WEEKLY DIGEST


October 21, 2021


FERC ruling on utility wires charge expected to help standalone energy storage grow

Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final order to approve Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Wholesale Distribution Access Tariff proposal. Following more than two years of negotiation, SEIA succeeded in reducing the wires charge for standalone energy storage from SCE’s original proposal, opening the door for significant storage growth in the territory.




Where Will DOE’s Loan Program Make the

Next Climate Tech Investments?


The U.S. Department of Energy is crucial for funding, researching, and testing emerging energy tech. Now, in the Biden era, the agency is orienting itself toward deployment. How difficult is that transition?


Jigar has $40 billion in authority to back a wide range of climate technologies; and he’s been working on the first round of investments with those dollars. In the second half of the show: a surprising twist in the global clean-energy transition. How much trouble will energy price inflation cause around the world?


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There’s $44 Billion in Clean Energy Funds Up For Grabs



Jigar Shah, the new head of the U.S. Energy Department’s Loan Programs Office, discusses how his team is working to distribute billions to support innovations in renewable energy and green technologies.





Suddenly we are in the middle of a global energy crisis. What happened?

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Far from emerging from the COVID shock awash with fuel, as might be expected after an economic slowdown, the world is entering a new energy crisis the like of which hasn’t been seen since the 1970s.


European and Asian gas prices are at an all-time high, the oil price is at a three-year high, and the price of coal is soaring on the back of energy shortages across China, India and Germany.






Ohio Republicans introduce community

solar-enabling legislation


On October 12, Ohio Reps. Brian Baldridge and Laura Lanese, both Republicans, introduced House Bill 450 to permit community solar in the territories of the electric distribution utilities (EDUs). To date, community solar has not been available in

EDU territories due to the inability for customers to participate in aggregate

or virtual net metering.



The wrong policies will hinder electrification

— here's what we need to do


Electrify everything!


This rallying cry has recently made its way to the forefront of the national climate debate, as advocates, companies, and even the President himself tout the climate benefits of electrification. Replacing an oil or natural gas heating system or a gasoline vehicle with an electric-powered alternative is a straightforward way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.



Meeting state offshore wind, renewable goals requires up to $3.2B in transmission, PJM says


The report, developed at the request of states, signals a change in how the

grid operator considers transmission development, according to Mike Jacobs,

a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists.


"We've always observed, it's easier to build the wind farms

than to build the transmission," Jacobs said. "The wind farms go up,

and the transmission system lags behind it."




To secure the energy supply chain, feds want to reimagine the power sector as defense


Vulnerable software and data supply chains expose the U.S. power grid to attack, and the U.S. Department of Energy wants to address the issue by reimagining the sector as similar to the defense industrial base. Policies to address digital supply chain vulnerabilities are being developed and will be included in a report to the White House next year, said Cheri Caddy, senior advisor for cybersecurity in DOE's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER).


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