Weekly Focus: Positively Charged Energy News

Week Beginning August 1, 2022Europe is facing a potential natural gas crisis this winter, due to the sanctions placed on Russia. Last week, Gazprom slashed natural gas deliveries through its pipeline to just 20% capacity, citing maintenance work. Looking for new ways to conserve energy, one city in Germany banned hot water in public buildings, like government facilities, gyms, and swimming pools. The city of Hanover will also reduce heating in public buildings, disconnect public fountains,…

Renewable Energy Update – July 2022

Focus State considers more aggressive goals for offshore wind development  Eureka Times-Standard – July 2 Last Monday, the California Energy Commission held a workshop regarding potentially advancing higher offshore wind energy goals after setting preliminary targets of 3 GW of development by 2030 and between 10 and 15 GW by 2045. Some at the meeting suggested the goal should be raised to 5 GW by the end of this decade,…

Decarbonization and energy security spur increased interest in New Nuclear-summary of recent developments

While fuel prices skyrocket and energy supply and security concerns continue, interest in nuclear power is gaining momentum around the world. The International Energy Agency (“IEA”) released a June 2022 report entitled “Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions” acknowledging the unique opportunity for nuclear in the context of today’s energy crisis and ambitious decarbonization goals. The report notes that both the challenge of net zero and the impacts of Russia’s invasion of…

Things you need to know about Canada’s growing renewable natural gas utilization

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is natural gas which is produced from renewable and sustainable sources such as food/agricultural waste, landfills, and sewage treatment plants. It is also known as sustainable natural gas or biomethane. After upgrade, RNG is fully interchangeable with pipeline quality conventional natural gas due to the chemical similarities with conventional natural gas (i.e., primarily comprised of methane). RNG, unlike conventional natural gas, does not depend on non-renewable…

Renewable Energy: Key Highlights of the Electricity Bill

A. Introduction – The power generation mix for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (the “NESI”) is dominated by gas with over 70% share of on-grid electricity generation, with hydro supplying the rest1 . As the technical, operational and commercial regulator of the NESI, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (“NERC”) introduced different regulatory measures aimed at improving the Nigerian energy mix through the utilization of renewable energy sources for power generation.…

The Great Natural Gas Price Hike Of 2022 Is Here

Why Natural Gas Prices Just Hit a 14-Year High – As U.S. fuel prices surge fast than crude oil over the last month, the United States is facing an energy crisis that just keeps getting worse – and as Americans suffer at the gas pump, the cost of natural gas is rising rapidly too.  Natural gas, an essential fuel for consumers who use it to heat their homes and generate electricity and industries that use it to create…

Energy Transition and Investor-State Disputes

Past and current investor-state disputes relating to the energy transition may provide valuable lessons for what lies ahead. US$131 trillionAn estimated US$ trillion in investments will be needed by 2050 to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5CSource: International Renewable Energy Agency, World Energy Transition Outlook (June 2021) The global energy sector is transitioning from fossil fuels to increased use of renewable energy. This transition, driven partly by the Paris…

Renewable Energy Update – March 2022

FocusU.S. solar generation up 25% in 2021; renewable energy’s share of power mix set to exceed coal in 2022 PV-Tech – February 28Solar power generation in the U.S. rose by 25.23% in 2021, making it the country’s fastest-growing source of electricity, while renewables accounted for 21.02% of all electricity and look set to surpass coal in terms of total production in 2022. The figures, released in a monthly U.S. Energy Information…

Renewable Energy Incentives in Governor’s Brownfield Cleanup Program Proposal

In her Fiscal Year 2023 Executive Budget, Governor Kathy Hochul is proposing extending and enhancing the highly successful Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”). In addition to extending the BCP an additional ten years, through December 31, 2032, the legislation would also incentivize the development of renewable energy sites across New York State. Renewable energy sites are the focal point of two aspects of the proposed expanded program. First, BCP sites located in…

Technology Trends: Sustainability Is “In” for 2022 and Beyond

Many organizations have longstanding sustainability initiatives for reducing waste through efforts such as recycling or reductions in printing. However, organizations are now also looking to their use of technology to help improve the sustainability of their operations. C-suite technology leaders predict sustainability to be the area where technology has the biggest impact in their organizations in the next three years, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, which cites a survey conducted…