All posts by Joe MacCrory

How #Texas Bitcoin miners kept raking in profits during crypto’s crash: The grid is paying them to shut down

How Texas Bitcoin miners kept raking in profits during crypto’s crash: The grid is paying them to shut down Over the past few years, Bitcoin miners have flocked to Texas, enticed by cheap and readily available power. (You can read about how the state is becoming the Bitcoin mining capital here.) But this summer there’s … Continue reading How #Texas Bitcoin miners kept raking in profits during crypto’s crash: The grid is paying them to shut down

Inflation Reduction Act passes: Climate action, energy security, and economic recovery start today

Inflation Reduction Act passes: Climate action, energy security, and economic recovery start today It caught even seasoned clean energy industry veterans by surprise when West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a deal had been struck on the US Inflation Reduction Act. It includes what’s been described by President Joe … Continue reading Inflation Reduction Act passes: Climate action, energy security, and economic recovery start today

How a battery shortage is hampering the U.S. switch to wind, solar power

How a battery shortage is hampering the U.S. switch to wind, solar power U.S. renewable energy developers have delayed or scrapped several big battery projects meant to store electrical power on the grid in recent months, scuttling plans to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar energy. At least a dozen storage projects meant to … Continue reading How a battery shortage is hampering the U.S. switch to wind, solar power

Don’t Mine Me: ERCOT Requirements May Slow Texas’ New Crypto Currency Mining Operations

Don’t Mine Me: ERCOT Requirements May Slow Texas’ New Crypto Currency Mining Operations As Texas positions itself to become the world’s newest bitcoin mining hub, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”) has recently taken actions that may stall the integration of new cryptocurrency mining operations within the state. Apprehensions about the potential impacts of … Continue reading Don’t Mine Me: ERCOT Requirements May Slow Texas’ New Crypto Currency Mining Operations

Biden To Usher In Cheap Chinese Panels With Solar Power Shake-Up

Biden To Usher In Cheap Chinese Panels With Solar Power Shake-Up There was a mixed reaction yesterday to President Joe Biden’s move to institute a two-year pause on the imposition of additional tariffs and duties on imported Chinese solar panels. The Commerce Department had been investigating allegations of dumping and slave labor by Chinese manufacturers. … Continue reading Biden To Usher In Cheap Chinese Panels With Solar Power Shake-Up

Rethinking California distribution system operations and grid services markets for a high-DER future

Rethinking California distribution system operations and grid services markets for a high-DER future To prepare California for a “high DER future” that could overstress the state’s distribution system, a series of regulatory workshops opened May 3. Distribution system reform is needed as California moves from “firm dispatchable one-way generation to variable two-way generation” that will … Continue reading Rethinking California distribution system operations and grid services markets for a high-DER future