MISO Proposes Market Rules for Electric Storage Resource Category

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. on Dec. 3 proposed revisions to facilitate deeper integration of energy storage resources across its region. The grid operator proposed a new electric storage resource category providing unique modeling, offer parameters, operating limitations, and settlement provisions that recognize the characteristics of energy storage resources. MISO said that the filing…

Massachusetts Energy Plan Calls for Targeted Energy Efficiency Deployment

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources released the state’s first energy plan on Dec. 12 that recommends a policy strategy that continues to bolster renewable energy, prioritizes energy efficiency and peak demand reductions, and support grid modernization and advanced technologies to meet the state’s energy and emission goals. The plan, required by a 2016 executive…

California Examines Rules for Proactive De-energization of Power Lines During Wildfire Threats

The California Public Utilities Commission launched a proceeding to explore how de-energization has affected the state and examine ways to refine the practice to ensure safety and minimize unintended consequences, according to a Dec. 13 press release. The agency aims to study the conditions in which proactive and planned de-energization takes place and also examine whether…

New York Adopts Targets to Achieve 3 Gigawatts Energy Storage, Double Energy Efficiency Progress

The New York Public Service Commission on Dec. 13 set an energy storage target of 3,000 megawatts by 2030 pursuant to legislation enacted last year, with an interim goal of 1,500 megawatt by 2025. The new storage target is the most ambitious nationwide compared to California’s goal of 1,300 megawatts by 2020 and New Jersey’s recently adopted target of…

South Carolina Regulators Clear Dominion, SCANA Merger Resolving Issues Over Failed Nuclear Project

The South Carolina Public Service Commission on Dec. 14 voted unanimously to approve Dominion Energy Inc.’s proposed purchase of SCANA Corporation, settling a 17-month legal battle that began in July last year when SCANA subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas Company and state-owned Santee Cooper decided to abandon a $9 billion project to build two…