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Energy Storage
North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) has issued a request for proposals for ownership of a standalone battery energy storage system (BESS).
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette on Jan. 15 urged the governors of 55 states and territories to prioritize critical infrastructure mission-essential workers during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bills and Rates
The U.S. Department of Treasury on Jan. 19 released guidance for the implementation of a $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program authorized as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Environment
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Jan. 19 issued an opinion that vacates and remands the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule while also vacating the EPA’s separate action extending compliance timelines for all rules issued under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Generation
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) has extended the application period for a Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA) for improving hydropower’s value.
Bills and Rates
A COVID relief plan unveiled by President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 14 would extend mandatory paid sick and family leave another 14 weeks and expand the requirement to allow workers to take time off from work to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The proposal would, in a major victory for public power, reimburse state and local governments for the cost of this leave. The latter has been a priority for the American Public Power Association.
Environment
In 2020, the United States saw the single largest annual decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020 anytime since World War II, putting the country’s GHG emissions below 1990 levels for the first time, according to preliminary data from the Rhodium Group.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
Washington State’s Snohomish County PUD reported making significant progress in restoring power to customers in the wake of storms that hit the PUD’s service territory this week.