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Dems' 'Action Plan': Carbon prices, Net-zero emissions

E&E News Summary Democrats on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will recommend a federal clean electricity standard, a carbon price and a national net-zero emissions goal, as part of the wide-ranging report they will officially unveil Tuesday, June 30. The long-awaited...


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Comprehensive Senate Energy Bill Draws Industry, Bipartisan Support, But Lags on Tax Credits, Efficiency

Utility Dive Summary A comprehensive Senate energy package has a better chance than most energy bills of getting through Congress, according to some policy watchers. But opposition from groups opposed to its inclusion of fossil fuels and exclusion of tax credits for renewables and electric...


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IDEA is Supporting the Financing Our Energy Future Act (S.1841/H.R.3249)

IDEA is supporting the Financing Our Energy Future Act (S.1841/H.R.3249). U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ron Estes (R-KS-04) have re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving...


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A Capital Case for Microgrids

Summary Utility regulators in Washington, D.C. launched the Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (“MEDSIS”) working group process to formulate recommendations for modernizing the city's electricity grid in furtherance of achieving climate and renewable energy...

1.3_Berendt_MG Workshop.pdf


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New Energy Star Standards mean many D.C. buildings will need upgrading

JLL, Washington Business Journal Summary On Jan. 19, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, sweeping legislation that demonstrates the District’s commitment to addressing the effects of climate change. This legislation sets ambitious...


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DC Commission's Proceedings Create Detailed Grid Modernisation Actions

Jared Leader and Robert Tucker, Smart Energy International Summary After an important 1942 victory that helped turn the tide during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the...


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MRC Participates in DC MEDSIS Working Group; Submits Final Report

On May 31, 2019, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) submitted its final report to the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia in the Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability (MEDSIS) effort. The MEDSIS working group process kicked off in August 2018...

MEDSIS Stakeholder Working Group Final Report v1.0.pdf


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District of Columbia Considers New Regulated Entity: The Microgrid Operator

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary A report released late last week for the nation’s capital calls for a new regulated entity known as a microgrid operator, part of the city’s far-reaching effort to modernize its electric grid. The 433-page report came out of a multi-year effort...


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IDEA and ASHRAE Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement for enhanced collaboration on policy, education and training on building efficiency and district energy/CHP/microgrids IDEA and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the...


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With storm hardening 'a larger focus,' DC approves PEPCO underground distribution lines

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive Summary The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the D.C. Public Service Commission's (DCPSC) 2017 approval of a proposed $500 million Pepco program to operate a number of the utility's power lines and ancillary services underground...