Tagged with Infrastructure

Quadrennial Energy Review — Second Installment

US Dept. of Energy https://energy.gov/epsa/quadrennial-energy-review-second-installment [Politico’s Morning Energy] The Obama administration’s second – and final – Quadrennial Energy Review is coming out today. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Obama climate aide Dan Utech are rolling out the tome, which aims to align energy policies across the federal government, at 10 a.m. in … Continue reading

Bounded Regulation: How the Clean Power Plan Conforms to Statutory Limits on EPA’s Authority

Institute for Policy Integrity / by Richard L. Revesz, et al. http://policyintegrity.org/files/publications/Bounded_Regulation_Policy_Brief.pdf [Politico’s Morning Energy] EPA followed eight distinct requirements or constraints listed under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act when it crafted the Clean Power Plan, a trio from the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity write in a … Continue reading

Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / by Aaron Bloom, et al. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/64472.pdf [From Press Release] Using high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools, NREL shows the power grid of the Eastern United States—one of the largest power systems in the world—can accommodate upwards of 30% wind and solar/photovoltaic (PV) power… [Vox] …The study is a remarkable … Continue reading

Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future

American Society of Civil Engineers http://bit.ly/24IHRqK (report) http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ (report card) [Vox] …The overall answers are pretty grim: “From 2016 to 2025, each household will lose $3,400 each year in disposable income due to infrastructure deficiencies.” “If this investment gap is not addressed throughout the nation’s infrastructure sectors by 2025, the economy is expected to lose … Continue reading

Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA

Congressional Research Service http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44480.pdf [From a Greenwire article by Robin Bravender] Congress’ in-house research shop has drafted a summary of the complicated legal battle over the Obama administration’s climate regulations… The report recaps the major events in the litigation, summarizes the principal legal arguments and lays out a likely timetable of upcoming events. It also … Continue reading

Infrastructure Needs of Oil and Gas Industry Revised Down: Report

North American Midstream Infrastructure Through 2035: Leaning into the Headwinds ICF International for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America http://www.ingaa.org/File.aspx?id=25974 [Union of Concerned Scientists blog] The pipeline owners’ trade association, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), has just released an update of their vision of the future. Due to lower wholesale prices for … Continue reading

PJM Interconnection Clean Power Plan Reference Case Compares Compliance Strategies

PJM CPP Reference Model and Sensitivities PJM Interconnection Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee http://bit.ly/23xHDSL [From an Energy Wire article by Emily Holden, sub. req’d] Natural gas prices lower than previously expected could drive coal plant retirements and ease the early years of compliance with federal climate regulation for a major regional power grid… The regional transmission organization found … Continue reading