April 2022: A Review

This month in energy saw the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) move forward with electric regional transmission reforms, President Biden’s $6 billion effort to rescue nuclear power plants at risk of closing, and the renewed attention on carbon dioxide removal as articulated in the IPCC’s latest report.

Read more below.

FERC Moves Forward Towards Transmission Reform
FERC started the process of implementing transmission reforms for regional planning as the grid struggles to adjust to increased load as more and more renewable generation is connected. As part of the reform, FERC has said it will require public utility transmission providers to conduct Long-Term Regional Transmission Planning to meet new transmission demands as the grid adjusts to new generation inputs.

Publications on Transmission

Creating a National HVDC Transmission Network
May 5, 2022
Day One Project
NextGen Highways Feasibility Study for the Minnesota Department of Transportation: Buried High-Voltage Direct Current Transmission
April 13, 2022
NGI Consulting, The Ray, Great Plains Institute, Satterfield Consulting, Tracy Warren, 5 Lakes Energy.
NCEP Mini Guide on on Transmission Siting: State Agency Decision Making
February 9, 2022
National Council on Electricity Policy
DER Integration into Wholesale Markets and Operations
January 28, 2022
Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG)
Value of Local Transmission Planning
December 20, 2021
Transmission Siting Reforms in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021
December 13, 2021
Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law
A Roadmap to Improved Interregional Transmission Planning
November 30, 2021
Brattle Group
Clean Energy and Transmission Factsheet
October 25, 2021
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Just & Reasonable? Transmission Upgrades Charged to Interconnecting Generators Are Delivering System-Wide Benefits
September 9, 2021
American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE), ICF
How Are We Going to Build All That Clean Energy Infrastructure?
August 23, 2021
Clean Air Task Force, Niskanen Center


President Biden Launches $6 Billion to Save Distressed Nuclear Power Plants

The Biden administration has pledged $6 billion in spending to help keep open financially struggling nuclear power plants. The program is funded through the recent infrastructure package and is part of the administration’s push to fight climate change.
April 9, 2021
November 19, 2021

Publications on Nuclear Power

Building a Framework for Post-Nuclear Accident Recovery Preparedness
May 18, 2022
Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
Meeting Climate Change Targets: The Role of Nuclear Energy
May 12, 2022
Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
Fission Vision: Doubling Nuclear Energy Production to Meet Clean Energy Needs
April 21, 2022
Nuclear Innovation Alliance
Harmonizing the Nuclear Licensing Process for Emerging Technologies: A Global Path Forward
April 7, 2022
Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
ESG Frameworks and Advanced Nuclear Energy
March 25, 2022
Nuclear Innovation Alliance
Southern Company’s Troubled Vogtle Nuclear Project
January 21, 2022
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
The Value of Nuclear Microreactors in Providing Heat and Electricity to Alaskan Communities
November 21, 2021
MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
Nuclear Waste Cleanup: DOE Needs to Better Coordinate and Prioritize Its Research and Development Efforts
October 28, 2021
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Carbon Dioxide Removal Imperative to Meet Climate Targets Says IPCC Report
The IPCC’s recent report has set out that a small window exists to limit global warming to 1.5° C, but only if the world economy quickly shifts away from all fossil fuels right away. The report is adamant that cutting off new greenhouse gas emissions won’t be enough, carbon removal technologies must be utilized at scale.
June 29, 2021

Publications on Carbon Dioxide Removal

DOE’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Removal Programs
April 4, 2022
Congressional Research Service (CRS)
Understanding the Differences Between Carbon Capture & Carbon Dioxide Removal
March 31, 2022
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Carbon Dioxide Removal: A Must-Have Tool for the Climate Challenge
March 2, 2022
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Guidance for Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal Projects
December 8, 2021
Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program
Reaching Climate Objectives – The Role of Carbon Dioxide Removals
October 27, 2021
Energy Transitions Commission
Ensuring Good Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal
July 16, 2021
Day One Project
Climate Policy Enters Four Dimensions
December 10, 2020
Aspen Economic Strategy Group