Nuclear power recognized by NY as key to carbon-free generation
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New York will subsidize its nuclear power plants to support its clean energy program goals

Nearly 100 nuclear power plants have been producing about 20% of the total electricity in the U.S. for the last 30 years (as high as 37% in PA).  But recently, abnormally-low natural gas prices and other economic forces have been putting many of these plants in financial danger. This has caused concern by some regulators and stakeholders who want to reduce greenhouse gases, as nuclear power is carbon-free and it would be challenging if not impossible to replace in the near future with renewable sources alone.  For example, an average nuclear power plant producing 1,000 MW of electricity a year would require a wind farm of approximately 300 square miles.

States like Illinois and New York have been on the front lines of this problem, by having some of the most financially at-risk nuclear generating stations within their borders.  But New York is unique in that the PSC has recently approved a market structure that recognizes the value of their carbon-free nuclear generation in order to meet their long-term carbon reduction goals.  Given that there has been little to no action by the federal legislators or market regulators to place any specific value on nuclear in the generating portfolio, some form of this approach could be adopted by other states that seek to maintain and/or reduce their carbon emissions.

Read more:

Nuclear Subsidies Are Key Part of New York's Clean-Energy Plan (NY Times)

Environmental Groups Change Tune on Nuclear Power  (WSJ)

New York PSC approves 50% clean energy standard, nuclear subsidies  (Utility Dive)

After New York props up nuclear power generation sector, is Pennsylvania next?  (Post-Gazette)

Event Watch


Resilient Pittsburgh’s Resilience Fair

September 14 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
South Side Market House, Pittsburgh, PA

The Resilient Pittsburgh Team invites you to an update on the City’s Resilience Strategy.  Local speakers and resource tables will showcase city-wide resilience initiatives that are working to make Pittsburgh and residents stronger.  Bring your thoughts on what a resilient Pittsburgh should look like.  Click here for more info and to register

Shale Insight 2016 Conference

September 21-22, 2016
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

SHALE INSIGHT 2016 will provide participants a front-row seat for the most important discussions on shale development, featuring some of the most prominent industry and government leaders. Attendees will network with the most influential industry executives and innovative thought leaders through two days of technical and public affairs insight sessions, major keynote addresses, and a dynamic exhibit hall featuring all the major shale players.  Join us for a special session on the findings of Inflection Point, the recent workforce demand study for our region produced by the Allegheny Conference.  Click here for more info and to register

Pittsburgh Chemical Day: The Chemistry of Innovation

October 4, 2016
Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh PA

Join industry leaders for a day of networking and insights about where the chemical industry is heading, from embracing digital trends to new regulations to best practices in operations. All proceeds from Pittsburgh Chemical Day go to their Scholarship Fund.  Click here for more info and to register

TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

October 26-27, 2016
Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV

The TransTech Energy Business Development Conference is being held to promote investment in new companies that can provide solutions to energy, environmental, and economic development challenges such as creating new jobs and more competitive industries.
  • Innovators and entrepreneurs: Pitch your company or project to investors, potential strategic partners, and project developers
  • Investors: Find emerging transitional energy and environmental technology companies with near term payback potential
  • Energy companies and manufacturers: Develop strategic partnerships with start-up companies and project developers
Click here for more info and to register

Smart Power & Energy Storage Solutions Partnering Forum

October 26-27, 2016
Tinkham Veale University Center, Cleveland, OH

Hosted by Case Western Reserve University, the AUTM Smart Power and Energy Storage Solutions Partnering Forum is a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the energy storage sector. Among the highlights will be presentations from our industry partners focusing on technological areas of interest and how to best work with their company; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to energy storage solutions and related industries; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering. Technology transfer professionals and industry partners who specialize in energy storage technologies will be in attendance.  Click here for more info and to register

News Clips

NATURAL GAS:   PJM's final Clean Power Plan analysis shows the impacts of cheap natural gas (Utility Dive)

COAL: Retired Coal Miners Urge Lawmakers To Release Funds Needed For Failing Pension System (WESA)  

WIND: The largest wind farm in US history just got the green light (Business Insider)

NUCLEAR: Exelon’s Most Infamous Nuclear Power Plant Is Stuck in Limbo (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: As America’s Top Utility Regulatory Body Overhauls Rate Design, Solar Players Want More Transparency (Greentech Media)

T&D:  The Global Energy Storage Action Is Heading East (Greentech Media)  

EFFICIENCY: DEP releases Climate Action Plan for Pennsylvania (StateImpact)

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