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Principal NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

Peter Kelly-Detwiler has nearly 30 years of experience in the area of electric energy, retail power, and distributed energy assets. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler provides strategic expertise in the areas of...

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  • Dec 22, 2021
  1. ISO's CEO warns limited supply of gas could cause problems with power supply this winter. 
  2. MA awards 1,232 MW of offshore wind to Commonwealth Wind Development and add'l 400 MW to Mayflower Wind Project, while MD PSC awards credits to approved 1,654 MW of its own offshore wind. 
  3. SEIA warns solar installations may grow by 25% less than previously forecast, owing to supply chain issues and rising costs.
  4. CA PUC's proposed on-site solar compensation framework would create new net billing tariff requiring solar customers to use time-of-use rates, w/existing net meter customers transitioned to new tariff 15 years after commissioning. Bill credits for customers adding storage, and a monthly fixed fee of $8/KW of installed solar also in the mix. 
  5. California's CEC's new Building Efficiency Standards mandate all commercial & multi-family homes be equipped w/energy storage, while new resi construction must be storage ready. 
  6. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, BWXT Canada Limited and Synthos Green Energy announce plan to develop minimum of 10 BWRX 300 MW Small Modular Reactors in Poland by early in next decade. 
  7. Modular nuclear manufacturer NuScale Power signs merger agreement w/Spring Valley Acquisition Corp to go public via SPAC, by 2nd half of 2022. NuScale's plans include 77 MW modules that can be daisy-chained w/first projects later for Romania in 2027/2028, and in Utah about a year later. 

#theenergyswitch #modularnuclear #solarenergy #offshorewindenergy

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Bob Meinetz on Dec 22, 2021

"ISO New England's CEO warns of potential weather-related power shortages this winter..."

Now ISONE's CEO is blaming the loss of reliable baseload power from Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, and Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant on a "limited supply of gas", and feels building 1,232 MW of pricey, unreliable offshore wind will help to cure their "weather-related power problems."

Sounds like New Englanders will need to learn the value of cheap, reliable electricity the hard way.

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Peter Kelly-Detwiler on Dec 23, 2021

I'm not sure CEO Gordon van Welie can do an awful lot about state-level policies that are directing the gen mix policy.  He has to deal with the cards as they are dealt.  But yeah, the box we are in seems to get a little narrower with each passing year.  The energy transition is pretty hard, but nuclear likely needs to stick around for a while - wherever it's feasible - as we figure this out.

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Bob Meinetz on Dec 28, 2021

"The energy transition is pretty hard, but nuclear likely needs to stick around for a while - wherever it's feasible - as we figure this out."

Peter, IMO New England will eventually figure out an energy transition to 100% nuclear electricity is the only viable solution for eliminating carbon emissions - especially, in an area of the country with little wind and less solar.

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Peter Kelly-Detwiler on Dec 30, 2021

Hi Bob - that may indeed be the case.  I'm heartened by recent news w/r/t modular nukes from serval companies.  That focus is likely to become clearer in the next 2-3 years, I would imagine.  I am also concerned about the NIMBY issue - I get it, if you're the one living next to the nuclear plant or the new power line, but it has the potential to truly keep us from doing the things that need to be done.

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