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July 19, 2024
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Utilities Seek Rehearing in FERC Interconnection Funding Proceedings
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A group of utilities have filed for rehearing of a show cause order FERC issued in June that could change the practice of who pays for interconnection lines at four ISO/RTOs.
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NYISO Proposes Changes to Special-case Resource Program
NYISO is proposing to increase the required duration of special-case resources' load curtailment from four hours to six following a survey showing stakeholder support as part of the ISO’s Engaging the Demand Side initiative.
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NY Kicks off 5th Offshore Wind Solicitation
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the state’s fifth offshore wind solicitation, a competitive process to be overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
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Stellarators like this one, developed by the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, use magnets to trigger fusion energy reactions.
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Report: Companies Say Fusion will be Online by 2035
About 45 companies worldwide are in the race to develop commercially viable nuclear fusion technology and almost half of them expect to deliver power to the grid somewhere between 2031 and 2035.
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Clean Energy Orgs Push Entergy Players to Consider Broader Cost Allocation
Clean energy nonprofits continued to try to persuade Entergy and MISO South state commissioners to embrace a broader view of cost allocation for an upcoming long-range transmission portfolio the RTO intends for the subregion.
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CPUC Works to Revamp Tx Permitting Rules
California regulators are overhauling rules regarding the permitting of transmission projects, and one proposal suggests creating a shortcut for projects already approved in a CAISO transmission plan.
NYISO Stakeholders Question Draft CEII Protection Requirements
The NYISO Transmission Planning Advisory Subcommittee criticized an ISO proposal to include CEII protection requirements.
Pathways Participants See ‘Pivotal’ Chance to Build New Kind of RTO
The West faces a “pivotal” opportunity to develop a fresh approach to managing its electricity markets, one that could update RTO governance to better accommodate the public policy.
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NERC Sends Virtualization Standards to FERC
The 11 new standards are intended to allow for safe adoption of new technologies on the electric grid.
FERC Approves $246K in Reliability Standards Penalties
SERC and NPCC assessed a combined $246,000 in penalties against two utilities for violations of NERC reliability standards.
ERO Comments on CISA Reporting Proposal
Comments on CISA's cyber incident reporting proposal focused on its overlap with the CIP standards' reporting requirements, with some also calling the proposal too broad.
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has concluded that clean hydrogen generated by offshore wind power could be economically viable but that the technical feasibility of Configuration 2 shown here is less established.
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Reports Examine Economics of Clean Hydrogen
New reports conclude offshore wind could be a viable way to power clean hydrogen production, but clean hydrogen is not a cost-effective fuel for power generation.
DOE, AAI Reports: VGI Critical to Managing New EV Power Demand
Vehicle-to-grid integration is about more than connecting electric vehicles to the grid, say reports from DOE and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.
Fuel-cell Vehicle Sales Plummet in 1st Half of 2024
Sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. are showing some signs of recovery, while the market for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles has practically collapsed.
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MISO President Clair Moeller speaks on the importance of long-range transmission planning in 2021.
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Longtime MISO President and COO Moeller to Retire
MISO has announced that its longtime second in command will retire at the end of the year. 
WEIM Governing Body Officially Changes Name
The WEIM Governing Body voted to change its name to the “Western Energy Markets” Governing Body to better reflect its full scope of responsibility since it began overseeing CAISO’s EDAM.
NEPOOL Reliability Committee Briefs: July 16, 2024
The NEPOOL Reliability Committee voted to support new data collection standards for distributed energy resources, and ISO-NE outlined potential changes to planning procedures and the affected system operator process.
ISO-NE Planning Advisory Committee Briefs: July 17, 2024
Following the increase of the transfer limits of three internal interfaces in Maine, ISO-NE increased the capacity import capability of the New Brunswick-New England interface from 700 MW to 980 MW.
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PJM MIC Briefs: July 10, 2024
PJM’s Market Implementation Committee endorsed by acclamation a proposal to revise two financial inputs to the quadrennial review to reflect changing market conditions, particularly increased interest rates.
A PJM map shows the differences between forecast load growth and added generation between the 2028 and 2029 models.
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PJM PC/TEAC Briefs: July 9, 2024
The PJM Planning Committee and TEAC discussed a CIR transfer proposal, changes to upcoming projects and Load Analysis Subcommittee charter revisions, among other topics. 
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IRM-LCR unified method curve dynamics with Tan45 anchor point
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NYISO Studying How to Update IRM Calculation to Account for Offshore Wind
The New York State Reliability Council’s mathematical model for calculating the state’s installed reserve margin every year will need to be updated as more offshore wind and major transmission lines come online, NYISO told stakeholders. 
FBI Warns Power Sector of IBR Cyber Vulnerabilities
The FBI warned that inverter-based resources may be particularly vulnerable to malicious cyber actors in an industry alert.
NERC Promises 1st ITCS Results by August
NERC said it will release the ITCS by August, with additional U.S. analyses to be completed in November and Canadian results to follow next year.
FERC Orders Further Cold Weather Standard Modifications
FERC directed NERC to submit further changes to its latest cold weather standard within the next nine months.
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FERC Accepts NERC ROP Changes, Drops Assessment Proposal
FERC accepted NERC's plan for registering inverter-based resources, while dropping a proposal to require more frequent performance assessments from the ERO.
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NERC Submits INSM Standard for FERC Approval
NERC submitted to FERC its proposed cybersecurity reliability standard requiring utilities to implement internal network security monitoring software on select grid cyber systems.

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Shrapnel from a failed wind turbine blade at Vineyard Wind 1 is shown on the south shore of Nantucket.
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Blade Failure Brings Vineyard Wind 1 to Halt
Construction of Vineyard Wind 1 has paused and operation of completed wind turbines halted as cleanup and investigation of a blade failure continues.
Audit Faults NY on Climate Act Progress
The report faults New York’s slow progress toward its climate protection goals and warns that the full cost of the effort still has not been quantified, five years after the goals were signed into law. 
California Reaches Funding Agreement to Launch Hydrogen Hub

California became the first state in the U.S. to officially launch a hydrogen hub, with the announcement of a funding agreement with the Department of Energy.

The Rocky Road to Performance-based Regulation in Connecticut
The ongoing feud between Connecticut utilities and their regulators has spilled over into the state's efforts to implement performance-based regulation for its electric utilities.
Average annual price increases in residential electric rates
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Report Looks at Root Causes of Electric Rate Hikes
A new report says residential electric rates have been rising at a pace less than inflation in most states since 2010 and the clean energy transition is not driving the increase. 
This chart tracks 22 years of renewable energy development worldwide.
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IRENA Says World Needs to Build Renewables Faster
Installed capacity of renewables rose 14% in 2023, the largest one-year jump this century and much higher than the 10% compound annual growth rate from 2017-2023.