RENEWABLES: Arizona Public Service Co. announces plans to produce all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 and will close a New Mexico coal plant seven years ahead of schedule. (Arizona Republic)
• The Spokane Nation in Washington state is set to become a “model for nation-building in the energy sector” through its 100% tribally owned Sovereign Power energy company. (Nonprofit Quarterly)
• Sacramento Municipal Utility District proposes almost 2.9 GW of new renewable energy capacity to support its goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. (Renewables Now)
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• Power plants will be increasingly vulnerable to extreme heat, water shortages, flooding, and hurricanes, according to a new Moody’s report. (Utility Dive)
• An effort to repeal Ohio’s bailout for nuclear and coal plants is dead after organizers drop their court appeals. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
OVERSIGHT: North Carolina’s Democratic governor has reshaped the state’s utility commission in advance of several key decisions. (Energy News Network)
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POWER PLANTS: An effort to repeal Ohio’s bailout for nuclear and coal plants is dead after organizers drop their court appeals. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
ALSO: Midwest utilities are vulnerable to extreme heat and flooding, according to a Moody’s report that cites plants owned by Ameren and AES, as well as Xcel Energy plants in the Southwest. (Utility Dive, Star Tribune)
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• Critics say a ruling by federal regulators could price many renewables out of the PJM capacity market while driving up prices for consumers. (Energy News Network)
• PJM says the ruling “may have paradoxically unintended consequences over time and may result in less economic efficiency.” (Utility Dive)
• A bill meant to stall coal plant retirements and the shift to gas and renewables in Indiana moves out of committee to the House floor.
GRID: Clean energy advocates says a recent FERC ruling could price renewables out of PJM’s capacity markets and provide an advantage to fossil-fuel generation. (Energy News Network)
• New Jersey regulators file a brief saying the FERC decision will make it harder for the state to achieve its climate goals. (NJ Spotlight)
• The Hershey Co. says uncertainty caused by the changes has stalled its efforts to acquire renewable energy credits for its operations. (E&E News, subscription required)
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OVERSIGHT: The North Carolina Utilities Commission is finally at full strength — with almost all seats appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper — and is expected to rule this year on orders related to electric vehicles and rate hikes. (Energy News Network)
OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he is willing to do “anything” to help the state’s struggling oil and natural gas industry. (WVPB)
• A Kinder Morgan executive says the company is cautiously expanding its operations in Texas and Mexico. (S&P Global)
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PIPELINES: A small Texas water district joins a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline amid protests across the state.