In the news today…
- Utility Dive reports that FERC approved MISO reliability contract to keep Ameren Missouri’s Rush Island coal plant operating. The 1,195-MW power plant is necessary to maintain grid reliability, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Monday in a decision approving a “system support resource,” or SSR, agreement for the generating station. The plant had been slated for retirement on September 1, 2022, but Ameren Missouri now expects to keep it running until mid-2025 to support grid reliability.
- E&E News reports that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved a first-of-its-kind effort Wednesday to grapple with the significant transmission challenges of building large offshore wind farms. The regulators approved spending $1 billion Wednesday to upgrade the state’s electricity grid for offshore wind, a move being called transformational for the industry.
- Argus reports a third labor union has rejected a proposed new contract with major US railroads, increasing the potential for a strike as soon as the end of the year.
- Hot Air asks, “What has all that investment in renewables actually bought us?” Answer: Lots of grift.