Illinois Regulator Approves $103 Million Rate Hike for Ameren’s Electric, Gas Services

The Illinois Commerce Commission authorized $71.6 million in additional revenue for Ameren Illinois Company’s electric service, resulting in a $4 increase in monthly residential bills, according to a Nov. 1 press release. The commission approved $31.7 million rate increase for the company’s gas delivery service, raising monthly bills by about $3.50. The gas rates take effect…

Texas Grid Operator Reports Adequate Supplies to Serve Winter, Spring Peak Demand

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas forecasts a peak demand of 61,780 megawatts for the upcoming winter from December through February 2019, according to a Nov. 1 press release. The grid operator expects nearly 80,000 megawatts of resource capacity to be available for peak demand this winter. Since the preliminary winter assessment released in September,…

EDF Renewable Energy Wins U.S. Approval for 500-Megawatt Solar Project in California

The Bureau of Land Management authorized EDF Renewable Energy Inc.’s Palen Solar Project, a 500-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility that would span 3,478 acres of federal lands in Riverside County, California. The project, expected to come online in 2020, would be located in the bureau’s Solar Energy Zone and Development Focus Area that has been designated…

PJM Finds ‘No Imminent Threat’ to Fuel Security, Seeks Market-Based Solutions to Address Long-Term Concerns

PJM Interconnection LLC released its fuel security analysis on Nov. 1 finding that its system is reliable and can endure prolonged periods of highly stressed conditions. The study analyzed over 300 scenarios that could occur from 2023 considering generation retirements, customer demand, fuel delivery, and fuel disruptions. The results underscored that in a sustained cold…