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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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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Total to convert crude refinery to produce biofuels

French energy major Total announced on Thursday it will convert its Grandpuits crude oil refinery to produce renewable diesel and bioplastics, Kallanish Energy reports. Killing two birds with one stone, Total will shut down its crude refinery after a structural problem with a key pipeline reduced its operational rate to 70% of capacity. To resume

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Biomethane may be route for decarbonizing Europe’s gas markets

Biomethane can help decarbonize Europe’s gas markets, but continued growth depends on policy support, Wood Mackenzie said this week. According to analysts Graham Freedman and Nnenna Amobi, the carbon-neutral renewable gas can be directly injected into existing natural gas infrastructure and decarbonize the heating and transport sectors. That’s because biomethane is a purified form of

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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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ExxonMobil makes new discovery offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil has announced its 18th offshore Guyana crude oil discovery at the Redtail-1 well, Kallanish Energy reports. That discovery will add to the 8 billion oil-equivalent barrels projected from the Stabroek Block. “Our Stabroek Block exploration program continues to identify high-quality reservoirs in close proximity to previous discoveries, establishing efficient opportunities for new projects in

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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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Chesapeake, FERC in fight over pipeline contracts

Chesapeake Energy wants to terminate a $300 million pipeline contract in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Kallanish Energy reports. That request has been opposed by pipeline giant Texas-based Energy Transfer. Now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is supporting Energy Transfer and is getting involved in the ongoing legal fight, Reuters reported. FERC has argued in

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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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BLM taking comments on Permian sand conveyor

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has opened a public comment period for a proposed conveyor system on public lands to move sand for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, Kallanish Energy reports. The Kermit Overland Conveyor Project is being developed by Texas-based OLC Kermit LLC, a subsidiary of

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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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Antero says production grew by 9% in 2Q

Antero Resources has reported a GAAP net loss of $463 million or $1.73 per share in the second quarter 2020, Kallanish Energy reports. That compares to a net income of $42 million or 14 cents per share in 2Q 2019. The company has not curtailed any prediction due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting low

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While U.S. Pipelines Face Siege from Extremists, China Moves Ahead

 ... … … [Editor Comment: Pipelines here at home in the U.S. are ever harder to get done as extremist opponents tie them up in courts, but China is moving ahead ever faster.] While pipelines in the United States face increasingly hostile legal challenges, China is seeing the importance of a national oil and natural

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