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May 21, 2024

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ACP
ACP: Clean Energy Construction Increases in 1st Quarter
Nearly 5.6 GW of new solar, wind and storage capacity was added in the United States in the first quarter of 2024, the American Clean Power Association reported.
Eversource
Eversource Announces $500M Cut in Connecticut Investments
Eversource announced plans to reduce its investments in Connecticut by about $500 million over the next five years because of the “negative regulatory environment” at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
Bureau of Land Management
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. 
DOE
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.
Shutterstock
Feds Cut Renewable Costs, Boost Fossil Costs on Public Land
The federal government has finalized rules that will decrease the cost of siting renewable energy generation on public land and increase the cost of leasing it for oil and gas development.
Williamborg, CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Solar Developer Seeks Inslee’s OK for 60-MW Eastern Wash. Project
The Wallula Gap project could also include an optional battery energy storage system not to exceed the nameplate capacity of the facility.
NERC
Counterflow: Hair (and Pants) on Fire

The Washington Post’s warning that “America is running out of power” lacks context and distracts us from the real work at hand, says columnist Steve Huntoon.

American Clean Power Association
Can US Maintain Record Solar, Clean Power Growth?
The U.S. could nearly quadruple solar capacity in the next 10 years, according to a SEIA report, while a ACP report shows that delays on clean energy projects have put more than 60 GW of clean power capacity on hold.
BloombergNEF
BCSE Factbook: Federal Incentives Can’t Solve All Clean-tech Challenges

The momentum created by billions of dollars in federal incentives and tax credits has been tempered by supply chain constraints and the impacts of inflation and higher interest rates.

EIA
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. 

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