Vermont State Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Offset Siting Impacts of Solar Facilities

Vermont House lawmaker Charles Shaw, a Republican, introduced legislation on Jan. 22 that would require in-state solar facilities to sell their renewable energy credits to distribution utilities that will apply the credits toward meeting the state’s renewable energy standard, in a bid to balance the local impacts of siting solar installations. Alternatively, the facility would have…

Eversource, United Illuminating File Amended Eight-Year Plan for Renewable Energy Credit Purchases

Connecticut Light & Power Co., an affiliate of Eversource Energy, and The United Illuminating Co. filed amended plans on January 22 for the purchase of renewable energy credits to comply with Connecticut’s Low and Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program.  The annual LREC target for years 6-8 remains approximately $3.2 million for Eversource and approximately…

Liberty Utilities Wins Approval for Customer-Sited Battery Pilot in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission on Jan. 17 authorized Liberty Utilities Co. to install up to 500 Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries behind the meter at customers’ premises under a pilot program intended to achieve customer savings through peak load reductions. Liberty said that the initiative marks the first program in the nation to combine…

Colorado Governor Issues Executive Order to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

Democratic Governor Jared Polis on Jan. 17 issued an executive order detailing initiatives and strategies aimed at facilitating a transition to electric vehicles. Polis said that the transition will support the state’s goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040. The order directs the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment to develop a rule…

Virginia Regulator Asks Dominion Energy to Redo $6 Billion Grid Transformation Plan

The Virginia State Corporation Commission on Jan. 17 turned down a majority of Dominion Energy Inc.’s 10-year, $6 billion grid transformation proposal, finding that the utility had not shown that the costs are prudent. The agency approved only a $150 million cyber and physical security component for the first three-year phase, estimated to cost $1.5…

Avista’s 20-Year Resource Plan Expects Conservation Measures to Offset Natural Gas Demand Growth

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission accepted Avista Utilities’ 2018 integrated resource plan, which lays out a strategy to meet customer demand for natural gas through 2037, according to a Jan. 17 press release. The utility expects energy efficiency and conservation measures to offset anticipated load growth, contrary to its 2016 resource plan, which found that…