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Bill introduced to establish a federal clean energy standard

Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine Summary Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced legislation May 8 that aims to establish a federal clean energy standard (CES) that would put the U.S. on a path to net-zero electricity emissions. Several forms of bioenergy meet the...

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Michigan Lawmakers Propose Microgrid Bill to Boost Resilience

Andy Balaskovitz, Energy News Network Summary The legislation would prohibit standby fees but allows an “equitable” cost of service charge by utilities. State Rep. Steven Johnson, a western Michigan Republican in his second term, says his first priority on energy policy is to “look out for...


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MRC Supports Emory University's Efforts to Install a Grid-Connected Microgrid

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, MRC Board members Edward (Ted) Borer of Princeton University and Joan Kowal of Emory University submitted testimony to the Georgia Public Service Commission in support of Emory's efforts to partner with Georgia Power to implement a microgrid that will enhance Emory's...

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A closer look at Washington's superb new 100% clean energy electricity bill

David Roberts, Vox Summary The trend of states targeting 100 percent clean electricity has gone viral. Last month, New Mexico targeted 100 percent clean by 2045. The Maryland legislature recently passed a bill targeting 50 percent renewable by 2030 and looking into the viability...

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Bahrain completes draft of district cooling regulations

Thomson Reuters Projects News, ZAWYA Summary Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning (MWMU) has completed the draft of district cooling regulations with the aim to increase adoption of district cooling in the country. The Central Planning Office (CPO), a unit...

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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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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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Maine lawmakers try again to get the state's microgrid law right

Bill Opalka, Energy News Network Summary Amid complaints that the state’s current law is unworkable, legislators revive a vetoed bill under a new governor. Maine lawmakers are trying again after a veto last year to fix a microgrid law that critics say make the projects unworkable in the...


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As 100% renewables mandate nears, Puerto Rico sees new microgrid initiative, resilience focus

Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary When considering the future energy mix of Puerto Rico, worsening hurricane seasons and high levels of poverty in the territory are top of mind for energy experts. Distributed generation is critical to boosting energy resilience on the island, participants...


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Combined Heat and Power: A Sleeping Giant May Be Waking

Kennedy Maize, Power Engineering Summary One of the oldest energy efficiency ideas—combined heat and power—is prospering in the U.S. and looks promising elsewhere as the world searches for low-cost energy by increasing efficiency while lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Last November,...