EnerKnol Platform adds extensive electricity rate information from RateAcuity, building on largest collection of U.S. energy policy data in the world. New York, NY – October 11, 2017 – EnerKnol, Inc., creator of the world’s most comprehensive digital Platform for tracking U.S. energy policy, has teamed up with leading data firm RateAcuity™ to provide seamless…
Interview: ABB Discusses Unrelenting Growth of Wind, Solar in America in the Face of Major Policy Setbacks
Kathy Jones, a consultant with ABB focusing on energy markets, renewables and environmental rules, talks about the continued rise of wind and solar despite policy setbacks.
New York is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars to jump start its solar market. Those efforts are just now starting to bear dramatic results. In the first quarter developers filed requests to connect solar projects to the state’s grid totalling over 670 megawatts of generating capacity, according to a report by the New York…
A $3 billion natural gas pipeline to serve Florida and the greater southeast is ready to start in less than a week, the first in a series of projects aimed at boosting supplies of the power plant fuel to the region.
Federal authorities cleared Cheniere to advance start up activities at a fourth LNG production plant at its Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana, the nation's first terminal to export U.S. shale gas.
Angelique Mercurio, chief executive of EnerKnol, discusses shifts in U.S. midcontinent state policies affecting renewable energy with Argus….
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Virginia’s Legislative Package and Dominion’s IRP Reflect New Role for Clean Energy
Virginia has enacted a suite of clean energy bills that will help expand renewable energy and energy efficiency across the state. The legislation increases opportunities for community solar, pumped storage, battery technologies, and green development zones, bringing a remarkable turn in a state that has generally lingered over clean energy development. Amid legislative efforts to advance Virginia’s clean energy future, the state’s largest utility Dominion Energy also presented solar as a central piece of its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. The new legislative package and the underlying market developments set Virginia up for a sustainable energy policy that supports economic development.
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – FERC Technical Conference Signals Market Reforms to Accommodate State Policies
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a technical conference to determine whether state policies and objectives can be achieved through market mechanisms of the Eastern RTOs/ISOs. Discussions signal market reforms that will focus on solutions that harmonize and accommodate state policy requirements with wholesale markets. Reforms will likely address market mechanisms to value resource attributes and internalize carbon costs within wholesale electricity prices.
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Court Decision Reiterates FERC Authority over Interstate Transmission Planning
Recent court rulings on FERC Order No. 1000 uphold FERC authority over regional planning, placing federal regulators at the helm of modernizing the electric grid particularly in states operating in deregulated electric markets. The court decision vacating FERC’s ROE orders casts uncertainty for utilities that rely on FERC-approved rates for transmission services. The effectiveness of transmission planning processes will continue to be under scrutiny, as the U.S. power system undergoes transformational changes driven primarily by changes in the generation resource mix toward renewables and natural gas.
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Early Ending of Tax Credits Casts Uncertainty over Oklahoma Wind Industry
Oklahoma has enacted legislation ending the state’s wind energy tax credits on July 1, 2017, more than three years ahead of the original schedule to help close a budget deficit. The early sunset of tax credits is unlikely to impact the budget outlook in the near term, but creates uncertainty for wind projects under construction. Addressing the state’s recurring budget deficits require a comprehensive economic plan and a long-term strategy to draw new investment and align revenues.
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Maryland Energy Storage Credits Create Model for States with Nascent Storage Markets
Maryland legislature has passed a bill (SB 758) establishing the nation’s first tax credits for energy storage systems. The legislation is well timed to support Maryland’s new renewable portfolio standard goals, reflecting the growing role of energy storage technologies in supporting the growth of renewables. Maryland could serve as a model for states exploring ways to bolster their nascent storage markets, as tax credits present a simpler alternative to mandates and incentives.
Ohio SB 128 would create a zero-emissions nuclear resource program to subsidize the state’s nuclear plants for providing fuel diversity and environmental benefits. The proposal is similar to programs in New York and Illinois which are facing lawsuits for discriminating specific generating units and infringing on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authority over interstate electricity markets, underscoring the need for market-based solutions to drive the nuclear industry in future.