In the news today and from the weekend…
- Energy News Network reports that Xcel Energy is partnering with community groups to develop “resilience hubs” in three Minneapolis neighborhoods where solar and storage-powered microgrids will provide emergency back-up power and added grid balancing options.
- Inside Climate News reports a team of U.S. researchers is studying how power outages affect public health, part of a growing new field known as climate epidemiology.
- Bloomberg reports as searing Texas heat drives power demand to record highs, the state’s grid operator is ordering plants to run at a historic pace, often forcing them to put off maintenance to keep cranking out electricity.
- Argus reports President Joe Biden’s administration is offering more than $2.6mn to support the development of carbon capture, storage and transport technologies.
- E&E Climatewire reports EPA could face additional difficulties in regulating carbon emissions from the power sector, after Sen. Joe Manchin blew up negotiations last week over a climate spending package that would have broadened tax incentives for carbon capture and storage technology.