Our June 2022 Power Generation & Supply Market Recap is a snapshot of the data and information we curate. We share industry drivers, notable projects, recent mergers and acquisitions, interesting reads, and updates on upcoming meetings and conferences.
Our data team tracks new and updated industry drivers. Here are some recent drivers we have been following this month:
FACT SHEET: Initiative to Modernize Building Codes, Improve Climate Resilience, and Reduce Energy Costs
Organization: White House
Summary: On June 1, 2022, the Biden-Harris administration launched a new national building codes initiative, a key strategy to address the climate crisis and reduce energy costs. The program will incentivize and support the adoption of modernized building codes and standards by "providing technical assistance, implementing proven strategies and best practices — such as those in the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Codes Strategy — across all relevant agencies in the federal government." The Department of Energy (DOE) will deploy $225 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support building energy code adoption, enforcement, training, and technical assistance at the state and local levels.
National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program
Organization: U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Summary: On June 9, 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a set of minimum standards and requirements for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure projects. It sought public comments on or before August 22, 2022. The new Nationwide Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, formed by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will make over $5 billion available to states over the next five years to build up a national EV charging network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030. Missouri state will submit its plan to the FHWA on August 1, 2022, which recommends how Missouri will organize the placement of charging stations along interstate travel corridors. Missouri will get $98.9 million of the $5 billion NEVI formula money for fiscal years 2022-2026 to develop electric car charging infrastructure. The NEVI funding will pay up to 80% of eligible project expenditures.
2022-H 7277A - Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers-Renewable Energy
Organization: Rhode Island Legislature
Summary: On June 14, 2022, the Rhode Island House of Representatives approved legislation that requires electric suppliers to procure 100% renewable electricity by 2033. The bill increases the annual percentage of renewable electricity sales and takes it to 100% clean energy in just over a decade. The bill has been forwarded to the Senate, which approved identical legislation last month. The legislation institutes a firm commitment and timeline toward shifting Rhode Island toward renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. In 2020, nearly 89% of Rhode Island’s electricity was generated by natural gas, and the remaining from solar, wind, and biomass resources, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The legislation increases the renewable target by an additional 4% in 2023; 5% in 2024; 6% in 2025; 7% in 2026 and 2027; 7.5% in 2028; 8% in 2029, 8.5% in 2030, 9% in 2031 and 9.5% in 2032 to achieve the goal of 100% of Rhode Island’s electricity demand being offset by renewable energy by 2033 and thereafter.
We track notable projects from the proposal stage to becoming effective. Here are some of the recent notable projects we have been tracking.
$2.2 Billion Gregory County Pumped Storage
Type: Generation - Offshore Wind
Organization: Avangrid, Inc.
Summary: In December 2021, Avangrid, Inc. was selected to construct the Commonwealth Wind project in Massachusetts. The project is a 1,232 megawatt (MW) offshore wind project that will generate enough energy to power 750,000 homes annually. The project will be developed in an area at least 22 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, designated by the federal government in 2015, following a strict environmental review that included many communities and stakeholders. Geotechnical survey work for the proposed project started in June 2022. The M/V Regulus, operated by Fugro USA Marine, will be conducting the work until August 31, 2022. Iberdrola, the Avangrid parent company, awarded a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project with over $4 billion investment.
$830 Million Coolidge Expansion Project
Type: Generation Gas - Fired Combustion Turbine
Organization: Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement & Power District
Summary: On December 13, 2021, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement & Power District filed for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility with the Arizona Corporation Commission for the proposed Coolidge Expansion Project. The project is a natural gas-fired 28 simple-cycle power plant in Coolidge, Arizona. It consists of 16 General Electric l.M6000 PC SPRINT NxGen individual simple-cycle combustion turbine generator units that produce up to 51.25 megawatts (MW), totaling 820 MW. The project includes a 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line, interconnection facilities, and a new 500 kV switchyard, which the Salt River Project may later convert to a 500/230 kV substation. The construction started on July 1, 2022, and will be in service on December 31, 2025. The estimated cost of the project is $830 million.
$500 Million Morro Bay Battery Energy Storage System
Type: Energy Storage - BESS
Organization: Morro Bay Power Company, LLC
Summary: On June 3, 2022, Morro Bay Power Company, LLC, submitted a Notice of Project (NOP)/Environmental Impact Report Project Description of the proposed Morro Bay Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Project. The project will consist of approximately 2,400 racks containing lithium-ion batteries with a storage capacity of 200 megawatts (MW) for a total storage capacity of 600MW. The battery modules are about 9 to 24 feet tall, depending on stacked racking systems. The project will also include three substations, each BESS having a transmission generation-tie line to connect to the PG&E substation. The dimensions of each substation would be roughly 218 feet by 228 feet and about 30 feet tall. The three proposed substations would connect to the existing, adjacent PG&E switchyard. About nine new transmission line poles (one 230-kilovolt (kV) double circuit transmission line pole and eight 230-kV single-circuit transmission line poles) with a maximum height of 105 feet would be required for connection to PG&E's existing 95-foot dead-end structures. The construction began on January 1, 2022, and will be in service on January 1, 2026. The estimated cost of the project is $500 million to build.
$341.6 Million Great Pathfinder Wind Project
Type: Generation - Onshore Wind
Organization: Great Pathfinder Wind, LLC
Summary: On May 19, 2022, Great Pathfinder Wind, LLC, submitted a Notice of Self-Certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the proposed Great Pathfinder Wind project located in Boone and Hamilton Counties, Iowa. The project is a 225 megawatt (MW) onshore wind power project developed by Apex Clean Energy Holdings. The project will have 74 turbines, each with a 3.03 MW nameplate capacity. It will start its commercial operations on October 31, 2022, and the estimated cost of building the project is $341.6 million.
$173 Million Gorman-Kern River Project
Type: Generation - Solar
Organization: Southern California Edison Company
Summary: On May 3, 2022, Southern California Edison Company filed to the State of California Public Utilities Commission to approve the proposed Gorman-Kern River Project. The project will involve constructing electrical facilities with voltages between 50 kilovolts (kV) and 200 kV. It will remediate discrepancies and address reliability concerns along approximately 65 miles of 66 kV sub-transmission lines by rebuilding and replacing infrastructure. The construction will begin on November 1, 2024, and will be in service on October 31, 2026. The estimated cost of the project is $173 million.
The following M&A transactions in the Power Generation and Supply Industry stand out in the month of June:
- On June 28, 2022, Clearway Energy agreed to acquire operating wind projects from Capistrano Wind Partners for $255 million.
What We Are Reading
Here are some recent articles our team has been reading:
- Hydropower’s future is clouded by droughts, floods and climate change – it’s also essential to the US electric grid
- Natural gas legislation: What multifamily developers, owners need to know
- DOE launches grid interconnection initiative to cut ‘gridlock’ hampering clean energy progress
- Governor Hochul Announces 22 Large-scale Renewable Energy Projects to Deliver Clean, Affordable Energy to New Yorkers
- Pacific Northwest plan calls for 3.5 GW of renewables, more energy efficiency by 2027
- Southwestern Electric Power Company plans 800MW of new onshore wind farms in Oklahoma and Texas
- Here’s what has to happen before CPS Energy can shut down its last coal plant
- DOE closes on $504M loan guarantee for Utah hydrogen storage project with 150 GWh seasonal capacity
- Xcel Energy-Colorado gets green light for $2B transmission project
- NextEra Energy plans to cut all carbon emissions by 2045, partly via FPL adding 140 GW of solar, storage
- Three Georgia power plants land on list of nation’s dirtiest
- New York regulators approve new transmission cost analysis approach, bill credits, 135 MW battery facility
- CS Energy Secures Large-Scale Solar Portfolio in New York
- Ameren Missouri to add more renewable energy — and fracked gas — in updated plan
- Minnesota court weighs in on rural solar land use disputes
- Michigan regulators approve Consumers Energy plan to end coal use by 2025
- Power cost hike, supply crunch ahead as last Hawaii coal plant closes
- Colorado Regulators Approve Plan That Phases Out Coal By 2031
- Alliant, We Energies walk back Wisconsin coal retirement plans in light of MISO’s expected capacity shortfalls
- White House unveils 11-state partnership to boost offshore wind development, domestic supply chain
- NextEra breaks ground on 110 MW wind farm in Minnesota
- New 195.5MW solar coupled with storage system powered up in Georgia
- CAISO’s proposed ‘emergency’ interconnection process could hurt pending projects: Vistra
- We Energies and Alliant Energy coal plants in Wisconsin to stay open longer due to energy supply fears
- Georgia Power to launch single largest beneficial use project for coal ash in U.S.
- States Back Rehearing in Signal Peak Coal Mine Expansion Dispute
- Will carbon capture help clean New Mexico’s power, or delay its transition?
- Biden Administration Launches $500 Million Program to Transform Mines Into New Clean Energy Hubs
- Facing multiple hurdles, OPPD delays power plant retirement and fuel-switch plans
- EPA regional ozone proposal threatens electric reliability: RTOs, state utility regulators
- New Jersey authorizes PSE&G to spend $511M on 4-year grid modernization program
Organizations have shifted their event strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are tracking these changing meeting plans.
Meetings in July and August 2022
- PE HydroVision International - July 12 - July 14, 2022
- IEEE - PES General Meeting - July 17 - July 21, 2022
- USWAG CCR Workshop - Aug. 8 - Aug. 10, 2022
- AWEA American Clean Power Week - Aug. 15 - Aug. 19, 2022
- AESP Summer Con - Aug. 16 - Aug. 18, 2022
- ICMA National Brownfields Training Conference - Aug. 16 - Aug. 19, 2022
- ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Aug. 21 - Aug 26, 2022
Early Bird Registration
- Event: AESP Summer Con
Dates: Aug. 16 - Aug. 18, 2022
Deadline for Early Registration: July 15, 2022
- Event: AshTrans Transglobal Ash Conference
Dates: Sept. 5 - Sept. 6, 2022
Deadline for Early Registration: July 16, 2022
- Event: AEE World Energy Conference & Expo
Dates: Sept. 21 - Sept. 23, 2022
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 1, 2022
- Event: ICMA National Brownfields Training Conference
Dates: Aug. 16 - Aug. 19, 2022
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 15, 2022
- Event: ICMA Annual Conference
Dates: Sept. 17 - Sept. 21, 2022
Deadline for Early Registration: Aug. 17, 2022
Call for Papers
- Event: ESNA Intersolar North America and Energy Storage North America
Dates: Feb. 14- Feb. 16, 2022
Deadline for Early Registration: July 31, 2022