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Environment
The U.S. Senate on Feb. 28 confirmed Andrew Wheeler by a vote of 52-47 to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Community
The American Public Power Association’s members approved several new policy resolutions that highlight the Association’s concerns about rising transmission costs, its opposition to efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate public power pole attachments and the Association’s push for certain improvements to tax exempt financing.
Energy Storage
Vermont utility Green Mountain Power, working with Renewable Energy Vermont, an association of Vermont based renewable energy companies, has enhanced its program that provides incentives for customers with energy storage devices.
Distributed Energy Resources
Key factors driving renewable energy development last year — strong demand, declining costs, gains in battery storage technology and grid operators’ growing ability to handle renewables— are poised to continue into 2019, according to consulting firm Deloitte.
Distributed Energy Resources
Rep. Robert DeLeo, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, announced an initiative to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to help communities across the state adopt technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen infrastructure and reduce municipal costs.
Community
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Feb. 27 received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.
Smart Grid
Algona Municipal Utilities in Iowa, working with Iowa State University, has used a grant from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program to develop a tool to help utilities make better use of the flood of data available from advanced metering infrastructure.
Distributed Energy Resources
A joint effort to help cities procure over 2.8 gigawatts of renewable capacity was launched on Feb. 26 by the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, Rocky Mountain Institute, World Resources Institute and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.