High precipitation and snowpack levels, both of which supply hydroelectric generators throughout the year, suggest that hydroelectric generation in California in 2017 will significantly exceed 2016 levels, the Energy Information Administration said on March 22.
A subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee on May 3 examined challenges for the development of hydropower in the U.S., with several panelists detailing roadblocks for the development of the generation resource due to cumbersome and lengthy licensing and re-licensing processes.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the share of U.S. total utility-scale electricity generation from natural gas to fall from an average of 34% in 2016 to 32% in both 2017 and 2018 due to higher expected natural gas prices, while coal's forecast generation share rises from 30% in 2016 to 31% in both 2017 and 2018.
A hefty, much-awaited report from the Department of Energy staff on the state of the U.S. electric grid - with a focus on the grid's reliability - concludes that the shale revolution, by ushering in very low natural gas prices, is the main reason that so much baseload nuclear and coal-fired generation has retired over the last 15 years.
An energy storage and microgrid combination pilot in Eugene, Oregon, is designed to test how the technologies can improve resiliency and response in emergencies. The project is receiving $295,000 in state and federal funding.
Massachusetts lawmakers approved a last-minute energy bill July 31 that, among other things, calls for investor-owned utilities to issue solicitations for 15 to 20-year contracts for offshore wind and sets an energy storage mandate.