Transmission & Distribution

Québec, New England See Shifting Role for Canadian Hydropower
With the days of endless cheap hydropower in Québec coming to an end, and the Northeastern U.S. hoping to rapidly scale up intermittent renewables, the two regions may be forced to fundamentally reconsider the role of hydropower on the grid. 
Three Mile Bay Fire Company
Insurer: Majority of BESS Failures are in First Two Years
A new report indicates battery energy storage system failures are ramping up with the spread of the technology, and most often occur in new systems. 
Fossil Retirements to Slow Briefly as Solar and Storage Proliferate
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that fossil fuel generation retirements will slow in 2024 and that solar and storage will dominate capacity additions. 
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Engineering Firm Finds Quality Problems in BESS Manufacturing
Quality control problems affect a sizable number of new energy storage systems, creating potential safety and performance risks, a new report indicates.
Md. Lawmakers Load up on Clean Energy Bills
More than 70 energy-related laws have been introduced in the first month of the Maryland General Assembly’s 2024 session.
NY Fire Code Updates Recommended for BESS Facilities
A task force formed in the wake of significant fires at three grid-scale battery energy storage systems has recommended new safety protocols for the facilities in New York state.
LDES Council
Long-duration Storage Key to Calif. Energy Goals, Report Says
A recent study found that deploying 37 GW of long-duration energy storage could help bring California to zero emissions by 2045.
Clean Energy Advocates Call on States to Step up Support for Storage
While the deployment of utility-scale battery storage has accelerated in recent years, additional regulatory and policy support is needed to scale up the industry, a panel of experts convened by CESA said.
NYPSC Approves Advanced Transmission Tech Working Group
The NYPSC has established the Advanced Technology Working Group to identify and deploy new clean energy technologies, supporting the state’s net-zero goals.
Mass. Lawmakers Aiming for an Omnibus Climate Bill in 2024
“The clock is ticking,” Sen. Mike Barrett, Senate co-chair of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, told NetZero Insider.

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