Energy News for week ending April 9, 2021

RI Climate Bill | Jump Ball | Reckoning

Happy Friday folks.

Here are a few interesting stories from this week.

Rhode Island lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill, MassLive. Governor McKee says he’ll sign but as of the writing of this email he hadn’t yet done so.

For those of you who like detailed, wonky market stories there is news about a jump ball filing, NEPOOL pitches ISO-NE capacity market reforms aimed at boosting offshore wind, S&P Global Market Intelligence.

And on a subject that is likely to be important energy news going forward – transmission infrastructure – we have this from Politico Down to the wire: Biden’s green goals face a power grid reckoning.

That’s the recap. Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

Climate Change

Biden’s Jobs Plan Is Also a Climate Plan. Will It Make a Difference?, New Yorker

Demand for climate grants outpaces funds, Salem News

Why the World Awaits Biden’s Pledge on Climate Change, Bloomberg Green

After passing a landmark climate law, Mass. officials now face the hard part: how to wean the state off fossil fuels, Boston Globe

CO2, methane emissions surged 2020 despite pandemic: NOAA, The Hill

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

For hydrogen to dominate the low-carbon world, batteries must fail, Renew Economy

Mass. Revokes Air Permit For Controversial Biomass Facility In Springfield, WBUR

Local governments set record for new renewable energy procurement in 2020, groups report, Utility Dive

How cities and counties can grow their clean energy profiles, Canary Media

Wind

NEPOOL pitches ISO-NE capacity market reforms aimed at boosting offshore wind, S&P Global Market Intelligence

US government agencies boosting offshore wind with financing, loan support, S&P Global Platts

Solar

The Subprime Solar Trap for Low-Income Homeowners, Bloomberg Green

Tesla continues beta-testing on live homeowners, moves to fifth version of integrated solar roof, Canary Media

Sen. Ed Markey tours Holyoke’s Mount Tom solar farm, battery facility; city preps new battery storage downtown, MassLive

Efficiency/Storage

DOE begins ‘repairing damage’ done by Trump to energy efficiency program, say advocates, Utility Dive

State of the Electric Utility 2021: Despite sharp drop, cost remains key obstacle to more storage, some say, Utility Dive

New York regulators have ‘effectively accelerated’ the state’s storage market, report finds, Utility Dive

EVs

Tesla praises, ConEd opposes different New York EV bills, Utility Dive

The Next Electric-Car Battery Champion Could Be European, Bloomberg Green

Buffett-Backed BYD’s Profit Surges 162% on Electric-Car Boom, Bloomberg Green

Volkswagen’s rebranding hoax could undermine marketer’s EV ambitions, Marketing Dive

Biden’s plan to rev up the electric car market is complicated by battery supplies, Washington Post

EV charging setup would cost Schneider, NFI more than 10 times annual fuel savings: study, Utility Dive

States, utilities must ensure equitable investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, new report warns, Utility Dive

Nuclear

‘Not bonkers’: Hydrogen could give US nuclear plants new lease on life, S&P Global

How Bill Gates’ company TerraPower is building next-generation nuclear power, CNBC

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

Gas industry says new rules not needed, Eagle Tribune

Massachusetts politicians push to shutter Weymouth gas compressor station after third unplanned release of gas, Boston Globe

Weymouth Compressor Reports Another ‘Unplanned’ Gas Release. Third Time In 8 Months, WBUR

As Texas Freeze Gas Bills Come Due, Cue Up the Lawsuits, Wall St. Journal

Sen. Markey reintroduces legislation to block infrastructure for exporting natural gas, Patriot Ledger

Granholm: American Jobs Plan will prioritize communities struggling with loss of coal, oil and gas jobs, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

New England power grid operator shelling out millions on salaries, Boston Herald

Down to the wire: Biden’s green goals face a power grid reckoning, Politico

Lawmakers in 20 States Introduce 69 Microgrid Bills, Microgrid Knowledge

NYPA officials detail work to be done during Northern New York Priority Transmission Project, NNY 360

State of the Electric Utility 2021: Gas doubts rise, DER focus wanes, and 5 other key takeaways, Utility Dive

Biden’s Grid Proposal May Be a Square Peg in a Round Hole, Wall St. Journal

State of the Electric Utility 2021: Utilities’ cybersecurity approach shows cause for concern, experts say, Utility Dive

Opinion

Why Are Oil Majors Investing In Offshore Wind,? Forbes.com

Municipal Light Plant elections loom large, CommonWealth Magazine

Plenty of low-hanging fruit: How FERC can catalyze transmission infrastructure, Utility Dive

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