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February 26, 2024
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Québec, New England See Shifting Role for Canadian Hydropower
Jean-Lesage generating station and Manic-2 dam
Hydro-Québec
With the days of endless cheap hydropower in Québec coming to an end, and the Northeastern U.S. hoping to rapidly scale up intermittent renewables, the two regions may be forced to fundamentally reconsider the role of hydropower on the grid. 
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RTOs Jointly Call for Improved Gas-electric Coordination
ISO-NE, MISO, PJM and SPP released a report calling for improvements to the coordination of the electric and natural gas systems.
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A battery energy storage system fire burns near Chaumont, N.Y., in July 2023.
Three Mile Bay Fire Company
Insurer: Majority of BESS Failures are in First Two Years
A new report indicates battery energy storage system failures are ramping up with the spread of the technology, and most often occur in new systems. 
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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm addresses the National Press Club on Feb. 21.
National Press Club
Granholm Praises Impact of US Clean Energy Industrial Policy
Clean energy policies funded by the IRA and IIJA have been key to the U.S. economy’s strong performance, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said at the National Press Club.
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Standards Committee Chair Todd Bennett, AECI
NERC
NERC Committee Greenlights Shortened INSM Comments
NERC’s Standards Committee remains focused on meeting FERC’s deadlines, granting another waiver to authorize shortening the comment and ballot periods for the ERO’s proposed standard on internal network security monitoring. 
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MISO and SPP will once again conduct a joint transmission study on their seam this year.
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MISO, SPP to Conduct Interregional Study in 2024
MISO and SPP agreed to conduct another coordinated system plan study along their seam this year, although five previous studies have failed to produce a single interregional joint project.
SCE Sees Wildfire Risk Decline as Load Outlook Improves
Independent measures show Southern California Edison has sharply reduced its financial risk from catastrophic wildfires compared with pre-2018 levels, Edison International CEO Pedro Pizarro said.
Entergy Highlights Data Center and Industrial Load Growth in Q4 Earnings
Executives focused on Entergy’s booming industrial load growth during a year-end earnings call Feb. 22.
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From left: NERC CEO Jim Robb; Todd Snitchler, EPSA; Amy Andryszak, INGA; Dena Wiggins, NGSA; Mark Lauby, NERC
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Gas, Electric Leaders See ‘No Silver Bullet’ for Interdependence Issues
Attendees at a NERC forum said they are skeptical a gas reliability organization will resolve the challenges exposed by recent winter storms.
FERC Finalizes Winter Reliability Standards from 2021’s Uri
FERC finalized new mandatory reliability standards aimed at ensuring utilities do not cut off power to critical natural gas infrastructure during cold weather events.
NERC Board of Trustees/MRC Briefs: Feb. 14-15, 2024
The NERC board approved a new reliability standard for extreme cold weather preparedness and operations that industry stakeholders previously rejected.
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A new report by the Clean Investment Monitor finds that U.S. zero-emissions vehicle sales meet expectations set after passage of the IRA but utility-scale clean electricity expansion falls short.
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US Needs More Renewables to Meet IRA Emissions Goal, Report Finds
A new report finds that U.S. zero-emission vehicle sales meet industry expectations set upon passage of the IRA but utility-scale clean electricity expansion fall short.
Nevada Draft Climate Plan Outlines GHG-reduction Priorities
Nevada's Division of Environmental Protection received a $3 million federal grant to develop the strategy, known as the Priority Climate Action Plan.
Maine Chooses Nature Preserve for Floating Wind Port
Sears Island on Maine’s central coast is the preferred site for a port to support the offshore wind farms state leaders hope will be built nearby. 
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Since 2017, PG&E has seen a steady decline in reportable ignitions from its equipment in high fire threat districts (HFTDs) and high fire risk areas (HFRAs) within its service territory.
Pacific Gas and Electric
PG&E Foresees Strong Growth from Electrification, Data Centers
California’s “leadership in electrification” will be a key driver of Pacific Gas and Electric’s expected customer growth over the next five years, CEO Patti Poppe said during an earnings call.
Dominion Sells 50% of Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind to Stonepeak
Dominion Energy reported earnings of $2 billion in 2023 and announced that it has closed on an equity partner for its Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project. 
Avangrid Avoids Major Offshore Wind Losses
Avangrid reported a year-over-year decrease in income but said a timely pause in its offshore wind projects saved it from write-offs that could have run into the billions.
MISO Publishes Call to Action to Bypass Danger in Reliability Imperative Report
MISO released a new edition of its Reliability Imperative report this week, with the latest version containing an urgent call to action for all MISO players.
MISO Carmel, Ind., headquarters
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FERC Catches Ketchup Caddy Co. in Another Fake DR Scheme in MISO
FERC is poised to levy a total $27 million in penalties on a Texas-based LLC meant to sell in-car ketchup holders that collected more than $1 million in undeserved MISO demand response payments.
ISO-NE's capacity clearing price for FCA 18 increased by almost $1/kw-month over FCA 17 (38%), continuing the RTO's history of volatility. The auctions resulted in a single 'rest-of-pool' price except for FCA 15 and 16, when regions priced separately.
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Prices, Renewables Rise in New England Capacity Auction

ISO-NE's capacity prices cleared at $3.58/kW-month in FCA 18, a nearly $1 increase over last year.

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CISA Highlights China Threat in 2024 Priorities Report
Cyber threats from China topped the Joint Cyber Defense Force's priorities for 2024, according to the CISA.
New York Approves Final Rule on Inverter-based Resources
NYSRC approved a rule establishing minimum interconnection standards for large inverter-based resources in order to address a 120-GW bottleneck in NYISO's interconnection queue.
NERC Addresses Growing EV Risks in White Paper
NERC warned that remaining industry “knowledge gaps” around electric vehicles and their charging systems may make it difficult for grid operators to maintain reliability.
NERC Members Call for More Communication
Participants in NERC's Member Representatives Committee said better industry outreach is needed to tackle a host of emerging challenges.
Last year's wildfires killed 100 people and burned more than 3,000 acres, including the historic town of Lahaina.
State Farm
Hawaii PUC Approves HECO Grid Resilience Plan
The Hawaii PUC approved HECO's resilience plan to harden the grid against wildfires and other natural threats.
PJM Senior Vice President of Governmental and Member Services Asim Haque speaks during a joint public hearing held by Ohio and Pennsylvania lawmakers Feb. 1.
Ohio House of Representatives
Ohio, Pa. Officials Examine PJM Reliability in Joint Session
Ohio and Pennsylvania lawmakers met in Columbus for a hearing on the future reliability of the PJM grid, quizzing RTO and industry insiders on the role states can have in maintaining resource adequacy.

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South Fork Wind is shown under construction off the New England coast in late 2023.
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Oceantic Recaps Glum 2023, is Optimistic for OSW in 2024

The industry gyrations of 2023 have put near-term U.S. offshore wind goals out of reach, but the sector will rebound, its trade organization reports.

Wash. Lawmakers Propose Credits to Defray Cap-and-invest Costs

Washington legislators are proposing to give the state’s utilities $150 million to be rebated back to residents to help them defray costs associated with the state’s cap-and-invest program.

Fossil Retirements to Slow Briefly as Solar and Storage Proliferate
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that fossil fuel generation retirements will slow in 2024 and that solar and storage will dominate capacity additions. 
NJ Launches Electric School Bus Program With Bidirectional Incentives
New Jersey does not allow electric buses to send electricity directly to the grid, but a program offers up to $50,000 in additional support for projects that use a “vehicle-to-building” strategy.
Researchers found a direct correlation between homeowner income and size of rooftop solar array.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley Lab Reports Narrowing Income Gap on Residential Solar
The 2023 edition of a federal rooftop solar demographic report finds the median household income of people installing solar systems has decreased but is still well above Americans as a whole.
The Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland could be one of the federal facilities that could be powered by clean energy from the GSA/DOD procurement.
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GSA, DOD to Power Federal Facilities with 2.7M MWh of Clean Energy
With more than 300,000 buildings, the U.S. government is the nation’s largest energy consumer and “a steady customer prepared to make long-term investments,” GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan said.