How to Make the Grid Secure

LCG March 1, 2021--February’s winter weather has brought a new level of uncertainty to the Texas grid, on top of rapid renewables growth and hot summer weather. Not only did the blackouts solidify the need to plan for extreme weather in winter and summer, but they also brought Texas residents, the governor, and the legislature into a public conversation about demand-supply planning.

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Long Ridge Energy Announces Plans to Allow Transition to 100 Percent Hydrogen

LCG, March 4, 2021--Ohio's Long Ridge Energy Generation is retrofitting its 485-MW combined-cycle power plant to use a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen, making it the nation's first large gas turbine plant to transition operations to hydrogen fuel.

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Industry News

Climate Trading Gains Momentum in EU

LCG, June 25, 2003--Lawmakers for the European Union will put a measure that would create a system for trading of carbon dioxide emission allowances to a vote before the European Parliament next Wednesday.

If approved, it would require that companies in industries such as oil refining, steel, cement, ceramics, glass and paper manufacturing release emissions based on tradable permits that would be priced by the market. The European Union could make progress towards emission reductions under the United Nations Kyoto Protocol. No decisions have been made yet on how to allocate the initial set of emission credits to particular industries, although the credits would be allocated by January 2005.

If companies fail to reduce emissions to match the number of credits they have or do not buy enough additional credits, they would have to pay fines of 40 euros per ton, and 100 euros by 2008. The trading of credits by EU companies would be allowed only within the EU at first, but might be allowed with companies elsewhere at a later date.
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