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Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo is the Capital-Star's Energy Transition Reporter. He is the former editor of our sibling site, the Virginia Mercury. Readers may follow him on Twitter @rczullo.

Utility companies are spending billions building out transmission and distribution lines around the country, leading some to call for an independent monitor to protect customers. Photo by Robert Zullo.

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring  

By: - November 20, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country.  In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, […]

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

By: - November 8, 2022

By Robert Zullo For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched […]

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends

By: - November 7, 2022

'To save money and avoid liability, coal plant owners ignore critical requirements and employ common tricks to avoid mandatory cleanup requirements,' the report's authors wrote

States, including Pa.,  are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

By: - October 24, 2022

'The hubs are trying to focus on areas where you have resources to produce it, resources to use it and resources to balance that supply and demand,' said Jeffery Preece, director of research and development at the Electric Power Research Institute.

Report: Many utilities are slow-walking clean energy goals

By: - October 6, 2022

Overall, 56 percent of the utilities examined improved their scores, 9 percent made no progress and 35 percent got worse grades.

For offshore wind aspirations to become reality, transmission hurdles must be cleared

By: - October 5, 2022

Right now, there aren’t many incentives for developers to share interconnection and transmission infrastructure, one expert said.

Amid a massive American clean energy shift, grid operators play catch-up

By: - September 22, 2022

A backlog of wind and solar projects are languishing in interconnection queues.