U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources Discusses Expedited Permitting for Mines

Good news for infrastructure, including mining projects!  On March 21st, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources chaired by Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) held a hearing on infrastructure and discussed permitting timeline delays in the U.S.  Notably, Gosar stated: “Aggregates such as crushed stone, sand and gravel are the literal foundation of many of …

Wind Reaches “High Water Mark”

A recent American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) report indicates that in 2015, wind surpassed hydroelectricity in U.S. installed capacity. The nation’s hydroelectric generating facilities had long been the largest source of renewable energy capacity. Thanks to the extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind generation resources through 2019 (with a gradual phase down …

Onward for Oncor

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Delaware bankruptcy judge overseeing the Energy Future Holdings Corp. Chapter 11 bankruptcy, stated that the most recent plan for emergence from Chapter 11 met the standards for confirmation. While two objections to confirmation remain to be resolved, Judge Christopher S. Sontchi said Thursday that the plan met the requirements …

New Merchant Transmission Line Approved in Arizona

At its February 7, 2017 Open Meeting, the Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”) approved a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility (“CEC”) for the Southline Transmission Project (“Project”).  Docket No. L-00000AAA-16-0370-000173.  The Commission adopted the CEC approved on December 22, 2016 by the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee (“Committee”). The Commission added a new condition …

Energy Efficiency Pioneer, Arthur Rosenfeld, Dies at Age 90

The New York Times reported in its January 30, 2017 edition the passing of Arthur Rosenfeld.  Widely recognized as the “father of energy efficiency”, Rosenfeld diligently pursued energy efficiency measures until his retirement at age 83, after which he continued to speak frequently on methods to reduce electricity consumption. Dr. Rosenfeld’s first foray into the …

Rocky Mountain Region One Step Closer to an RTO?

On January 6, 2017, following nearly four years of discussions, the entities comprising the Mountain West Transmission Group (MWTG) announced that they are exploring “potential participation with an existing regional transmission organization (RTO).”  As a first step toward possible membership in an RTO, MWTG members announced that they will have further, detailed discussions with the …

A Potential Shift in Focus for Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard

Arizona’s Corporation Commission is considering the modernization and expansion of Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (Commission Docket No. E-00000Q-16-0289).  The current Chairman of the Commission, Doug Little, has suggested doubling the amount of power that Arizona utilities obtain from renewable sources from 15 percent to 30 percent by 2030.  On December 9, 2016, Commissioner …