Ohio AG files suit to block nuclear bailout payments

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is seeking to keep the owner of two nuclear power plants in Ohio from getting $1.3 billion in bailout money in what has become the largest bribery scandal in state history, Kallanish Energy reports. Yost on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to keep Energy Harbor

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Solar dominates Maine’s renewables procurement

Solar projects dominated Maine’s largest renewables procurement, Kallanish Energy reports. Solar will provide about 482 megawatts of the 546 megawatts of projects approved for long-term energy projects earlier this week by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The commission approved 17 projects including solar, onshore wind, hydro and biomass. They were the first to win approval

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Palladium, Inverdale form new solar JV

Palladium Energy LLC and Inverdale Energy Partners have formed a joint venture to develop 500 megawatts of utility-scale solar and solar storage across the United States, Kallanish Energy reports. That is the initial development portfolio. The JV is known as Palladium Energy Development LLC. The companies did not detail plans for the initial solar development. “This

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Entergy sets net-zero carbon goal by 2050

Entergy Corp. has announced that is accelerating its climate action goals with a plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Kallanish Energy reports. The Louisiana-based utility also reaffirmed its commitments to grid reliability and affordability for customers. That new goal is “another major step forward,” said Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman of the board and

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DOE awards $24M to battery, methane detection projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $24 million to two projects to commercialize sodium-ion battery development and methane detection technologies, Kallanish Energy reports. A $19 million grant went to California-based Natron Energy and a $5 million grant was awarded to Montana-based Bridger Photonics. The grants were awarded as part of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects

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Energy storage to grow to $546B by 2035: Lux Research

The global energy storage market is projected to grow to $546 billion by the year 2035, according to a new recent report by Florida-based Lux Research. One of the largest markets with an expected 76% compound annual growth rate and an increase in revenues of $8 billion in the next three years is residential storage,

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Labor Day Reminder: Fossil Fuels Make Modern Life Possible

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. …. ….  Labor Day is a nice reminder of the dignity of real work, but also the role of fossil fuels in making it all possible and rewarding. Bob Bradley, over at the Master Resource blog, has out together a wonderful collection of images illustrating just how much fossil fuels,

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UK renewable use soars during Q2: Drax

The use of renewables for electricity generation rose 32% year-on-year during second quarter according to a new report, Kallanish Energy reports. The Drax Electrical Insights Q2 report, published on Monday by UK power generator Drax and compiled from analysis by Imperial Consultants, found that the share of renewables in the UK energy mix increased to

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Construction to start soon on Oklahoma wind project

Construction is expected to begin in late fall 2020 on a new wind farm in north-central Oklahoma, Kallanish Energy has learned. The 288-megawatt Maverick Wind Center will be built by Invenergy LLC, officials told the Enid News and Eagle newspaper. The $402 million facility in Major County is expected to begin service in December 2021.

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Natural Gas Now Best Picks of the Week – August 29, 2020

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added. Will California Blackouts Lead to A Pennsylvania Wipeout? Dan Markind raises this interesting question in one of his latest pieces for

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CMS Energy buys major stake in Texas wind project

CMS Energy has announced that it has purchased a majority stake in a 525-megawatt wind project in West Texas, Kallanish Energy reports. Aviator Wind in Coke County near Abilene will be operated by CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of Michigan-based CMS Energy. It purchased the majority stake from funds managed by Ares Management Corp.’s Infrastructure and

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Germany to invest $10.2B in hydrogen expansion

Germany announced it will invest €9 billion ($10.2 billion) to boost its hydrogen strategy, aimed at becoming a global supplier of “state-of-the-art” hydrogen technology, Kallanish Energy reports. The coalition government agreed late on Wednesday a €130 billion ($147.3 billion) coronavirus recovery stimulus package. The program is geared to climate change mitigation and promoting the technologies

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Trump administration change aids renewable projects

The Trump administration provided a major boost to developers of renewable energy, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Kallanish Energy reports. The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service last week issued a Notice 2020-41 to provide tax relief to affected taxpayers involved in solar and wind projects by extending the safe harbor

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Largest New Jersey solar facility is operational

New Jersey’s largest solar facility is now in operation. The 28.5-megawatt facility in located on Naval Weapons Station Earle in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Kallanish Energy reports. The facility on 170 acres was designed and built by CS Energy LLC. with headquarters in Edison, New Jersey. It is owned by Vitol Green Holdings, Ben Moreell

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Williams to add solar to gas processing, pipelines

U.S. pipeline operator Williams plans to add solar power at natural gas-processing plants and natural gas pipeline facilities in nine states, Kallanish Energy reports. The move is made possible by generous federal and state tax credits, the Oklahoma-based company said. The company plans to add mini-solar farms ranging in size from 1 megawatt to 40

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