Massachusetts Legislation Facilitates Grid Connection of 800-Megawatt Vineyard Wind Offshore Project

Massachusetts state lawmakers on July 22 passed a bill that authorizes the Barnstable Town Council to grant an easement for a portion of Covell’s Beach to construct the interconnection between Vineyard Wind LLC’s offshore wind project and the New England power grid. The 800-megawatt project, jointly owned by Avangrid Renewables LLC and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,…

FERC Creates LNG Division to Expand Oversight of Export Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 23 announced the formation of the Division of LNG Facility Review & Inspection to manage the growing number and complexity of proposals to develop liquefied natural gas export terminals. The new division, which will be a part of the agency’s Office of Energy Projects, will include 20 existing…

Community Choice Aggregators Seek Equitable Cost Allocation in PG&E’s Rate Case

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s proposed allocation of customer service-related costs in its rate case for the 2020-2022 period fails to reflect the cost differentials between bundled and unbundled electric distribution customers, according to a group of community choice aggregators operating in the utility’s territory. The differentials have become important with the advent of community…

U.S. Lawmakers Propose Bill to Extend Solar Tax Credit

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat representing Nevada, introduced legislation on July 25 that would provide a five-year extension of the solar investment tax credit at its full 30 percent value. Representative Mike Thompson, a California Democrat, joined by Republican Representatives Paul Cook of California and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, introduced a bipartisan companion…