New England Solar Generation Projected to More Than Double Through 2027: Annual Outlook

The New England electric grid is moving towards a hybrid system marked by a transition from conventional to renewable generation, and from centrally-dispatched generation to distributed resources, according to the ISO New England Inc.’s 2019 annual outlook. Over 150,000 behind-the-meter solar panels were installed across the region’s six states, with a combined capacity of nearly…

Natural Gas Dethrones Coal in Nation’s Largest Wholesale Electricity Market

Natural gas accounted for nearly 31 percent of power generation in PJM Interconnection LLC’s footprint in 2018, surpassing coal’s share of about 29 percent, according to a March 18 report from the grid operator’s market monitor. Nuclear power dominated the region’s generating sector representing about 34 percent of the generation mix last year. Renewables had…...

FERC Seeks Input to Enhance Transmission Incentive, Return on Equity Policies

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 21 issued notices of inquiry to gather information on possible improvements to rules governing electric transmission incentives and the agency’s approach to determining the return on equity, or ROE, for setting jurisdictional rates charged by public utilities. Transmission incentives are crucial to spur investment, which can provide benefits,…

Clean Line Energy Wins Missouri Approval for $2.3 Billion Wind Power Line

The Missouri Public Service Commission on March 20 unanimously approved Clean Line Energy Partners LLC’s 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission system designed to deliver 4,000 megawatts of wind power from Western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and the neighboring states. The move follows a July 2018 ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court, which found that…...

Dominion Strikes Deal With Connecticut Utilities to Keep Millstone Nuclear Plant Open

Democratic Governor Ned Lamont announced that Dominion Energy Inc. reached a deal with Connecticut’s two electric utility companies, units of Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc., to retain the 2,100-megawatt Millstone nuclear facility. The 10-year agreement lowers the incremental ratepayer cost by nearly half compared to the original bid that was accepted last year as part…...