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At Austin Energy's New Rainey Street Substation, 'Modern' Is the Look

James Rambin, TOWERS Summary The community engagement process for the design of a new downtown electrical substation at 55 East Avenue on the edge of the Rainey Street District has reached a conclusion — of the three themes put to a vote a couple of months ago, Austin Energy ...


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Cities Are Making Big Climate Promises. Keeping Them Can Be Tough

Molly Samuel, NPR Summary Two years ago, Atlanta was widely lauded when it committed to have all homes, businesses and city operations rely largely on renewable energy in coming decades. It was part of a wave of cities responding to more intense flooding, heat and storms, and setting ambitious...


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Montana judge rules PSC intentionally set PURPA rates to kill solar projects

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive Summary A Montana district court judge last week issued an order in favor of solar developers, ruling that the state's Public Service Commission intentionally disadvantaged small solar projects in violation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)...


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Eversource advances Cape Cod battery project, defers 13-mile distribution line

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary Eversource advanced plans to install a 25 MW / 38 MWh lithium-ion battery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, after residents approved a lease for the project last week, the utility announced on Friday. Provincetown, on the northern tip of Cape Cod, has faced...


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PJM files update to energy market price formation rules with FERC

Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary PJM Interconnection filed a proposal on Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to update its energy market price formation rules, due to an impasse among its stakeholders. The grid operator offered reserve pricing rules based on...


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With storm hardening 'a larger focus,' DC approves PEPCO underground distribution lines

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive Summary The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the D.C. Public Service Commission's (DCPSC) 2017 approval of a proposed $500 million Pepco program to operate a number of the utility's power lines and ancillary services underground. ...


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Daily on Energy, presented by GAIN: Green New Deal not a priority as state regulators descend on Washington

John Siciliano & Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner Summary GREEN NEW DEAL NOT A PRIORITY AS STATE REGULATORS DESCEND ON WASHINGTON: State energy regulators descend on Washington this week for a major winter policy conference, and to take up policy resolutions that set their lobbying...


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A PG&E bankruptcy timeline: The road to Chapter 11 and beyond

Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary When Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) raised the specter of bankruptcy earlier this summer, the investor-owned utility expected extensive charges related to liabilities from wildfires in 2017 and earlier, which were still being assessed and challenged...


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New Proposal Aims to Make Legacy FDR Works Project the Flagship Of A Green New Deal

Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post Summary In May 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act establishing the nation’s largest public utility and setting in motion an ambitious New Deal policy to provide electricity and jobs to some of the poorest...


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Southern CEO: Georgia Power to consider resilience in IRP for first time

Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning said on Thursday that its subsidiary, Georgia Power, will introduce concepts of resilience in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This is the first time that any of Southern's subsidiaries will model resilience...