The issues that caused some Japanese utilities to restrict further grid connections for solar plants last year is expected to be resolved. The government is expected to release targets that would establish how much renewable energy will be permitted this year, and that announcement could come very soon.
Chile has slipped from its perch at the top of power market rankings for Latin American countries, replaced by Mexico. The displacement seems unlikely to do Chile any harm, but it is an interesting highlight for the many changes taking place in Mexico's energy sector.
PPL Corporation and Riverstone Holdings LLC affiliate RJS Power Holdings LLC have filed a joint response with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepting additional market power mitigation measures required for FERC approval of the previously announced spinoff of PPL Energy Supply and its combination with competitive generation assets owned by RJS Power Holdings. The combination is expected to establish a new independent power producer called Talen Energy.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released the draft 2017-2022 program for new oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), offering 10 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast of Alaska, and, for the first time, one off the coasts of Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean.
EPA is asking small businesses, governments and not-for-profits to take part in the plan's development and to provide feedback. Specifically, the panel will focus on fossil fuel-fired power plants that operate in states that have not created their own greenhouse emission plans.
Achieving the President's goal would mean harnessing enough gas that would otherwise be wasted or lost to heat more than 2 million homes for a year, according to BLM.
At its rate of coal ash removal during the last six months of 2014, Santee Cooper will finish removing the ash from the lagoons in 2019, four years ahead of schedule, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center, who was responsible for bringing actions against Santee Cooper seeking removal of the coal ash on behalf of the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
Demand response has proven itself to be a cost-effective way to manage energy elsewhere. For example, PJM Interconnection, the power grid in thirteen states surrounding Pennsylvania, launched a demand response program which is projected to pay participants more than $300 million in 2014-2015-- in addition to $1.2 billion they have already received in savings.
To ring in the New Year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a 745-page prepublication version of its final rule governing the landfill and surface impoundment management of coal combustion residuals (CCR) from coal-fired power plants. The rule is to become effect six months from the date of its publication in the Federal Register.
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has been attracting attention in the past few months. But it is probably attention commissioners would rather not have. A Florida Senate bill has been introduced to limit the perceived influence utilities have on commission decisions, along with other commission-related provisions.