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April 21, 2024
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Louisiana PSC Adopts Nearly $2B Entergy Resilience Plan
Commissioner Davante Lewis (middle) speaks against Entergy's grid resilience plan at an April 19 meeting.
Louisiana Public Service Commission
The Louisiana PSC voted 3-2 to approve Entergy Louisiana’s hotly debated, $1.9 billion grid hardening proposal to be funded by ratepayers, four days after the utility submitted it.
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Energy transition investment grew by 17% in 2023
BloombergNEF
BNEF Summit Focuses on Financing Energy Transition, Fast and Slow

Global investment in passenger electric vehicles was up 36% in 2023, investment in energy storage jumped 77%, and investment in carbon capture and storage nearly doubled.

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Summary of estimated ISO-NE transmission costs through 2050
ISO-NE
ISO-NE Analysis Shows Benefits of Shifting OSW Interconnection Points
Relocating two offshore wind points of interconnection from Maine to Massachusetts could reduce New England’s transmission upgrade cost requirements, ISO-NE said.
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Industry Approves NERC’s Cyber Monitoring Standards
NERC's proposed internal network security monitoring standard is on track for submission to FERC after an as yet unscheduled final ballot.
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The NYISO control room is shown. The New York Public Service Commission has initiated to develop a Grid of the Future planning process.
NYISO
NY PSC Launches Grid of the Future Proceeding
New York has launched a process to maximize the use and effectiveness of flexible tools such as distributed energy resources and virtual power plants. 
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Northeast States Apply for Federal Money for 2 Tx Projects
The six New England states have submitted two applications for federal funding for transmission projects aimed at improving grid reliability and enabling the interconnection of clean energy resources.
Pathways Initiative Rejected for $800K in DOE Funding
The West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative applied for the money in January in response to a DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement, seeking two tranches of $400,000 each to be disbursed over two years to help support the effort build an independent Western RTO.
DOE Issues Transmission Interconnection Roadmap
The DOE issued a roadmap to speed interconnection of new clean energy generation projects to the grid and clear the backlog of proposed renewable energy projects waiting in the queue.
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Total power sector battery capacity, both historical and projected through 2025
EIA
DOE Urges Utilities to Embrace ‘Holistic’ Reliability Solutions
With electricity demand expected to undergo rapid acceleration by 2028, stakeholders must “pursue the full range of technology, planning and operation solutions” to meet resource adequacy needs, the DOE said in a report.
Gas, Electric Trade Associations Call for More Gas Infrastructure
ISOs and RTOs should take a more prominent role in expanding gas networks, gas and electricity industry representatives emphasized at a webinar.
NERC Tries Again with Revised INSM Standard
NERC is taking comments through April 17 on the latest revision to its proposed internal network security monitoring standard.
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Washington's cap-and-trade program sets a declining cap on carbon emissions from the state's largest industrial polluters.
Washington Department of Ecology
Wash. Cap-and-invest Supporters Launch Anti-repeal Effort
Bolstered by a nearly $5 million war chest, supporters of Washington’s cap-and-invest system have begun efforts to defeat a campaign that seeks to scrap the carbon allowance program through a referendum this fall. 
NJ Creates Green Bank to Support Clean Energy Goals
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved the establishment of a green bank to help the state reach its clean energy goals.
New Jersey BPU Picks 8 Grid-scale Solar Projects Totaling 310 MW
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved eight solar projects in its second solicitation for grid-scale projects, nine months after declining to support any bids in the first solicitation due to cost. 
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The Future of Natural Gas with Growing Demand and Climate Targets
A DOE report on resource adequacy says firms investing in natural gas capacity could be retrofitted with carbon capture and storage, or the ability to burn clean hydrogen.
OMS Taps Minnesota PUC Veteran as Next Executive Director
The Organization of MISO States has named Tricia DeBleeckere, current MISO director of state policy and strategy, as its next executive director.
Past Opponents Now See Legislative Pathway to CAISO Regionalization

Reps from two groups that blocked past efforts to “regionalize” CAISO predict success for an upcoming campaign to change California law to allow the ISO to participate in the kind of independent RTO envisioned by the West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative.

ISO-NE Decreases Its 10-year Peak Load Forecast
ISO-NE is decreasing its peak load projections slightly for the next 10 years due to slower-than-expected EV adoption, managed charging programs and changes to its modeling of partial building electrification.
Prairie Island nuclear plant in Welch, Minn.
Xcel Energy
Xcel Acknowledges Prairie Island Outage Result of Drilling Accident
Xcel Energy revealed a lengthy outage at its Prairie Island nuclear plant was caused by workers inadvertently drilling through a bundle of cables last fall.
A chart from DOE's report showing the potential for various GETs compared to projected demand growth.
DOE
DOE Report Highlights Benefits of Advanced Grid Technologies
Advanced grid technologies can help expand the grid quickly and relatively cheaply, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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NERC Makes Case for Recertification in Performance Assessment
NERC highlighted its progress over the last five years in its draft performance assessment.
Senate Energy Subcommittee Examines Cybersecurity Shortfalls at Dams
Most of the U.S.’ dams lack adequate cybersecurity protections, and FERC’s resources are too limited to develop them, senators heard in committee.
NERC Answers IRC Cold Weather Standard Objections
NERC urged FERC to set aside the ISO/RTO Council's objections to its proposed cold weather standard.
Robb, Cancel Review Reliability Landscape
NERC CEO Jim Robb and E-ISAC CEO Manny Cancel shared their views on the electric reliability landscape in a media call.
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CISA Seeks Comment on Proposed Cyber Reporting Rules
CISA says its proposed cyber incident reporting requirements took into account feedback from NERC and other stakeholders.
A total of 252 organizations registered to take part in GridEx VII last year, representing the lowest participation since GridEx II in 2013.
NERC
NERC Flags Communication, Coordination in GridEx VII Report
The number of participating organizations fell again in GridEx VII, the second decline in a row for the biennial security exercise.

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Work is shown underway recently on a site being prepared for offshore wind manufacturing at the Port of Albany, N.Y.
Albany Port District Commission
NY Offshore Wind Plans Implode Again
Three provisional contracts totaling 4 GW and constituting the entire result of New York's third offshore wind solicitation have been cancelled. 
Wash. Council OKs Reduced Version of Horse Heaven Hills Project
Washington’s EFSEC recommended approval for a slimmed-down version of a controversial wind project proposed for a site just south of the Tri-Cities in southeastern Washington.
FERC OKs Pipeline Expansion Despite West Coast States’ Opposition
FERC rejected rehearing requests on the expansion of the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline’s capacity into the Northwest over three states’ objections and Commissioner Allison Clements’ dissent. 
Calif. Senate Committee Passes Energy-related Bills
A California legislative committee has passed a raft of energy-related bills, including legislation focused on grid-enhancing technologies, hydrogen and data centers.
Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) points to a chart showing recent increases in the cost of energy.
Senate ENR Committee
Granholm Defends DOE’s 2025 Budget at Senate Hearing
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm defended her department’s $51 billion budget proposal for FY25 before hostile Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Wind power installations have been steadily increasing worldwide.
Global Wind Energy Council
Wind Energy Development Set Records Worldwide in 2023
The 2024 wind energy report by the Global Wind Energy Council shows record growth in 2023 but says much more is needed.