NIPSCO Launches Solicitation for 2.6 Gigawatts of Renewables to Phase Out Coal

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC on Oct. 1 issued a request for proposals for 2,600 megawatts of solar, wind, and storage to satisfy a 2023 capacity need identified in its integrated resource plan, which proposes to phase out coal-fired generation by 2028. The company is requesting proposals in three areas:  300 megawatts of…

NYSERDA Releases Best Practice Guidelines To Advance More Resilient and Energy Efficient Buildings Statewide

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released the the NYStretch Energy Code 2020 toolkit, which aims to aid municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects, according to an October 10 press release. The toolkit includes one-page fact sheets describing NYStretch and its benefits, a step-by-step adoption guide…

Dominion to Roll out Largest Electric School Bus Deployment in the Nation, Showcasing Effectiveness of Vehicle-to-Grid

Dominion Energy is seeking state approval in Virginia to deploy the nation’s largest electric school bus program, starting with 50 buses in 2020, then adding 200 per year for the next 5 years, according to an October 10 press release from PJM Interconnection LLC, the grid operator. Dominion expects to spend $13.5 million replacing the first 50…

Massachusetts Regulators Slash National Grid’s Rate Request, Reject $166 Million EV Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued a final order on Oct. 7 approving National Grid’s electric rate request, with a $41.8 million or 32 percent cut to the company’s original application for a $132.2 million hike. Regulators also approved performance-based ratemaking proposals, storm cost recovery and a limited part of the company’s aggressive electric vehicle…

FERC Cybersecurity Report Provides Recommendations to Improve Compliance With Reliability Standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a report on Oct. 4 finding that most of the cyber security protection processes and procedures adopted by registered entities of the bulk power system met the mandatory requirements of the Critical Infrastructure Protection, or CIP, Reliability Standards during fiscal year 2019. The report, based on audits of registered…

Xcel Energy to Launch Subscription Pricing Options for Minnesota Residential EV Charging

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Oct. 7 approved Xcel Energy Inc.’s subscription pilot for electric vehicle charging services for residential ratepayers. The program, which intends to make the energy-related costs of operating electric cars more predictable, allows customers to charge the vehicle for a flat monthly fee for a two-year period, instead of paying for…

ComEd to Test Time-of-Use Rates for Illinois Residential Customers

The Illinois Commerce Commission approved Commonwealth Edison Company’s four-year residential rate pilot designed to incentivize participants to shift their energy use from peak periods to times when energy and capacity costs are lower, according to an Oct. 9 news release. The initiative is also intended to encourage electric vehicle charging during off peak periods, so…