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EPA to revoke legal basis for mercury rule; RGGI CO2 allowance prices run higher

Q2: U.S. Solar and Wind Power by the Numbers

Essential Energy Insights - September 17, 2020

Essential Energy Insights September 2020

Rate case activity slips, COVID-19 proceedings remain at the forefront in August


EPA to revoke legal basis for mercury rule; RGGI CO2 allowance prices run higher

US EPA proposes to revoke legal basis for Obama-era rule targeting coal plants

In a move with major implications for future air quality regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal to rescind the legal justification for an Obama-era rule that has dramatically reduced emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from existing coal- and oil-fired power plants.

US EPA caps busy year of regulatory action on energy, air and water policy

Highlights for the EPA in 2018 include proposals to ease regulations on coal-fired power generation, relaxed vehicle standards for cars and light-duty trucks, and a new definition of federally protected waters.

Gas share in US electricity generation approached 40% in October

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest "Electric Power Monthly," utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage increased 1.6% year over year in October to 325.9 million MWh.

Conn. agency picks 2 nukes, offshore wind project for power contracts

Connecticut officials have selected Dominion Energy Inc.'s "at-risk" Millstone nuclear power plant as a winning proposal for a "zero carbon" power supply contract, along with proposals from from NextEra Energy Inc.'s Seabrook nuclear power plant, a 100-MW expansion of Ørsted A/S' 600-MW offshore Revolution Wind project, and nine solar projects.

Court allows Trump administration to appeal youth climate case before trial

The Trump administration won a new foothold in its effort to block a lower court from holding trial proceedings in a case in which a group of youths is seeking to make federal agencies address and limit the impacts of climate change.

US utility executives face new era of activist shareholders

Shareholders of investor-owned electric utilities are becoming more active and exerting greater environmental pressure, but executives maintain they are making strategic transitions because it is the smart thing to do.

EPA no longer grading FERC environmental reviews of gas projects

In recent federal environmental reports on LNG export projects, the EPA has stopped giving ratings to the reviews as it had for 30 years, and it has provided few comments.

RGGI carbon allowance prices run higher to conclude year

Over-the-counter Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative carbon dioxide allowance prices were on the upswing in more active buying during the final full week of the month and the year.

NJ solar renewable energy credit prices falter; class I markets edge up

Solar and nonsolar renewable energy credit prices at markets around the country were varied in overall thin trading to end December and the year.

NorthWestern Energy incorporates ESG module in annual reporting

NorthWestern Corp. has incorporated the Edison Electric Institute's environmental, social, governance and sustainability-related reporting template into its annual reporting.