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FERC Report Shows Prevalence of Renewables

Renewable sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for nearly 70% of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first six months of 2015. According to the recently-released "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, 18 new "units" of wind accounted for 1,969 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity, or 50.6% of all new capacity year-to-date. Among renewable sources, solar followed with 549 MW (71 units), biomass with 128 MW (7 units), geothermal steam with 45 MW (1 unit), and hydropower with 21 MW (1 unit). Twenty-one units of natural gas contributed 1,173 MW. Renewables now account for 17.3% of total installed operating generating capacity in the U.S.: Hydro - 8.61%, wind - 5.84%, biomass - 1.40%, solar - 1.08%, and geothermal steam - 0.34%. (Renewables were 16.3% of capacity in June 2014 and 15.8% in June 2013, and note these figures are capacity not actual generation.)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

RGGI Has Economic Benefits

States participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have found that regulating carbon emissions from power plants through market-based mechanisms also delivers economic benefits. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Analysis Group, released today at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) conference in New York. The report, The Economic Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on Nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, found that implementing RGGI from 2012-2014 added $1.3 billion in economic value to the nine-state RGGI region, leading to the creation of more than 14,000 new jobs and cuts in electricity and heating bills, saving consumers $460 million. The six New England states plus New York, Delaware, and Maryland cut annual carbon emissions by about a third from 2008 (140 million metric tons) to 2014 (90 million metric tons) under RGGI. The report provides lessons for states evaluating options under the Clean Power Plan, by detailing state strategies that invested RGGI revenuein: funding energy efficiency programs, building community-based renewable power projects, helping low-income customers pay their electricity bills, putting greenhouse-gas reduction measures in place, educating consumers, and offering training for clean-energy jobs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Bill to Accelerate Wastewater Recycling

Legislation would allow states with drought declarations to increase their wastewater recycling programs. Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) introduced H.R. 2993, The Water Recycling Acceleration Act of 2015, which would greatly accelerate the authorization of wastewater recycling projects in California. Recycling would help alleviated water shortages during drought years and create flexibility in California’s water resources system.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

China Encourages Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

China is preparing a new scheme to encourage automakers and consumers to use electric and hybrid vehicles, learning lessons from California's efforts to promote a similar switch, the head of a major state-owned carmaker said on Thursday. The system will extend incentives to traditional gas-electric hybrids, often excluded from promotional programmes in the past because that segment of the market was dominated by Japanese companies. The proposed government scheme could be implemented in the first half of next year, said Xu Heyi, chairman of Beijing Automotive Group, parent of BAIC Motor Corp. China has set fuel economy standards that grow increasingly aggressive through 2020 to relieve heavy air pollution.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Louisiana Awards Bid to RES

The State of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Agency has awarded two coastal restoration projects via competitive bid to RES’ Ecological Restoration Services subsidiary: CPRA’s BA-141 NRDA Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation Increment II – Vegetative Plantings Project in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana and CS-33 Cameron Parish Shoreline Sand Fence Replacement Project.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Week 31, 2015

FERC Report Shows Prevalence of Renewables
RGGI Has Economic Benefits
Bill to Accelerate Wastewater Recycling
China Encourages Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Louisiana Awards Bid to RES
Pattern Energy Announces Equity Offering
Levi Strauss & Co. Expands Clothing Recycling
Fortress Opens $9.3 Million Eagle Ford Shale Saltwater Disposal Well
KKR Acquires an 80% Stake in Gestamp Solar
Utah Approves Construction of Tar Sands Mine
Alliant Energy Spending $625M on Pollution Controls at Iowa Coal-fired Plants
Texas to Approve up to $3.9bn in Funding for Water Projects
Santa Barbara to Invest $55m to Revive Desalination Facility
Black & Veatch Wins Contract to Upgrade Two Wastewater Treatment Plants in UK
Pennsylvania Governor Announces $98.3M in Water Infrastructure Funding

Week 30, 2015

Stericycle Buys Shred-it for $2.3 Billion
American Water to Acquire Keystone Clearwater Solutions
Donaldson Acquires IFIL USA Dust Collection Business
California Water Service to Receive Hex Chrome Treatment System
DOE Offers $18 Million for Algae Product Development
U.S. Wastewater Market to Total $11 Billion Through 2025
Million Dollar Water Technology Grant for Milwaukee
The Weir Group to Acquire Delta Industrial Valves
World’s 50 Largest Private Water Utilities Ranked
Energy Storage Technologies Expected to Generate Nearly $75 Billion from 2015 to...
Willdan Awarded New $7.5 Million Utility Contract
Commercial Solar Desalination Plant Enters CA Central Valley
London Thames Water selects Bazalgette Tunnel for super-sewer project
Shaw Industries Adds Georgia Carpet Recycling Unit
Minnesota Power Plans Further Carbon Reductions
Amazon Agrees to Buy Power From Planned 200MW Wind Farm in N.C.
Construction Starts on $10B Metro System in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Massive Debris Removal Project To Get Underway in Alaska
California Shows Revised Blueprint for Delta Tunnels
House GOP Challenges Obama Environmental Agenda
Small Modular Reactor Makes Slow Progress
Miya signs a water efficiency project estimated at $42.5M in Jamaica
Aclima Announces Partnerships
John Dewar & Sons Surges Ahead With State-of-the-Art Sustainability Practices

Week 28, 2015

BP Settles for $18.7 billion
K2 Waste Solutions LLC Buys LT’s Garbage Service
Ionex Brings Treatment Solution to California and US
Investor-owned Water Utilities in California Becoming Noted Conservation Leaders
NY American Water to Acquire Spring Glen Lake Water Company
Honeywell Supports EPA Decision on HFCs
Cement Suppliers Consolidate While Regulators Are Wary
De Nora Complete Acquisition of Severn Trent Services
Apex Companies Acquires InterTech Environmental & Engineering, LLC
Waterfront Engineers Joins Tighe & Bond
G2 Consulting Acquires Schleede-Hampton Associates

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