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Green bonds get more scrutiny; South Carolina lifts cap on net metering

More green bonds are being scrutinized as investors focus on climate risk

An increasing share of green-bond issuers are taking steps to assure investors that their money is spent on projects or assets that benefit the environment, suggesting that financiers have become more discerning in their approach to impact investing.

Senate becomes forum for debate on how climate fits into infrastructure permits

The diverging views of how federal agencies should consider environmental impacts and climate concerns in the reviews of U.S. energy facilities and large infrastructure projects was on full display at a May 15 Senate hearing featuring the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

FERC reaffirms order to boost energy storage participation in wholesale markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 16 reaffirmed a regulation requiring grid operators to adopt rules that permit energy storage resources to participate in wholesale electricity markets.

NY regulators further modify distributed energy value rates to avoid cost shifts

To avoid unfair cost shifts, New York state regulators have further modified the methodology used for valuing distributed energy resources to more accurately align a customer's buyback and standby service rates with its contribution to system costs.

International group releases hydropower climate resilience planning guide

The International Hydropower Association issued a new guide to help developers and owners of hydropower plants revise long-used strategies to adapt to climate-related risks, such as extreme temperatures and changes in rain and snow patterns and related stream flows.

Carbon capture advocates appeal to Senate for support to aid commercialization

Carbon capture experts and industry representatives praised a recently introduced bill to establish new research programs and funding would help the technology's development at a U.S. Senate hearing May 16, but insisted more needs to be done to reach large-scale commercialization.

SC governor signs legislation that continues solar net metering

South Carolina's governor signed legislation that lifts the state's cap on net metering for customer-generators and expands renewable energy access for customers of the state's electric utilities.

Conn. House passes legislation to procure 2,000 MW of new offshore wind by 2030

Connecticut's House of Representatives has passed and sent to the state Senate some governor-backed legislation mandating the procurement of 2,000 MW of new offshore wind energy by 2030.

Economic carbon capture 'just over the horizon,' DOE tells coal industry

Economical, carbon-free, fossil fuel energy generation is just over the horizon, a U.S. Department of Energy official told the crowd at a coal industry conference May 20.

New York rejects water quality permit for Transco's expansion for National Grid

New York regulators denied Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC's request for a water quality permit for its planned Northeast Supply Enhancement natural gas pipeline project, designed to bring an additional 400 MMcf/d of supply to markets in the state.

Rhode Island delays clean energy RFP bid, contract process

Rhode Island has pushed back by more than a month its timeline for selecting winning bids and negotiating contracts related to its 2018 request for proposals for up to 400 MW of renewable energy.

China's renewable energy quotas brighten outlook for companies in the sector

Quotas for renewable power use in China should benefit clean-energy companies by increasing demand and reducing curtailments of wind and solar farms on the electric grid, Moody's said May 20.

FERC environmental assessment clears Tennessee Gas upgrade in Massachusetts

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff issued a positive environmental review of a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.'s upgrade project Hampden County, Mass., designed to provide an additional 72,400 MMcf/d of natural gas transportation capacity and to increase reliability for shippers.

Hawaii Supreme Court: Regulators must weigh biomass greenhouse gas emissions

The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that state utility regulators failed to thoroughly examine greenhouse gas emissions of a proposed biomass facility and therefore must reconsider their approval of a related power purchase agreement between Hawaii Electric Light Co. Inc. and independent power producer Hu Honua Bioenergy.