New York Governor Announces $173 Million to Modernize Ageing State Power Grid, Improve Resilience

Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced on Oct. 5 that two new initiatives, funded by the New York Power Authority at a total of $173 million, will help the New York Power Authority collect data more quickly and accurately through the installation of advanced sensors at facilities across the state, enabling the public power organization…

Michigan Regulator Lifts Suspension on Consumers Energy’s Avoided Costs Paid to Small Renewable Power Producers

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Oct. 5 ruled that avoided costs set for Consumers Energy Co. last November can take effect, dismissing contentions that the utility has no capacity need for the next 10 years. The commission ruled that the integrated resource plan will be used to determine annual capacity requirements and that capacity…

Invenergy Renewables Wins FERC Approval to Sell 160-Megawatt Wind Farm in Michigan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 5 authorized Pine River Wind Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Invenergy Renewables LLC, to sell its 161-megawatt wind generation project to DTE Electric Company. The wind facility, which is under construction, will be interconnected to the transmission system controlled by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc.’s market. DTE…

Potomac Electric Power Unveils $15 Million Electric Vehicle Program for DC Customers

The Potomac Electric Power Company proposed a transportation electrification program consisting of 13 offerings estimated to cost about $15.2 million, with projected ratepayer costs of about $9.9 million after accounting for participant contributions, revenues from public chargers, and funds from the ”MEDSIS” initiative that aims to modernize the energy delivery system, according to an Oct.…

Michigan Regulator Clears Consumer Energy’s Green Pricing Programs for Voluntary Renewable Electricity Purchases

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Oct. 5 approved Consumers Energy Company’s voluntary green pricing programs that allow customers to meet a portion of their electricity needs from renewable energy resources. The programs stem from legislation enacted in 2016 that requires all electric utilities, including regulated, municipally owned, cooperatives, and alternative suppliers, to give customers…