can make it warmer (Climatewire - Subscription)
    As demand in China, India, Japan and other Asian nations has begun to set world records in sales and production, experts worry that these growing efforts to stay cool will accelerate global warming. It stands to increase electricity consumption from coal and use more traditional refrigerants, which release greenhouse gases. Many people also rely on aging technologies that suffer from energy inefficiency, poor maintenance and design flaws.

  • BP finally breaks through in the Mancos Shale (Energywire - Subscription)
    BP's announcement declared that its new shale gas well is producing 12.9 million cubic feet of gas per day, a rate that's "the highest achieved in the past 14 years in the San Juan Basin [New Mexico]." BP says the development has confirmed another major onshore source of U.S. shale gas, further underscoring the abundance of new gas resources unlocked by the refinement of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
    More from C2ES on natural gas

  • Tech guru Bill Joy unveils a battery to challenge lithium-ion (Bloomberg)
    Elon Musk isn’t the only visionary betting that the world will soon be reliant on batteries. Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, also envisions such dependence. He just thinks alkaline is a smarter way to go than lithium-ion.
    More from C2ES on electrical energy storage

Week of July 31, 2017

  • Santee Cooper, SCANA abandon Summer nuclear plant construction (Utility Dive)
    Santee Cooper and SCANA Corp. will abandon efforts to build two new nuclear reactors at the Summer plant in South Carolina, the utilities announced on Tuesday.
    More from C2ES on nuclear

  • EPA planning 'inside the fence' replacement for Clean Power Plan (SNL)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears set to replace the broadly scoped Clean Power Plan with a narrower rule requiring generators to make plant-specific thermal efficiency improvements to coal-fired facilities, according to a former transition team member for President Donald Trump and two industry sources familiar with the agency's plans.
    More from C2ES on electricity

  • Deepwater Wind, Tesla plan major offshore battery project (E&E News PM - Subscription)
    The 144-megawatt Revolution Wind project would be linked with a storage system from Tesla Inc. 12 miles south of Martha's Vineyard. It would be the first pairing of offshore wind and energy storage in the U.S., with the project aiming to sequester large amounts of electricity produced at night for later use.
    More from C2ES on renewables

  • Japan to start work on revising basic energy policy next week (Reuters)
    Tokyo will begin discussions on a revision of Japan's basic energy plan next week, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko said, although he expects no change in the basic structure of energy policy established in 2014.
    More from C2ES on key country policies

  • Amazon and Wal-Mart finally found a use for hydrogen power (Bloomberg)
    Now, thanks to the thriving warehouse networks of online and big-box retailers, hydrogen has found a place inside growing fleets of forklifts. The numbers work out: Although a forklift outfitted with a hydrogen fuel-cell pack costs up to $58,000 -- about twice as much as one with a standard lead-acid battery -- hydrogen models are 10 percent cheaper over the 10-year life span of an average forklift, according to a 2013 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (Plug says its cost advantage has improved further since the study.)
    More from C2ES on transportation

Week of July 24, 2017

  • Federal court throws out challenge to New York nuclear subsidies (Utility Dive)
    A federal court in New York on Tuesday threw out a challenge to New York's nuclear energy subsidies, the second this month to rule in favor of the so-called zero-emission credits (ZECs).
  • Connecticut Gov. Malloy orders financial review of Millstone nuke (Utility Dive)
    Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy (D) issued an executive order Tuesday directing state utility regulators to conduct a review of the financial viability of the Millstone nuclear plant and its role in meeting state carbon targets.
  • Summer nuke owners accept $2.2B from Toshiba to continue construction (Utility Dive)
    Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas on Thursday accepted $2.168 billion from Toshiba to help cover the construction costs of the long-delayed V.C. Summer nuclear plant following the bankruptcy of nuclear development subsidiary Westinghouse.
    More from C2ES on nuclear
  • U.S. crude oil production forecast expected to reach record high in 2018 (Energy Information Administration)
    In EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), total U.S. crude oil production is forecast to average 9.3 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2017, up 0.5 million b/d from 2016. In 2018, EIA expects crude oil production to reach an average of 9.9 million b/d, which would surpass the previous record of 9.6 million b/d set in 1970.
  • ExxonMobil discovers additional oil offshore Guyana (Oil & Gas Financial Journal)
    Exxon Mobil has discovered additional oil in the Payara reservoir offshore Guyana, increasing the total Payara discovery to approximately 500 million oil-equivalent barrels.
  • Shell prepares for ‘lower forever’ oil prices (Wall Street Journal)
    The views of the British-Dutch oil company reflect the transition under way in a global energy industry grappling with the twin forces of an oil-supply glut and a looming consumer shift away from petroleum. These trends are even more pronounced for oil companies in Europe, where local and national governments are trying to phase out vehicles with internal-combustion engines, encourage electric automobiles and reduce overall carbon emissions.
    More from C2ES on oil

Week of July 17, 2017

  • Perry says gas exports address climate change better than Paris (Climatewire - subscription)
    The nation is shrinking its carbon footprint by producing cheap natural gas and can do the same for other countries through exports, according to Energy Secretary Rick Perry. "We have contributed to curbing global CO2 emissions through the increased use of natural gas, the use of cleaner-burning coal, the use of nuclear, hydro and renewables in our power portfolio," Perry said at a press conference. "It's American innovation and technology that's driving this success, not some international agreement."
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  • U.S. gas supplies up 10 percent in 2 years — assessment (Energywire - subscription)
    A steady clip of shale gas discoveries is behind a new estimate that the country has 3,141 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of future natural gas supplies, 10 percent more than analysts knew of just two years ago. In 2016, the United States consumed about 27.5 Tcf of natural gas.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • Federal court tosses lawsuit challenging Illinois subsidies (Energywire - subscription)
    In a 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah said the Illinois ZEC program (a provision in Illinois' new energy law that may provide more than $2 billion in subsidies to two nuclear plants over the next decade) doesn't conflict with the Federal Power Act, the statute that gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive authority over wholesale power markets.
    More from C2ES on nuclear
  • In the heart of coal country, state officials bet on renewable energy (CNBC)
    When Kiran Bhatraju, a native of Pikeville, Kentucky, and the CEO of renewable-energy company Arcadia Power, heard that a coal company would be converting an old strip mine into a solar farm, he expected huge backlash. But his community's reaction was the opposite.
    More from C2ES on renewables
  • India to phase out 5.5 GW of coal-fired power plants (Reuters)
    India has identified 5.5 gigawatts (GW) of inefficient coal-fired power plants to be retired, Power Minister Piyush Goyal told lawmakers, as the country looks to cut emissions and make better use of its coal reserves.
    More from C2ES on coal

Week of July 10, 2017

  • Coal got knocked out in Calif. Now, gas is on the ropes (Energywire - subscription) 
    Now, as politicians are considering moving to 100 percent "zero-carbon" resources by 2045 — as a bill being considered this week in the state Legislature would do — regulators are tapping the brakes on Puente (a gas-fired plant planned for the Southern California coast 60 miles west of Los Angeles) and a number of other gas-fired plants planned for the Southern California region.
    More from C2ES on energy
  • Superstorm Sandy a 'wake-up call' for microgrid supporters (Energywire - subscription)
    Superstorm Sandy caused a string of blackouts in New Jersey, shutting off the lights at dozens of critical facilities. But if another severe weather event strikes, the state will have a new line of defense. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) last week approved the implementation of 13 microgrids statewide. All of the projects will help provide backup power to critical facilities, including schools, hospitals, and police and fire stations.
    More from C2ES on microgrids
  • Hold 'em or fold 'em: New nuclear build permits hold 'option value' for 5 utilities (Utility Dive)
    Recent news about nuclear power plants would not seem to be conducive to building a new nuclear plant, but five electric companies are keeping their plans for new reactors alive.
  • France may close up to 17 nuclear reactors by 2025 - Hulot (Reuters)
    France may close as many as 17 reactors by 2025 as it seeks to reduce the share of nuclear power in its electricity mix, according to Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot.
    More from C2ES on nuclear
  • Dominion CEO charts the company's low-carbon future (Energywire - subscription)
    Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell describes the decisions his company has made as it plans for a future centered on natural gas, nuclear generation and solar power.
    More from C2ES on electricity

Week of July 3, 2017

  • Shell pushes further into power, renewables with bid to acquire MP2 Energy (GTM)
    Shell Energy North America, a division of the oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell, announced last week it has signed a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Texas-based MP2 Energy. The bid signals Shell’s growing interest in the power sector, including renewable energy and energy management services.
  • Monthly renewable electricity generation surpasses nuclear for the first time since 1984 (Energy Information Administration)
    In March, and again in April, U.S. monthly electricity generation from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation for the first time since July 1984. This outcome reflects both seasonal and trend growth in renewable generation, as well as maintenance and refueling schedules for nuclear plants, which tend to undergo maintenance during spring and fall months, when overall electricity demand is lower than in summer or winter.
  • Construction costs for most power plant types have fallen in recent years (Energy Information Administration)
    Based on EIA survey data for new, utility-scale electric generators (those with a capacity greater than one megawatt), capacity-weighted average construction costs for many generator types have fallen in recent years. Annual changes in construction costs include the effects of differences in the geographic distribution of installed capacity between years, differences in technology types, and other changes in capital and financing costs.
    More from C2ES on energy
  • Germany is addicted to Russian gas (Bloomberg)
    Already Europe’s biggest gas user, Germany gets about 40 percent of what it consumes from Russia, the world’s largest exporter, according to industry consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. in London. That dependence is only going to increase by 2025 to more than 50 percent, especially with output from the Netherlands, Germany’s western neighbor, set to drop in coming years.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • As Beijing joins climate fight, Chinese companies build coal plants (New York Times)
    Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal, according to tallies compiled by Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin. Many of the plants are in China, but by capacity, roughly a fifth of these new coal power stations are in other countries.
    More from C2ES on coal

Week of June 26, 2017

  • Trump's energy promises? Some already exist (Energywire - subscription)
    President Trump announced a slate of initiatives to ramp up U.S. energy development and exports as part of a mission to make America "energy dominant." Trump told a room full of industry executives at the Energy Department headquarters that he wants to boost nuclear power, export more gas and coal, and expand oil and gas drilling offshore and on public lands.
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  • Southern suspends work on Kemper coal gasification units (Utility Dive)
  • Southern Co. is "immediately suspending start-up and operations activities" on the gasifier units of its Kemper County power plant, the company said in a press release.
    More from C2ES on carbon capture use and storage
  • A new problem for Keystone XL: oil companies don’t want it (Wall Street Journal)
    Delayed for nearly a decade by protests and regulatory roadblocks, Keystone XL got the green light from President Donald Trump in March. But the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, is struggling to line up customers to ship crude from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, say people familiar with the matter.
  • More from C2ES on oil
  • Industry eyes states for relief, questions federal efforts (Climatewire - subscription)
    For the troubled nuclear industry, state policies offer more immediate help than slow-moving federal efforts, executives and analysts told the U.S. Energy Information Administration's annual meeting in Washington.
  • Boosts for coal, nuclear fizzle in [Ohio] Legislature (Climatewire - subscription)
    A proposal to provide roughly $300 million annually to support two FirstEnergy Corp. nuclear plants is stalled. Likewise for a plan to prop up a pair of Ohio Valley Electric Corp. (OVEC) coal plants. And last-minute language added to the state Senate's budget proposal that would have allowed utilities to collect money from consumers to maintain a minimum credit rating was stripped from a final version of the state's spending plan.
  • More from C2ES on nuclear

Week of June 12, 2017

  • Corporate Clean Energy: Not Just for Google and Apple Anymore (Greentech Media)
    The Rocky Mountain Institute has tracked nearly 1 gigawatt of corporate renewable energy procurements from January through May 12 of this year. With the federal government moving away from initiatives to fight climate change, businesses, cities, and states will now have to assume the role of leaders on clean energy in the U.S.
  • Renewables Break 10% Barrier (U.S. Energy Administration Information)
    Break out the champagne — Wind and solar power exceeded 10% of U.S. power generation for the first time in March, the Energy Information Administration said in a brief report. Plus, wind and solar provided at least 20% of the power in seven states last year (led by Iowa at 37%).
  • Nevada Boosts Solar Power, Reversing Course (E&E News)
    A law that reinstates net metering for residential solar customers in Nevada is the first time in U.S. history that consumers have been legally guaranteed the right to self-generate electricity, and it could serve as a national model.
    More from C2ES on solar
  • Wind Group Launches Multi-Million Dollar Campaign (Axios)
    The campaign, launched by the group American Wind Action, shows how the wind industry is going big on defense as it confronts a president whose comments on wind tend to be negative — if he talks about it at all.
    More from C2ES on wind
  • Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think (Bloomberg)
    Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast. That’s the conclusion of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance outlook for how fuel and electricity markets will evolve by 2040.
    More from C2ES on solar

Week of June 5, 2017

  • Brown Steps Up U.S. Clean Energy Leadership During China Trip (The Guardian)
    California Governor Jerry Brown signed a nonbinding agreement with China Tuesday to cooperate on renewable energy technology, including zero-emissions vehicles, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
    More from C2ES on emissions
  • Trump Actually Wants to Build a Wall Covered in Solar Panels  (Greentech Media)
    Trump pitched Republican Congressional leaders on building a border wall covered in solar panels, and to use the electricity generated to cover the costs.
    More from C2ES on solar
  • Reducing Methane Emissions Has Created a New U.S. Job Industry (Environmental Defense Fund)
    A new EDF research study shows that tackling methane emissions not only produces cleaner air but creates high-quality jobs and better bottom lines for oil and gas producers.
    More from C2ES on emissions
  • North Carolina to Reform Solar Policies as Red States Lead on Renewables (Associated Press)
    A bipartisan bill to reform energy policies and encourage the growth of renewable energy was introduced by conservative lawmakers the North Carolina legislature this week. The consensus bill would grant utilities' request to reform various renewable energy laws, but includes incentives for the solar industry.
    More from C2ES on solar
  • Global EV Outlook 2017 (International Energy Agency)
    The global electric car stock, primarily composed of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), surpassed 2 million units in 2016. This is up 60% from 2015, indicating rapid market evolution.
    More from C2ES on emissions

Week of May 29, 2017

  • Trump pulls US out of Paris climate accord (Utility Dive) 
    President Trump announced the U.S. will exit the Paris climate accord in a speech in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday.
  • Trump changes put U.S. even further from Paris promises (Climatewire - subscription)
    Absent new federal or state policy, the country is on course to reduce greenhouse gas emission between 15 and 19 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. That's much below the 26 to 28 percent commitment the United States made to other countries in Paris at the end of 2015. 
    More from C2ES on emissions
  • The oil play that could flood the natural-gas market (Wall Street Journal)
    The oil-rich Permian Basin is emerging as a major source of new natural gas, a development that could deepen an existing glut and pressure gas prices for years.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • Exelon to close Three Mile Island (Greenwire - subscription)
    The owner of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant said today that, without a lifeline from Pennsylvania, it will close the facility in 2019.
    More from C2ES on nuclear
  • SEPTA approves big solar project (Philadelphia Inquirer)
    Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) board approved the construction of rooftop solar systems on several sprawling maintenance centers in Philadelphia, a 3.1-megawatt project the agency says would be the city’s second largest after the Eagles’ solar installation at Lincoln Financial Field.
    More from C2ES on solar

Week of May 22, 2017

Week of May 15, 2017

  • Virginia Gov. McAuliffe orders carbon pollution rules for power sector (Utility Dive)
    McAuliffe's announcement moves Virginia a step closer toward more closely regulating its power plants, and comes as the federal government is moving in the opposite direction.
  • NY launches methane reduction plan (Public News Service) 
    On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a methane reduction plan consisting of 25 actions to cut emissions from all sources. According to Conor Bambrick, air and energy director at Environmental Advocates of New York, the plan is critical to meeting the state's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.
  • N.Y. ISO study highlights need for more transmission (Energywire - subscription)
    New York will need significant upgrades to its aging and fragile transmission system if it is to meet Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious goal of deriving 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
    More from C2ES on renewable energy
  • U.S. nuclear capacity and generation expected to decline as existing generators retire (Energy Information Administration)
    Nuclear power currently accounts for about 20 percent of electricity generation in the United States, playing an important role in electricity markets. EIA’s 2017 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2017) Reference case assumes that about 25 percent of the nuclear capacity now operating that does not have announced retirement plans will be removed from service by 2050.
  • Westinghouse relinquishes control of Vogtle project (Energywire - subscription)
    Southern Co. will take over for bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Co. to finish its nuclear project in Georgia, according to an agreement struck late Friday night.
  • FirstEnergy nuclear hearings suspended in Ohio House (The Plain Dealer)
    The chairman of the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee has suspended further hearings -- and a vote -- on a proposed bill allowing FirstEnergy to create a special customer charge to subsidize its nuclear power plant fleet.
    More from C2ES on nuclear

Week of May 8, 2017

  • Strong growth expected in U.S. solar and wind capacity (Energy Information Administration)
    In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that utility-scale solar capacity will increase by 48 percent from 21 GW at the end of 2016 to 32 GW at the end of 2018. Additionally, wind capacity is expected to increase by 26 percent from 81 GW at the end of 2016 to 102 GW at the end of 2018.
  • PSC ruling means Maryland could be home to nation's second and third offshore wind farms (Baltimore Sun)
    Maryland waters could be home to some of the nation's first — and by far its largest — offshore wind farms after the state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved ratepayer subsidies for two projects.
  • NRG review said to include potential sale of all renewables (Bloomberg) 
    A committee of NRG Energy Inc. board members is considering a recommendation to sell the company’s entire renewable energy business as the U.S. power generator faces pressure from billionaire investor Paul Singer to cut costs, people familiar with the situation said.
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  • Power company Calpine explores sale (Wall Street Journal)
    Calpine Corp., a big U.S. power generator that has been hit by sluggish demand and weak pricing, is exploring a sale. Founded in 1984, Calpine owns and operates mainly natural-gas-fired power plants. As of the end of last year, its retail subsidiaries served the equivalent of about 6.5 million residential customers in Texas, California, the northeast and elsewhere.
  • Natural gas has displaced coal in the Northeast’s generation mix over the past 10 years (Energy Information Administration)
    In the nine Northeast states, natural gas nearly doubled its share of the region’s total generation to 41 percent in 2016, up from 23 percent in 2006. Coal-fired generation fell from 31 percent to 11 percent of generation over the same period.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • Trump to nominate Powelson, Chatterjee to FERC (Utility Dive)
    President Trump will nominate Robert Powelson, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Service Commission, and Neil Chatterjee, a longtime aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
    More from C2ES on electricity

Week of May 1, 2017

  • The carbon consensus: Generators, analysts back CO2 price at FERC technical conference (Utility Dive)
    Putting a price on carbon was just about the only common ground power sector stakeholders could find in two days of discussion on wholesale market reforms.
    More from C2ES on market mechanisms
  • 'Revolutions' could eliminate auto emissions — report (Climatewire - subscription)
    A new report from researchers at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the University of California, Davis finds that layering the three vehicle technologies — autonomous, electric and shared — on top of one another could cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 worldwide from a business-as-usual scenario.
    More from C2ES on transportation
  • Energy Transfer announces that the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, and Comanche Trail Pipeline are in service (Energy Transfer)
    Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. announced that two pipelines in West Texas [delivering natural gas to the border for electricity generation in Mexico], the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and the Comanche Trail Pipeline, are now in service. The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is designed to transport 1.4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), and the Comanche Trail Pipeline is designed to transport 1.1 Bcf/day. [In 2016, the United States consumed an average of 75 Bcf/d of natural gas.]
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • Southern Seeks $3.7 Billion From Toshiba for Georgia Nuclear Plant (Wall Street Journal)
    The chief executive of Southern Co. said the utility will need $3.7 billion and cooperation from Toshiba Corp. to complete a nuclear power plant in Georgia that was being built by bankrupt Toshiba unit Westinghouse Electric Co.
    More from C2ES on nuclear
  • Arizona's SRP to join Western Energy Imbalance Market (Utility Dive)
    Phoenix-based Salt River Project (SRP) last week announced it would be joining the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) beginning in April 2020. The growth of the Western EIM is saving utilities money, while also helping to avoid curtailing renewable energy by automatically finding the lowest-cost energy to serve real-time consumer demands.
    More from C2ES on electricity

Week of April 24, 2017

  • India's coal plants are being shelved at a rapid pace (Climatewire - subscription)
    [In late 2016,] the Indian government concluded it would not require any new coal plants [beyond those already under construction] for at least a decade. About 50 GW of planned coal capacity has either been shelved or left inactive, and the country has targeted a 275-GW renewable energy share for 2027 instead.
  • Slowing global growth helps explain demise of U.S. coal (Energywire - subscription)
    As China leaves the most energy-intensive stage of its economic development, U.S. miners face an international market with lower demand and weaker prices, said the report by Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.
  • Duke stays course on CO2 cuts despite Trump policies (Greenwire - subscription)
    Duke Energy Corp. plans to keep reducing coal power despite the dramatic energy changes being pushed by the Trump administration, the utility said in a sustainability report.
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  • Rising wind power growth to be led by China over next five years (Reuters)
    Cumulative wind energy capacity was 487 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2016, a 12.6 percent rise from the year before and should grow by almost 65 percent to 800 GW by the end of 2021, the Global Wind Energy Council said in its annual report on the industry.
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  • California oversupply volumes grow, ISO curtails more renewables (Platts)
    The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is curtailing growing amounts of renewable generation; the ISO curtailed about 60,000 MWh in February and about 80,000 MWh in March, up from about 21,000 MWh and 47,000 MWh a year earlier.  
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Week of April 17, 2017

  • 2015 net U.S. greenhouse gases are 11.5 percent below 2005 levels (Environmental Protection Agency)
    U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., sources minus sinks) decreased from 2014 to 2015 by 2.5 percent to 5,828 million metric tons. This decrease was largely driven by a decrease in emissions from fossil fuel combustion, which was a result of multiple factors including substitution from coal to natural gas consumption in the electric power sector; warmer winter conditions that reduced demand for heating fuel in the residential and commercial sectors; and a slight decrease in electricity demand. [The United States has now achieved 44 percent of its Paris Agreement NDC.]
    More from C2ES on emissions
  • AWEA: Midwest, Great Plains and Texas lead wind energy investment (Utility Dive)
    In the last five years, wind power delivered 30 percent of all new capacity installed in the United States and is now the leading renewable resource [by capacity], according to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report.
    More from C2ES on wind
  • First battery-natural gas power plant unveiled in California (Bloomberg)
    Edison International’s utility unit said it has completed the first-of-its kind battery storage and natural gas power systems in Southern California that will help the region backstop increasing amounts of renewable energy and cope with potential shortages after a historic gas leak.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • FERC chair outlines three paths for power market reforms ahead of technical conference (Utility Dive)
    The acting chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission laid out her vision for an upcoming technical conference on generation subsidies, telling an audience of sector insiders she hopes for a negotiated solution to the issues plaguing wholesale power markets in the U.S.
    More from C2ES on electricity
  • Saudis target 30 solar, wind projects in $50 billion pledge (Bloomberg)
    Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption. The world’s biggest exporter of crude oil will produce 10 percent of its power from renewables by 2023, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said Monday at a conference in Riyadh. It also plans to generate an unspecified amount of electricity from nuclear plants.
    More from C2ES on energy

Week of April 10, 2017

  • U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell 1.7 percent in 2016 (Energy Information Administration)
    U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2016 totaled 5,170 million metric tons, 1.7 percent below their 2015 levels, after dropping 2.7 percent between 2014 and 2015. These recent decreases are consistent with a decade-long trend, with energy-related CO2 emissions 14 percent below the 2005 level in 2016.
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  • U.S. crude oil imports increased in 2016 (Energy Information Administration)
    Gross U.S. crude oil imports in 2016 rose to an average of 7.9 million barrels per day (b/d), 514,000 b/d more than the 2015 average. From a longer-term perspective, gross crude oil imports in 2016 were still 22 percent lower than their 2005 high of 10.1 million b/d. Canada continued to be the largest source of U.S. crude oil imports in 2016, providing a record 3.3 million b/d, or 41 percent of total U.S. imports—more than all Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) combined.
    More from C2ES on oil
  • How carbon capture could become a rare bright spot on climate policy in the Trump era (Vox)
    The idea of capturing carbon dioxide from coal plants, gas plants, and other industrial facilities and burying the pollution deep underground has always been a tantalizing possibility for tackling climate change. It just... never seems to go anywhere.
    More from C2ES on carbon capture, use, and storage
  • Does N.J.'s nuclear power industry need a bailout? (
    The natural gas boom that has hammered coal mines and driven down utility bills is hitting nuclear power plants, sending multi-billion-dollar energy companies in search of a financial rescue in states where competitive electricity markets have compounded the effect.
    More from C2ES on nuclear

Week of April 3, 2017

  • U.S. energy consumption rose slightly in 2016 despite a significant decline in coal use (Energy Information Administration)
    Primary energy consumption in the United States in 2016 totaled 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), a slight increase from the 2015 level. Consumption of coal decreased by 9 percent, nearly offsetting increases in the consumption of renewables, petroleum, natural gas, and nuclear fuel.
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  • Coal production increases during second half of 2016, but still below 2015 levels (Energy Information Administration)
    After falling in six out of seven quarters from mid-2014 to mid-2016, coal production rose in the third and fourth quarters of 2016, driven by an increase in coal-fired electricity generation as natural gas prices increased.
  • Coal plants near retirement age as EPA reviews emissions rules (Morning Consult)
    Many states are retiring coal plants, regardless of the ultimate fate of the Clean Power Plan. In 17 of the 26 states suing, the median-aged coal-fired generator is at least 40 years old, according the Energy Information Administration.
    More from C2ES on coal
  • How can the Northeast expand capacity with so little land? (Energywire - subscription)
    With the Trump Administration rolling back environmental regulations, the task of developing renewable energy projects has fallen to states. While many reports have focused on California, a new paper highlights how states in the Northeast can boost their renewable generation capacity.
    More from C2ES on Canadian Hydropower
  • Ohio lawmakers taking up nuclear plant subsidies for FirstEnergy (Biz Journals)
    Ohio lawmakers will consider a bill to provide subsidies to FirstEnergy Corp. to keep its two nuclear power plants operating in Ohio. Senate Bill 128 would establish zero-emission credits to subsidize the plants in the name of maintaining a mix of power sources in Ohio and supporting generation with cleaner emissions than coal.
  • Nuke firm eyes site near WIPP for temporary waste storage (Santa Fe New Mexican)
    All radioactive waste generated by the nation’s nuclear power plants could be shipped to southeastern New Mexico as soon as 2022 and stored for decades just below ground, on the dry plains near Carlsbad, if a federal agency gives its approval.
    More from C2ES on nuclear


Week of March 27, 2017

Week of March 20, 2017

  • Trump administration grants approval for Keystone XL pipeline (Washington Post)
    The Trump administration has granted a permit for construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to the company behind the project.
    More from C2ES on Keystone XL
  • Electric cars pose little threat to oil demand (Financial Times)
    The popular claim that a surge in electric cars will hasten the arrival of peak oil demand is undermined by the data. The majority of the world’s cars will remain powered by petrol, also commonly known as gasoline, for at least the next two decades and this will drive oil demand, according to data from Facts Global Energy. With the number of passenger vehicles expected to grow to 1.8bn by 2040, the energy consultancy estimates only 10 percent will be accounted for by electric cars and a further 20 percent by hybrids.
  • Despite gloomy headlines, Alberta oil sands output expected to set records in 2017 (The Globe and Mail)
    The sell-off of Alberta oil sands assets by another big international player – along with big reserve writedowns, the introduction of a carbon tax and a stumbling crude price – all suggest a gloomy outlook for production from the world’s third-largest proven oil reserves. But Canada’s oil sands output is still expected to set new records in 2017 and climb even further in the coming years.
  • U.S. gasoline demand poised for steep drop-off (Energywire - subscription)
    U.S. gasoline demand is poised to steadily fall by more than 1.7 million barrels a day by 2030 argues Andrew Shepard, an oil and refining analyst at Wood Mackenzie. He cited stricter fuel economy standards, which the federal government may overturn, and demographic changes driving the demand drop.
  • More from C2ES on oil
  • Is 100% renewable energy the best goal to cut power sector emissions? (Utility Dive)
    A new research review, commissioned by the Energy Innovation Reform Project (EIRP), examines the best route to “deep decarbonization” of the power sector — nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century. It argues 100 percent renewables is not the best way to get there. It says keeping some nuclear and CCS on the system could be more cost-effective.
    More from C2ES on renewables
  • Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016 (BBC)
    The authors of a new study say there was a 48 percent fall in planned coal units, with a 62 percent drop in construction starts. The report, from several green campaign groups, claims changing policies and economic conditions in China and India were behind the decline.
    More from C2ES on coal

Week of March 13, 2017

Week of March 6, 2017

  • Wind power blows through nuclear, coal as costs drop at sea (Bloomberg)
    Water and electric power plants don’t mix well naturally, unless you add some wind. Water tends to corrode and short out circuits. So what’s happening in the renewable energy industry, where developers are putting jumbo-jet sized wind turbines into stormy seas, is at the very least an engineering miracle. What might be even more miraculous to skeptics like those populating Donald Trump’s administration is that these multi-billion-dollar mega projects make increasing economic sense, even compared to new coal and nuclear power.
  • U.S. wind generating capacity surpasses hydro capacity at the end of 2016 (Energy Information Administration)
    Installed wind electric generating capacity in the United States surpassed conventional hydroelectric generating capacity, long the nation’s largest source of renewable electricity, after 8,727 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity came online in 2016. However, given the hydro fleet’s higher average capacity factors and the above-normal precipitation on the West Coast so far this year, hydro generation will likely once again exceed wind generation in 2017.
  • Midwestern states now get a fifth of their power from wind (Climatewire - subscription)
    Five Midwestern states - Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota - are now producing more than 20 percent of their electricity from wind energy, helping to boost wind's share of U.S. grid-delivered power to 5.5 percent, according to a new industry analysis of government data.
    More from C2ES on wind
  • Analysis: UK carbon emissions fell 6% in 2016 after record drop in coal use (Carbon Brief)
    Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 emissions fell by 5.8 percent in 2016, after a record 52 percent drop in coal use. UK coal demand has fallen precipitously because of cheaper gas, the expansion of renewables, falling demand for energy and the closure of Redcar steelworks in late 2015. Perhaps the most consequential factor, however, is the UK’s top-up carbon tax, which doubled in 2015 to £18 per tonne of CO2. The future of the carbon price floor is uncertain; it has only been fixed out to 2021. 
    More from C2ES on coal
  • GTM Research: U.S. solar market to decline 10% in 2017 (PV Magazine) 
    While 2016 was a banner year for the U.S. solar market, 2017 will see the market’s first year-over-year decline in the 21st century, according to the latest report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
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  • Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems (Economist)
    Almost 150 years after photovoltaic cells and wind turbines were invented, they still generate only 7 percent of the world’s electricity. Yet something remarkable is happening. From being peripheral to the energy system just over a decade ago, they are now growing faster than any other energy source and their falling costs are making them competitive with fossil fuels. BP, an oil firm, expects renewables to account for half of the growth in global energy supply over the next 20 years. It is no longer far-fetched to think that the world is entering an era of clean, unlimited and cheap power. About time, too.
    More from C2ES on electricity

Week of February 27, 2017

  • China's GHGs still steady as coal consumption drops (Climatewire - subscription)
    China kept its carbon dioxide emissions in check for a third consecutive year, according to data released by the government. Experts who analyzed the National Bureau of Statistics' findings credited China's massive deployment of clean energy combined with a 4.7 percent drop in coal consumption in 2016 with keeping CO2 levels steady.
    More from C2ES on Key Country Policies
  • NRG CEO: Independent power producer model 'obsolete' (Utility Dive)
    NRG Energy lost almost $900 million last year, the result of lower power and gas prices along with a hefty "goodwill impairment charge." But despite the loss, the big news from the power producer's earnings came from a comment made to journalists and financial analysts: Mauricio Gutierrez, NRG President and CEO, said the independent power producer model is "now obsolete and unable to create value over the long term."
  • U.S. electric generating capacity increase in 2016 was largest net change since 2011 (Energy Information Administration)
    Of the 2016 total utility-scale capacity additions, more than 60 percent were wind (8.7 GW) and solar (7.7 GW), compared with 33 percent (9 GW) from natural gas.
    More from C2ES on electricity
  • Shell shuns new oil-sands projects as low prices force cost control (Bloomberg)
    Oil sands, the reserves of heavy crude found primarily in northern Alberta, lured investors in the past decade as oil’s surge above $100 a barrel made the difficult extraction process economic. But they’ve fallen out of favor following the subsequent market collapse as companies dump expensive projects amid fears that competition from low-cost crude could strand costlier assets.
  • Peak gasoline demand looms with engine efficiency gains (Reuters)
    Demand for gasoline in the United States, which accounts for a tenth of global oil consumption, is expected to peak next year as engines become more efficient, WoodMackenzie analysts said. Global demand for gasoline, which accounts for more than a quarter of the world's oil consumption, is set to peak as early as 2021 even in the face of relentless growth in the vehicle fleet, according to the Edinburgh-based consultancy.
    More from C2ES on oil

Week of February 20, 2017

  • Automakers urge new EPA chief to withdraw Obama car fuel-efficiency rules (Reuters)
    A trade association representing General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and nine other automakers asked new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to withdraw an Obama administration decision to lock in vehicle emission rules through 2025.
    More from C2ES on transportation
  • FirstEnergy seeks subsidies in Ohio, eyes sale of plants (Energywire - subscription)
    FirstEnergy Corp. said legislation will soon be introduced in its home state that would subsidize its two nuclear plants on Lake Erie.
    More from C2ES on nuclear
  • Liquefied natural gas exports expected to drive growth in U.S. natural gas trade (Energy Information Administration)
    The United States is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas on an average annual basis by 2018, according to the recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017) Reference case. The transition to net exporter is driven by declining pipeline imports, growing pipeline exports, and increasing exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In most AEO2017 cases, the United States is also projected to become a net exporter of total energy in the 2020s in large part because of increasing natural gas exports.
  • Peak LNG glut is just 2 years away — Moody's (Energywire - subscription)
    An ongoing build-out of world capacity to liquefy natural gas will cost more than $1 trillion and will bring a growing surplus of LNG that will peak in 2019 before fading out in the early 2020s, according to a new analysis by Moody's Investors Service.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • Tesla plugs big batteries into PG&E’s electric grid (San Francisco Chronicle)
    Big battery packs can take the place of peaker plants, small fossil-fuel power plants that may only run for a few hours a day. The Browns Valley project may also help PG&E avoid upgrading that substation to handle rising electricity demand in the area.
    More from C2ES on electric energy storage

Week of February 13, 2017

Week of February 6, 2017

  • Solar keeps up torrid pace as job creator (Energywire – subscription)
    Solar industry job creation grew by 24.5 percent from November 2015 to November 2016, according to the National Solar Jobs Census, an annual report released today by a nonprofit called the Solar Foundation. That follows on almost 20 percent growth in 2015, about 22 percent in 2014 and almost 20 percent in 2013.
    More from C2ES on solar
  • Oklahoma Gov. Fallin proposes wind tax, accelerated phase-out of state tax credit (Utility Dive)
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) released a proposed executive budget this week that included a $0.005/kWh tax on wind generation and called for the early phase-out of incentives she says are no longer necessary.
  • Offshore wind moves into energy’s mainstream (New York Times)
    It is precisely the size, both of the projects and the profits they can bring, that has grabbed the attention of financial institutions, money managers and private equity funds, like the investment bank Goldman Sachs, as well as wealthy individuals like the owner of the Danish toymaker Lego. As offshore wind technology has improved and demand for renewable energy has risen, costs have fallen.
    More from C2ES on wind

Week of January 30, 2017

  • Natural gas-fired generating capacity likely to increase over next two years (Energy Information Administration) 
    The U.S. electricity industry is planning to increase natural gas-fired generating capacity by 11.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2017 and 25.4 GW in 2018, based on information reported to EIA. On a combined basis, these 2017–18 additions would increase natural gas capacity by 8 percent from the capacity existing at the end of 2016.
    More from C2ES on natural gas
  • European coal dependence not as high as assumed, in continual decline, reports EIU (Clean Technica)
    A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has concluded that Europe’s coal consumption has been in long-term decline, and the region’s reliance on it is not as uniformly high as many assume. The report shows that coal generation across Europe has fallen consistently since 2013, falling more than 10 percent and negating the modest increase in coal generation that was seen at the beginning of this decade. As a result, coal’s share of power generation in Europe has fallen below 25 percent. 
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  • Duke, Schneider pair up to build two microgrids in Maryland (Utility Dive)
    Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables have signed an agreement to deploy two advanced microgrids to serve the Montgomery County, MD, Public Safety Headquarters and Correctional Facility.
  • D.C. forges ahead with modernization effort (Energywire – subscription)
    The nation's capital, which is home to 650,000 residents, is taking key steps to modernize its electric grid and gas distribution system. The D.C. Public Service Commission has been the driving force behind this push for modernization.
    More from C2ES on electricity
  • 5. World's largest energy storage project opening in San Diego (Greenwire - subscription)
    The largest battery storage project in the world will open in days in San Diego County, part of a surge of Southern California energy storage projects coming online.
    More from C2ES on electrical energy storage

Week of January 23, 2017

  • Trump revives Keystone Pipeline rejected by Obama (New York Times)
    President Trump moved assertively on Tuesday to further dismantle his predecessor’s policies as he revived the Keystone XL pipeline that stirred years of debate over the balance between the nation’s energy needs and efforts to stem climate change.  
    More from C2ES on Keystone XL Pipeline
  • Canadian drillers brave deep freeze as oil patch revives (Bloomberg)
    From the tight-oil plays of Saskatchewan to the oil sands of northern Alberta, Canada’s energy producers are returning to growth mode after more than two years enduring the worst market rout in decades. They are leaner and more efficient after cutting staff, shelving projects and reducing costs since the downturn. Cheaper crude doesn’t feel so painful any longer.
  • Global crude oil balances expected to tighten through 2018 (Energy Information Administration)
    Global production and consumption (of crude oil and other liquids) are both projected to increase through 2018, but consumption is expected to increase at a faster rate than production. As a result, global balances are expected to tighten.
  • Efficiency, not EVs, will make biggest dent in oil use — BP (Climatewire – subscription)
    Though more electric vehicles will hit roadways over the coming decades, the global oil industry will see a bigger impact from cars and trucks that go farther with less fuel, cutting oil demand growth by 16 million barrels per day over the next 20 years, according to a forecast by oil major BP PLC.
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  • N.Y. utility gives green light to largest project in U.S. (Energywire - subscription)
    A New York utility approved the largest-ever offshore wind project in America, and officials said it shouldn't add much more than a dollar to customers' monthly bills. The Long Island Power Authority, a public utility that reports to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), gave the green light to a 90-megawatt project off the South Fork of Long Island. The target operation date is Dec. 1, 2022.
    More from C2ES on wind

Week of January 16, 2017

Week of January 9, 2017

  • Renewable generation capacity expected to account for most 2016 capacity additions (Energy Information Administration)
    Once final data are in, EIA expects 24 gigawatts of new generating capacity to be added to the power grid during 2016. For the third consecutive year, more than half of these additions are renewable technologies, especially wind and solar.
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  • Industry milestone: NuScale asks NRC to approve small reactor (Greenwire - Subscription)
    NuScale Power LLC has become the first U.S. company to apply for federal approval of a small modular reactor design, a technology embraced by boosters of nuclear power as a way forward for their industry and a carbon-free replacement for coal-fired plants.
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  • Natural gas prices in 2016 were the lowest in nearly 20 years (Energy Information Administration)
    Natural gas spot prices in 2016 averaged $2.49 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) at the national benchmark Henry Hub, the lowest annual average price since 1999. The monthly average price fell below $2.00/MMBtu from February through May, but later increased, ending the year at an average of $3.58/MMBtu in December. Warmer-than-normal temperatures for most of the year and changing natural gas demand were the main drivers of natural gas prices in 2016.
  • Shell ethane-cracker plant moves forward with local approval (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
    Potter Township, Pennsylvania moved a step closer to approving Shell Chemical Co.’s multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex along the Ohio River in Beaver County after an impassioned and disruptive hearing.
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  • World’s biggest carbon capture project in service on schedule (Financial Times)
    The world’s largest project capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power generation has come into service in the U.S. on time and on budget, pointing the way towards a potentially viable future for the technology as a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
    More from C2ES on carbon capture
  • Coal production declines in 2016, with average coal prices below their 2015 level (Energy Information Administration)
    U.S. coal production in 2016 is expected to total 743 million short tons, 17 percent lower than in 2015, and the lowest level since 1978. Falling production in 2016 continues an eight-year decline from peak production in 2008.
    More from C2ES on coal

Week of January 2, 2017