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Power Sources
Nebraska Public Power District's embrace of hydrogen as a conversion fuel at the public power entity's 125-MW coal-fired Sheldon Station Unit 2 could lead to a collaboration with Finland-based Wartsila to convert hydrogen into methanol to use as fuel in Wartsila engines.
Distributed Energy Resources
The New York Power Authority on Dec. 11 said that it will invest $250 million between now and 2025 to accelerate the flexibility of the electric grid in order to provide greater access to renewable energy resources.
Cybersecurity
Illustrating its ongoing commitment to help solve the cybersecurity workforce shortage, the American Public Power Association was one of the sponsors of a recent Department of Energy competition in which opposing teams face off against each other in a series of cyberattack simulations.
Energy Storage
Virginia Municipal Electric Association issued a request for proposals for the complete engineering, procurement, and construction of varying sizes (2-12 megawatts, with one or two-hour durations) of a standalone utility-scale battery energy storage system or systems (BESS) to start operation by Jan. 1, 2020.
Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on Dec. 11 unveiled a proposed new “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, definition that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.
Bonds and Financing
Moody’s Investors Service is maintaining its stable outlook for the public power electric utility sector for 2019, reflecting the industry’s self-regulated cost recovery mechanisms, sound financial metrics and competitive product.
Bonds and Financing
Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, will co-chair the House Municipal Finance Caucus, according to a statement released on Dec. 10 by current caucus co-chairman Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. Stivers replaces Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., who failed to win re-election this fall.
Electricity Markets
Investment research firm Morningstar says that cannabis cultivation, data centers and electric vehicle charging could boost U.S. power demand substantially, making the firm’s forecast more robust than the forecast of the Energy Information Administration and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.