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60th RGGI auction clears

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”) announced the results of the 60th auction for carbon dioxide allowances on June 9, 2023. The auction included the sale of more than 22 million allowances at a clearing price of $12.73 per allowance. The clearing price represented an increase of 1.8% compared to the 59th auction held in…

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PJM seeks to delay power capacity auctions

The PJM Interconnection board of managers is seeking a delay of upcoming capacity auctions, including June’s auction for the 2025/26 delivery year, so that proposed design rule changes may be implemented. “In arriving at this decision, the Board recognized that, despite the implications of auction delay, reforms are necessary to the capacity market design in…

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First Small Modular Reactor Design Certified

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission certified the first small scale reactor design in the U.S. on January 20th. Created by NuScale, the design incorporates a module system that utilizes less water and is one-third the size of a traditional large-scale reactor. Each module is capable of producing 50 MW of electricity. The first module is…

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LS Power to acquire 334 MW hydro portfolio

LS Power has announced its plan to acquire 42 hydro facilities from Hull Street Energy. The run-of-river hydro facilities are located in 11 states and 334 MW in generating capacity. Hull Street Energy began acquiring and improving the hydroelectric plant portfolio in 2017. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of Q1 2023.…

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New Legislation Set to Impact Renewables

The US Senate voted to approve the Inflation Reduction Act on August 7th. The legislation includes more than $370 billion earmarked for clean energy investment, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The bill is now headed to the US House of Representatives for a vote. Currently, the legislation proposes that federal tax…

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U.S. Electricity Generation Mix Changes

The electricity generation mix in the U.S. continued to change in 2021. In addition to the growth in renewable energy, one major surprise was observed. The percentage of coal-fired generation increased for the first time since 2007. The generation mix changes were largely driven by economics. According to the EIA, electric generators realized an average…

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