Domestic energy consumption is projected to remain relatively flat over the next three decades, but the fuel mix used to produce electricity is likely to change significantly, the Energy Information Administration says in its latest long-term energy outlook.
Neil Chatterjee, who was recently sworn in as a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is serving as acting chairman, said that his first priority is to "get started on the accumulated backlog" at the federal agency, which until recently was without a quorum.
Legislators working on a comprehensive energy bill must include a strong measure to improve hydropower licensing and relicensing, according to a joint letter from the National Hydropower Association, the American Public Power Association and other electricity trade associations.
Ten draft bills pending before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Energy "represent the beginning of our effort to modernize our energy infrastructure," said Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, at the start of a three-hour hearing on May 3. The hearing focused on ways that Congress could make it easier for hydropower projects and pipeline projects to be approved.
As state regulators in California, Hawaii and New York look at ways to adequately value distributed energy resources, innovators say that there needs to be careful consideration of all the roles that storage can play on the grid. In short, energy storage is more than just batteries, according to a grid storage panel at the Advanced Research Projects Agency " Energy's Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., on March 1.
The American Public Power Association and the public power utilities in Marquette, Michigan and Wellesley, Massachusetts, are among the early participants in the Community Storage Initiative, an effort by electric utilities, environmental groups and manufacturers to promote energy storage technologies in communities across the country.