In the news today…
- Utility Dive reports that Xcel Energy is among a handful of utilities launching new planning departments dedicated to preparing for utility systems and an electric grid of the future.
- Associated Press reports that Puerto Rico privatized its electricity production on Wednesday, selecting Genera PR to take over the operation and maintenance of state power generation units in the U.S. territory as part of an initial $22.5 million annual contract.
- Utility Dive reports that buildings capable of participating in demand response programs while hosting solar generation and battery storage will number more than 202 million in 2031, according to a new estimate.
- Argus reports Blackhawk Mining, one of Central Appalachia’s largest coal producers, is expanding its commercial business, including increasing its presence in thermal coal sales.
- Politico Pro reports a shareholder class-action lawsuit against the developer of the Pebble Mine in Alaska can continue after a judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss the case.
- The Hill reports broad investment in mass transit and reduced reliance on cars could reduce the additional lithium required to transition to electric vehicles by 90 percent, according to research from the Climate and Community Project and the University of California, Davis.