U.S. Lawmaker Proposes Trio of Bills to Boost Battery Projects

Rep. Mark Takano, a Democrat representing California, introduced legislation on Dec. 13 titled “Battery Storage Innovation Act,” which seeks to expand the innovative technology loan guarantee program to include battery storage applications in residential, industrial, and transportation sectors. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the program, authorizing the U.S. Energy Department to issue loan…

Greater Regulatory Clarity Will Facilitate Fair Competition of Storage Resources in Ontario Power Market: Report

The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator issued a report on Dec. 20 identifying obstacles and mitigating strategies to ensure that energy storage resources can be integrated into its market and can compete in the delivery of services when feasible. The report calls for clarity in the market rules, Ontario Energy Board codes, and legislation and…

Hydro One, Avista Ask Washington Regulator to Reconsider Denial of $5.3 Billion Merger Citing ‘Legal Error’

Canada-based Hydro One Limited and Washington-based Avista Corporation said that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission erred in denying their proposed merger because the agency’s risk assessment was based on “generalized fears of political interference” and failed to take into account the commitments that protect the U.S. company from any influence by the Province of…