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  1. Analyst: Doubtful Trump will interfere with renewable energy boom

    An official with Clear View Energy Partners told TransForum East on Nov. 16 that he doubts the incoming Donald Trump administration will go out of its way to jeopardize the booming renewable energy sector. Clear View Vice President and Research Analyst Tim Fox told the conference that President-Elect Donald Trump wants to put emphasis on job creation and renewables have proven to be a big job creator. Don’t expect a big “pivot” away from the national push toward renewable energy, Fox said. “President-elect Trump campaigned for expanding manufacturing jobs,” and renewable energy can be seen as an “America first” source of electricity, Fox said. A more likely scenario would be that Republicans continue to stand behind a gradual phase-out of the major federal renewable tax credits. Fox said that renewables like wind and solar, and the federal tax credits that support them have significant political backing – including among Republicans in Midwest states with a big wind power sector. While many Republicans have voted to support renewables, Democrats are virtually united in their support of clean energy , Fox said. In late 2015, Congress passed a trillion dollar spending and tax credit package that included extension of the investment tax credit and the production tax credit, Fox noted. The ITC policy that supports solar was extended through 2019 and the PTC , which supports wind power, was extended through 2017. It will thereafter be phased out through 2021. In addition, a huge factor in renewable power success has been renewable portfolio standards (RPS) at the state level, Fox said. About half of the states with RPS policies, have Republican governors, Fox said. Fox cautioned, however, that growing renewable energy generation might not necessarily result in a lot of new electric transmission construction. While the public supports renewable power that support might not extend to big transmission infrastructure connected to utility-scale wind and solar projects. Also some FERC policy to encourage transmission construction has had mixed results, Fox said. FERC’s rate-making model is likely to remain under pressure, Fox said. Much of the growth in transmission investment seems to be in smaller, local grid upgrades, Fox said. “Larger [transmission] projects are being delayed or even terminated while smaller projects are moving forward” based on anecdotal evidence, Fox said. The increasing deployment of distributed generation, particularly rooftop solar, could prove a challenge to big transmission projects, Fox said. There is currently a huge fight going on before state commissions on what grid fee structure should be in place for rooftop solar customers and non-rooftop solar customers, Fox said. Rooftop solar appears to be “eating away at the need” for big transmission projects in some situations, Fox said.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. Canadian renewable energy report released prior to First Ministers’ Meeting

    The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CCRE) today released its report, “Canada’s Advantage: A Vision for Renewable Electricity in Canada,” which identifies renewable electricity resources that will cut carbon pollution as Canada shifts from fossil fuels to clean energy.  

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  3. Clean Line Energy CEO: Staying the course critical for HVDC wind transmission projects

    Once work actually begins, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will be the United States’ first long-distance overhead high voltage direct current transmission line constructed in more than 20 years. 

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  4. FERC Order 1000 is working slowly, but it is working

    Panelist David DesLauriers, director, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, noted that all of the regions have their regional plans approved by FERC

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  1. Second day of 2016 TransForum East to highlight large transmission projects , post-election uncertainty

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  2. Second day of TransForum East to highlight transmission projects , election uncertainty

    The event will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  3. PJM Board approves $636M investment in transmission projects

    The PJM Interconnection Board has authorized more than $636 million in electric transmission projects to strengthen the grid and reduce electricity costs.

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

  4. PPL on track to spend more than $1 billion on power grid upgrades

    PPL on Nov. 1 announced 3Q16 reported earnings (GAAP) of $473 million, or 69 cents per share, an increase from 3Q15 reported earnings of $393 million, or 58 cents per share

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  5. PG&E joins Berkshire Hathaway, Pinacle West venture, to pursue transmission projects

    The strategic alliance will focus on California ISO competitive transmission projects that will benefit California customers 

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    Thu, 7 Apr 2016

  6. Kansas Power Pool teams with GridLiance to explore joint transmission projects

    GridLiance’s unit within the Southwest Power Pool will work with KPP’s 31 member cities to jointly plan, construct and operate transmission infrastructure 

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    Thu, 30 Jun 2016

  7. New transmission projects move forward in New England, Midwest, Texas

    The project is expected to be completed by late 2018 at a cost of $52 million.

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    Wed, 24 Aug 2016

  8. PJM authorizes transmission projects for units of Exelon, AEP, FirstEnergy

    The proposal originated out of PJM’s competitive process for transmission improvements

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

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