Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo

Robert Zullo covers energy and the electric grid for States Newsroom. Reach him at [email protected].

New life for old coal: Minelands and power plants are hot renewable development spots

By: - November 27, 2023

Former mine lands and the plants that burned the coal they produced are increasingly attractive spots for new renewable development.

As industry struggles, federal, state offshore wind goals could get tougher to meet

By: - November 3, 2023

Offshore wind project delays are casting some doubt on whether states and the Biden administration will be able to hit their targets on time.

Winter is coming and the U.S. grid remains vulnerable to power plant failures

By: - 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: - 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: - 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.

EPA again proposes power plant carbon rules

By: - May 12, 2023

EPA says its new rule is based on cost-effective "control technologies,” and will avoid up to 617M metric tons of CO2 emissions through 2042

With decarbonization, advocates see a bright future for nuclear after decades of dormancy

By: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - February 16, 2023

Nationwide, new renewable energy development has drawn opposition that has birthed, in many cases, bans, moratoriums and other restrictions.