Dec 19, 2013

Energy legislation analysis for 50 states

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As the year winds to a close, and as legislators and other advanced energy stakeholders prepare for 2014, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) recently published an end-of-year analysis of energy legislation in all 50 states.

CNEE’s analysis of the year’s activity, “2013 Year in Review – State Advanced Energy Legislation,” examines 589 bills enacted across nine policy categories of energy policy legislation including key policy trends this session. The nine categories tracked are economic development, electricity generation, emissions, energy efficiency, financing/financial incentives, infrastructure, natural gas development, regulatory, and transportation.

“If we look at where the country is going on advanced energy policy, overwhelmingly that transition is being led by states,” said Bill Ritter, Jr., director of CNEE and former governor of Colorado. “To get the pulse of where the country is going we need to understand what the states are doing. AEL Tracker has allowed our Center to conduct academic energy policy analysis throughout the year. In 2013 there were 3,236 advanced energy-related bills introduced of which 589 were signed into law by governors. We have summarized the enacted bills in this year-end paper.”

CNEE’s Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker is an online database of state energy legislation introduced in all 50 states. This first-of-its-kind database, the AEL Tracker identifies, categorizes and tracks these bills through the legislative process. Created in partnership with

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), AEL Tracker enables CNEE to conduct analysis of trends in state energy legislation.

Since AEL Tracker was launched May 2013, the Center has published trends analysis on topics related to energy efficiency, financing policies, balanced natural gas development, renewable portfolio standards, and public utilities. The AEL Tracker website can be accessed at

CNEE is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
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Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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