POWERnews [May 7, 2015]

Tesla Takes Aim at the Grid

Ending several months of speculation, electric vehicle firm Tesla Motors officially moved into the energy storage market on April 30 with the announcement that it would begin marketing two new…

Sen. King Introduces Bill to Promote Distributed Energy Interconnection Neutrality

A new bill unveiled on May 6 by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) champions a general right to neutrality of the interconnection of distributed energy resources (DER) and seeks to establish…

MIT Report: Uniform Nationwide RPS Program Needed

An interdisciplinary study led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative concludes, among other things, that “state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirements should be replaced by a uniform…

Legal Challenges to Clean Power Plan Begin to Take Shape

Attorneys general from three states—Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia—stepped forward on May 5 to present their objections to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Clean Power Plan. During testimony before…

DTE Electric to Get NRC Combined License (COL) for Proposed Nuclear Reactor

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will soon issue DTE Electric a combined license (COL) to build and operate an Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) at its existing Fermi 2…

California Adopts Ambitious 40% by 2030 GHG Reduction Target

California will seek to reduce its greenhouse gases (GHG) by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a new executive action by Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. orders.  Executive order B-30-15 issued on April…

Faraday Awards Honor Efforts in Hiring Veterans

Nearly everyone in the power sector has a co-worker or colleague who served in the armed forces, or themselves served in the military. While this has been the case for…