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ISO-NE Announces 18th Annual Capacity Auction Results

ISO New England Inc. (“ISO-NE”) announced the results of the 18th Forward Capacity Auction on February 9, 2024. The auction included 31,556 megawatts (“MW”) of commitments, including 1,085 MW of new renewable capacity and 5,540 MW of new and existing renewable capacity. The preliminary closing price for the 2027/2028 commitment period was $3.58 per kilowatt-month.…

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FERC approves delay to 2025 ISO-NE capacity auction

Originally scheduled for February 2025, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has agreed to a one-year delay to the 19th ISO New England (ISO-NE) capacity auction. The delay came at the request of ISO-NE and the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) as they seek additional time to develop and implement changes to their capacity accreditation…

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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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