Winter is coming and the U.S. grid remains vulnerable to power plant failures
By: Robert Zullo - July 22, 2023
Winter might seem far off right now with much of the country in the grips of a punishing heat wave, but as it approaches, the grid is still very much vulnerable to severe storms.
Decarbonization ambitions ignite debate over mining, permitting
By: Robert Zullo - June 1, 2023
Experts say the long permitting timelines and litigation delays for mining projects are incompatible with the urgent demand for materials needed to decarbonize the economy.
Sluggish pace of interconnection might jeopardize states’ renewable goals, report says
By: Robert Zullo - May 19, 2023
The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council focuses on PJM, which coordinates the flow of electricity and runs power markets for a region that includes all or parts of 13 states and D.C.
With decarbonization, advocates see a bright future for nuclear after decades of dormancy
By: Robert Zullo - April 23, 2023
There is a new wave of advanced nuclear technology that energy start-ups, electric utilities and state and federal policymakers are eyeing.
After shootings, regulator doesn’t recommend additional substation security standards
By: Robert Zullo - April 21, 2023
The decision comes a rash of shooting attacks that have knocked out power in parts of several states.
EPA sued over failure to set, update pollution limits
By: Robert Zullo - April 12, 2023
The plaintiffs say the agency’s inaction amounts to a “free pass to pollute” for hundreds of chemical and fertilizer plants, oil refineries, plastics manufacturers and other industrial facilities.
Wind and whales: ‘No evidence’ links projects to deaths
By: Robert Zullo - March 1, 2023
Federal agencies and scientists say there’s no connection between offshore wind development and unusual whale deaths on the East Coast.
After a series of winter storms, regulators approve new standards for power plants
By: Robert Zullo - February 23, 2023
The vote last week on the standards came with the acknowledgement by the commission that the new rules don’t go nearly far enough.
Across the country, a big backlash to new renewables is mounting
By: Robert Zullo - February 16, 2023
Nationwide, new renewable energy development has drawn opposition that has birthed, in many cases, bans, moratoriums and other restrictions.
Offshore wind will need major investments in transmission, supply chain, reports say
By: Robert Zullo - January 28, 2023
Coastal states across the country are pushing for offshore wind projects, but potential bottlenecks loom
As another winter storm strains the electric grid, it’s time to fix transmission, experts say
By: Robert Zullo - January 3, 2023
The U.S. grid needs to be better connected to enable power to be moved easily to where it’s needed in moments of crisis, experts say