Court Rejects EPA’s Rollback of Power Plant Emissions Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Jan. 19 vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule for regulating power plant emissions, finding that the rule “hinged on a fundamental misconstruction” of the Clean Air Act. The agency finalized the rule in June 2019 replacing more stringent Obama-era restrictions…....

New York Selects Equinor to Develop 2.5 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind Projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has awarded two offshore wind projects, totaling 2,490 megawatts to Norway’s Equinor ASA, in one of the single largest renewable energy procurements in the U.S. to date. The procurement would bring the state halfway toward the goal of achieving 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035…....

Policy Primer: States Rethink Resource Adequacy Constructs

Several states are rethinking the resource adequacy paradigm as the electric resource mix changes through the addition of more intermittent resources to replace retiring coal-fired capacity and meet state decarbonization goals. Resource adequacy initiatives are intended to ensure that the planned resource mix is sufficient to meet the future system capacity needs and maintain grid reliability.

Washington Regulators Adopt Rules to Implement 100 Percent Clean Energy Law

The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission on Jan 5 adopted rules for the implementation of the 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act. The law requires the state’s electricity supply to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and carbon-free by 2045, and directs electric utilities to phase out coal from their generation portfolio…...

Florida Approves Duke’s 750-Megawatt Clean Energy Program

The Florida Public Service Commission on Jan 5 approved an agreement on Duke Energy Florida ’s Clean Energy Connection Program. The initiative allows the company to provide its customers with about 750 megawatts of new solar power and offer more options for residents, businesses, and local governments for voluntary participation. The program allows customers to…...

Oregon Regulator Examines Resource Adequacy Amid Coal Plant Retirements

The Oregon Public Utility Commission opened an investigation into resource adequacy in the state to address the growing concerns over the level of capacity in the region, according to a Jan. 7 notice. Reports and studies from various organizations including Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Energy+Environmental Economics(E3), Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee, and the California…...

Policy Primer: Distribution System Planning Evolves With Growing DER Deployment

Distribution system planning is occurring across various states as utilities and regulators assess the growing need for grid integration of distributed energy resources (DER) and investments that have long-term implications for the power system.

Year Ahead: Five Must-Watch Power Sector Trends for 2021

The shift in policy priorities of the incoming administration is expected to accelerate the transformation of the power sector towards clean energy and distributed grid, continuing its trajectory driven by market dynamics, technology, and customer preferences. The strong growth of renewable energy is expected to speed up, particularly with the extension of the federal tax…...

Hawaii Regulators Establish Performance-Based Regulation for Hawaiian Electric

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved a new performance-based regulation, or PBR, framework to govern Hawaiian Electric Company by better aligning the company’s interests with that of customers’ and the state’s clean energy goals. Hawaii is mandated by a 2018 law to implement PBR, establishing a financial link between utility revenues and performance in achieving…...

Renewable Energy Gets A Boost From Tax Extenders Included in Stimulus, Spending Bill Package

Renewable energy received a boost with the enactment of the federal spending bill and COVID-19 relief package on Dec. 27, which includes tax extenders and about $35 billion in spending authorizations to support energy research and development programs. The legislation includes a two-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit for solar generation, a one-year extension…...

California Adopts Strategies to Further Vehicle-Grid Integration

The California Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 21 issued a decision adopting strategies and metrics to further the integration of electric vehicles as grid resources. The decision, which adopts recommendations of the commission’s Vehicle Grid Integration Working Group, directs utilities to collaborate on interconnection and rate reforms and pilot programs, such as using EVs for…...