November 30, 2023


Energy DELTA Lab
Youngkin Announces Coalfield Redevelopment Deal
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a deal to start redeveloping 65,000 acres of old coal mining land in Southwest Virginia, with proposals including renewables, small modular reactors, and advanced data centers.
Senate ENR
DOE Officials Face Rocky Senate Hearing on IIJA, IRA Loans and Grants
DOE's Crane and Shah said all grant and loan applications are evaluated and carefully vetted by federal career staff and agency engineers and experts.
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Community Engagement Key to Moving Transmission Projects Ahead

Transmission developers discussed the obstacles to getting their projects permitted and built, but also focused on successes, with a strong focus on community and stakeholder engagement.

Transmission Expansion Runs into an Old Debate: Planning vs. Markets
Market Monitors Joe Bowring and David Patton have doubts about the wisdom of large-scale transmission expansions, warning they may crowd out market solutions.
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DOE, FERC Outline Plans for Possible Government Shutdown
FERC and DOE have plans in place they might have to use this weekend in the event Congress fails to fund the federal government, forcing its closure.
Report Extols the Benefits HVDC Lines Offer the Grid
A report released by ACORE and Grid United highlighted how Europe is using HVDC transmission lines to advance its decarbonization efforts and explained how the U.S. could do the same.
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Hickenlooper and Peters Introduce BIG WIRES Act
The BIG WIRES Act would require FERC to set minimum transfer capabilities between regions to better connect the grid in order to promote reliability and ship cheap power around the country.
House Energy and Commerce Committee
Efficiency and Reliability are Debated at House Energy Hearing
A House hearing looking into Republican bills aimed at curbing DOE's efficiency regulations  displayed the partisan split on reliability and energy efficiency.
NRDC Lays out Responsible Tx Expansion Recommendations

The U.S. must double the number of transmission projects permitted and built each year to meet its clean energy potential, according to the NRDC.

GE Hitachi and TVA
TVA Resists Congressional Call to Achieve 100% Clean Energy Sooner
The Tennessee Valley Authority doesn’t appear ready to fast-track its decarbonization plans despite receiving a letter this month from 10 members of Congress urging it to chart a path to 100% clean energy by 2035.

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