In the news today…
- E&E News reports that Willie Phillips, the new acting chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will likely advance proposed rules for the power grid, including efficiently connecting new energy projects and building out new long-distance power lines, while avoiding significant changes such as the commission’s process for reviewing natural gas pipeline applications. Phillips, a Democrat, has a voting record similar to that of former Chairman Richard Glick (D), who stepped down at the end of last year after failing to secure a renomination hearing, which was blocked by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
- Energy News Network reports that in Connecticut, frustration grows over inability to access Canadian hydropower because of stalled transmission line projects, which some say underscores the need for better interstate collaboration.
- Associated Press reports that DTE Energy is partnering with Michigan labor unions to train prisoners for tree-trimming jobs, which are crucial for the utility’s grid infrastructure program.
- Associated Press reports that opponents of the largest lithium mine planned in the U.S. urged a federal judge in Nevada on Thursday to vacate the U.S. government’s approval of the project until it completes additional environmental reviews and complies with all state and federal laws.
- Mining.com reports from Reuters that a US judge said on Thursday she will rule “in the next couple of months” on whether former President Donald Trump erred in 2021 when he approved Lithium Americas Corp’s Thacker Pass lithium mining project in northern Nevada.