energy-issues

WINDMILLS

Here’s where renewable power is increasing nationwide — and where it’s not

BY: - March 30, 2023

In 2022, wind provided a little more than 10% of U.S. electricity, while solar supplied 3.4%.

Winter storm Uri brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas, including Fort Worth, shown here on Feb. 16. Storms swept across 26 states, bringing a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images).

After a series of winter storms, regulators approve new standards for power plants

BY: - February 26, 2023

Extreme cold weather, like the temperatures seen during Uri and Elliott, can knock out power plants that haven’t been adequately winterized.

GOP lawmaker plans to introduce bill to ‘eliminate’ RGGI regulation

BY: - February 22, 2023

In November, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court heard oral arguments in two “separate but related” cases regarding RGGI and its constitutionality. The appellate court has yet to issue a ruling in those cases. 

A no trespassing sign is posted in front of a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) electrical substation on Jan. 26, 2022 in Petaluma, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Facing attacks, feds and states grapple with protecting the grid

BY: - February 17, 2023

'These events correspond with an increase in extremism in our country,' Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Willie Phillips said.

COMMENTARY

Big Oil’s allies spend big money on ads and lobbying to keep fossil fuels flowing | Analysis

BY: - February 14, 2023

The industry's trade group allies outspent clean energy groups by a whopping 27X to get their message across.

Wind turbines in Schlewswig, Iowa. MISO, which manages the flow of electricity in all or part of 15 U.S. states, was able to export power to its southern neighbors in part because its wind turbines produced enough energy during the storm (Photo by Christopher A. Jones/Getty Images).

How did renewables fare during Winter Storm Elliott? | Analysis

BY: - January 31, 2023

'If you're going to call yourself reliable ... you better be able to turn on and produce electricity when you’re called on,' an expert said.

Shapiro’s environmental agenda raises hopes — but also questions

BY: - January 24, 2023

Advocates want Shapiro to 'to lead where his predecessors have failed' on environmental issues.

Affordable, reliable and sustainable: Report compares utility performance 

BY: - January 21, 2023

The report is a 'conversation-starter, not a conversation-ender ... Our hope is that every state will improve,' an advocate said.

Pa. House bill would hit electric, plug-in hybrid drivers with mileage fees | Thursday Coffee

BY: - January 5, 2023

A usage fee for electric and plug-in hybrid drivers is 'fair, reliable, and better equips our transportation agencies to plan for road maintenance,' Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Huntingdon, said.

N.J. implements new rules targeting power plants

BY: - January 4, 2023

The rules require new power plants to keep their hourly carbon dioxide emissions below 860 megawatts per hour, ban the sale of certain fuel oil, and limit applications of fossil fuel generating units.

As another winter storm strains the electric grid, it’s time to fix transmission, experts say

BY: - January 4, 2023

'Supply and demand for electricity have to exactly balance in real time,” industry analyst Michael Goggin said.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week called for a review of the physical security of the utility’s power systems. The order comes after attacks on substations in North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Washington state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After N.C. substation shooting, federal regulator orders review of security standards

BY: - December 21, 2022

The review comes amid heightened threats to the nation's electrical infrastructure.