Power Generation

State leaders received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, released June 2, with mixed reactions. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback considers the new regulations on existing coal-fired power plants to be “more of the Obama administration’s war against middle America.” Kansas, like many...

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A proposal to store nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron is drawing increased scrutiny and opposition, with Michigan lawmakers again weighing in with a new round of legislation and resolutions.
If its project is approved by Canadian regulators, Ontario Power Generation would build a 2,230-foot-deep geologic repository that would hold low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste.
As states continue to diversify their energy portfolios, renewable energy sources—like solar technology—will play an increasing role.
A recent report by the U.S. Energy Information...

The U.S. Energy Information Administration issued a report last week detailing the 13,500 megawatts (MW) of electric utility capacity added in 2013.  According to the report, the total capacity added is down roughly 50% from 2012.  Natural gas and solar were the top industries generating additional capacity at just over 50% and 22% respectively. 

Be sure to join the next edition of CSG's webinar series entitled, "Challenges and Future Opportunities for States in Net Metering." The event will take place today, February 4th at 2pm Eastern and you may register by clicking here.

Although the number of customers utilizing net metering technology represents a tiny fraction of the overall population, the rapid pace and expansion of rooftop solar across the country has galvanized a debate across many states to re-examine popular incentive programs for distributed energy systems....

State policymakers once again are facing challenges in financing core programs as they deal with federal funding cuts. The most pressing questions facing policymakers this legislative session most likely will center on revenues needed to fund the basic role of government.

The Council of State Governments has released its annual listing of the top 5 issues legislators will face this session in education, energy and the environment, fiscal, health, interstate compacts and transportation.

“While many states are...

The rapid growth in rooftop solar and the popularity of net metering programs has gained significant interest with residential customers across the country. However, several rate challenges in 2013 over the most appropriate way to continue incentivizing this program garnered significant national attention and may soon be coming to your state this year. Be sure to join the next edition of CSG's webinar series entitled, "Challenges and Future Opportunities for States in Net Metering." The event will take place on February 4th at 2pm Eastern and you may register by clicking here.

Renewable energy accounted for nearly half of all new power generation capacity installed in the United States in 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Administration. That new capacity generated about 13,000 megawatts and created about 110,000 new jobs in 2012 alone.

The influence of green energy on the power industry and the national, regional and state economies is growing. Several Southern states—including Georgia, Tennessee and Texas—are leaders in this effort.

The South has great potential for renewable energy development, according to speakers on a CSG South webinar, “The Impact of Renewable Energy in Southern Economies.” Nine states rely on wind power for more than 12 percent of their total annual electricity consumption, with Texas leading the way. While the cost of wind energy is becoming more competitive, state policies are helping the effort.

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