Liberty Utilities Wins Approval for Customer-Sited Battery Pilot in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission on Jan. 17 authorized Liberty Utilities Co. to install up to 500 Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries behind the meter at customers’ premises under a pilot program intended to achieve customer savings through peak load reductions. Liberty said that the initiative marks the first program in the nation to combine…

Colorado Governor Issues Executive Order to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

Democratic Governor Jared Polis on Jan. 17 issued an executive order detailing initiatives and strategies aimed at facilitating a transition to electric vehicles. Polis said that the transition will support the state’s goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040. The order directs the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment to develop a rule…

Virginia Regulator Asks Dominion Energy to Redo $6 Billion Grid Transformation Plan

The Virginia State Corporation Commission on Jan. 17 turned down a majority of Dominion Energy Inc.’s 10-year, $6 billion grid transformation proposal, finding that the utility had not shown that the costs are prudent. The agency approved only a $150 million cyber and physical security component for the first three-year phase, estimated to cost $1.5…

Avista’s 20-Year Resource Plan Expects Conservation Measures to Offset Natural Gas Demand Growth

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission accepted Avista Utilities’ 2018 integrated resource plan, which lays out a strategy to meet customer demand for natural gas through 2037, according to a Jan. 17 press release. The utility expects energy efficiency and conservation measures to offset anticipated load growth, contrary to its 2016 resource plan, which found that…

Michigan Regulators Clear DTE Energy’s Voluntary Renewable Power Program

The Michigan Public Service Commission on Jan. 18 approved DTE Electric Co.’s voluntary green pricing program tailored for large customers who choose to meet a portion of their electricity needs from renewable energy resources. The company said that the program will commence once the renewable energy projects required to support the program are in commercial operation…

New York Governor Seeks to Quadruple Offshore Wind, Double Solar on Path to Carbon Neutrality

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 17 announced new goals as part of the state’s “Green New Deal” to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. The initiative, outlined in Cuomo’s 2019 policy agenda, calls for an offshore wind target of 9 gigawatts by 2035, up from 2.4 gigawatts by 2030, adding to the combined…

NextEra Seeks FERC Action to Protect Renewable Contracts as PG&E Faces Bankruptcy

NextEra Energy Inc. and NextEra Energy Partners L.P on Jan. 18 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order that Pacific Gas and Electric Company may not reject its wholesale contracts in bankruptcy without the federal regulator’s approval. PG&E announced it will file for bankruptcy protection on or about Jan. 29 as it faces billions…

AEP Seeks New Wind Power Proposals After $4.5 Billion Plan Fails

Southwestern Electric Power Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power Company Inc., issued a request for proposals for 1.2 gigawatts of wind energy that would come online by Dec. 15, 2021, according to a Jan. 9 filing with the Louisiana Public Service Commission. The move comes six months after the company scrapped a $4.5-billion wind…

U.S. Coal Production to Hit 40-Year Low as Exports, Consumption Plummet: EIA

U.S. coal production is projected to decline by 3 percent to about 729 million short tons in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s short-term outlook released on Jan. 15. The agency forecasts 2020 production to reach 680 million tons, the first time that annual production will fall below 700 million…

Oregon Regulator Suspends Action on $5.3 Billion Avista-Hydro One Merger

The Oregon Public Utilities Commission on Jan. 15 determined that there is no “justiciable controversy” to resolve in the proposed acquisition of Avista Corporation by Hydro One Limited, following denials in Washington and Idaho. The agency issued an order suspending the proceeding indefinitely until the companies notify of a reversal of the denials, providing an…

California Grid Operator Set to Launch Reliability Services Across West

The California Independent System Operator Corporation finalized agreements to provide reliability coordinating services for 32 electricity balancing authorities and transmission operators across the west, according to a Jan. 14 press release. Following a year of planning and coordination, the ISO said it will now focus on technology and system integration to implement the service by July 1….