U.S. Energy News

FERC faces flood of rehearing requests over pricing rule

GRID: A new FERC rule aimed at leveling the playing field in PJM capacity auctions has major implications for Ohio, where the change could add to ratepayer costs for the state’s coal and nuclear subsidies. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• PJM is among the parties requesting a rehearing on FERC’s Minimum Offer Price Rule, which critics say would freeze renewable development in the region. (E&E News, subscription)
• FERC’s ruling could increase the average ComEd customer’s bill by about $5 a month, giving new urgency to advocates’ push for a 100% renewable energy bill in Illinois. (Chicago Tribune) 

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Utilities are helping school districts replace diesel buses with electric models to benefit students and the environment. (New York Times)
• Environmental groups call on Michigan lawmakers to revise annual fees on hybrid and electric vehicles that advocates say are unfair. (Energy News Network)
• New York regulators recommend an EV charging plan that would rely on utilities to build out the infrastructure and place it in their annual capital spending plans. (Utility Dive)

WIND:
• New York is making up for lost time in the race to become the center of the U.S. offshore wind industry with new efforts to develop a manufacturing hub. (Greentech Media)
The U.S. will likely spend more money developing offshore wind than offshore oil and gas within five years, according to a study by an energy research firm. (Houston Chronicle)

STORAGE:
California regulators are set to spend half a billion dollars helping vulnerable power customers with behind-the-meter battery incentives. (Greentech Media)
Missouri researchers receive a nearly $1 million federal grant to study the potential for new pumped-storage hydropower. (Rolla Daily News)

COAL:
Wyoming and Montana file a U.S. Supreme Court motion challenging Washington State’s “unconstitutional discrimination against a proposed coal export terminal.” (Wyoming Public Media)
• Institutional investor BlackRock has vowed to divest from coal companies, but some big players could stay in the company’s portfolio. (MarketWatch)

OIL & GAS:
Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico are exploring the possibility of allowing oil and gas companies to discard wastewater in streams and rivers. (Grist)
The International Energy Agency will conduct annual reviews to assess how oil and gas companies are doing on climate and clean energy issues. (Axios)
A Virginia Senate committee advances two bills that would ban offshore drilling and fracking in most of eastern Virginia. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators want the owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline to provide expert analysis to back up the company’s claim that doubling the pipeline’s capacity won’t increase the likelihood of a spill. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Arizona’s largest utility announces today that it will achieve 100% carbon-free power by 2050. (Greentech Media)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggests a greater state role in siting and developing clean energy projects to break a logjam in bringing new projects online. (Politico)

BIOFUELS: A group of California Central Valley dairies partners with Southern California Gas on the nation’s largest dairy biogas project, expected to yield up to 4 million gallons of renewable natural gas per year. (Governing)

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CLIMATE:
• Greta Thunberg says planting trees is not enough to address climate change, in an apparent rebuke of President Trump’s comments at Davos. (Reuters)
• Observers say a federal appeals court’s dismissal last week of a youth climate change lawsuit was a setback but shouldn’t be seen as a game-ender. (E&E News)
• A climate report ordered by Utah’s legislature gives it a roadmap that could offer a path forward for other conservative states. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• Four national clean energy groups say FERC erred with its Minimum Offer Price Rule, which will force customers to pay more for fossil fuels. (news release)
• U.S. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware says climate change can be addressed by several bipartisan measures he has co-sponsored with Republicans. (Cape Gazette)

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