EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Lean on Utilities to Foster the Rise of Electric Vehicles

The unabating momentum of electric vehicle (EV) growth has prompted regulators and legislators to examine policies and standards of utilities regarding charging infrastructure. Utilities can assume a larger role in developing EV charging because of their ability to install and operate widely distributed electrical assets.

New Hampshire State Lawmakers Pass Bill for Five-Fold Increase in Net Metering Project Size

The New Hampshire legislature approved a bill on May 16 aimed to expand the state’s net metering cap to 5 megawatts from the current level of one megawatt. The legislation also includes a provision to prevent reselling of net-metered electricity into the New England wholesale market. (HB 365) The bill passed the legislature by a…

Ohio Regulator Approves 470 Megawatts of Solar Projects

The Ohio Power Siting Board on May 16 authorized the construction of Hecate Energy Highland LLC’s 300-megawatt solar project, as well as Hardin Solar Energy II LLC’s 170-megawatt facility paired with a 60-megawatt battery. Hecate’s project will occupy nearly 2,000 acres within a 3,400-acre project area in Highland County. The developer plans to begin construction…

FERC Approves Train 4 Texas Freeport LNG Expansion Despite Contentious Emission Standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Texas Freeport LNG’s Train 4 expansion, the commission’s fourth approval of a liquified natural gas project this year, highlighting the nation’s commitment to exporting the super-chilled gas, according to a May 16 press release. The expansion of LNG terminal, located in eastern Texas, includes an extra liquefaction unit as…

PG&E Power Lines Caused Deadly Camp Fire According to California Investigator

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has determined that Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, according to a May 15 press release. The Camp Fire started in Butte County on the morning of November 8,…

National Grid Stops Accepting New Gas Service Requests in New York Following Williams Pipeline Denial

National Grid’s President John Bruckner, issued a statement on May 17 saying the company has stopped processing all applications for new or expanded gas service in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island following the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision on Wednesday to deny “without prejudice” a water permit for Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement project, which…

South Dakota Electric, Gas Customers Benefit From Nearly $30 Million in Federal Tax Cut Refunds

The South Dakota Public Utilities approved a settlement requiring MidAmerican Energy Co. to return about $4.2 million to the utility’s electric and natural gas customers, reflecting savings from the federal tax cut law, bringing the total refunds of the state’s investor-owned utilities to about $29 million, according to a May 15 press release. The tax…

FERC Affirms Storage Market Participation Rule, Declining Requests for State Opt-Outs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 16 declined a request to allow state regulatory authorities to decide whether or not behind-the-meter and distribution-connected storage resources may participate in the wholesale power markets. The agency acknowledged that states have the authority to dictate the terms of their own retail programs, allowing resources to choose between…

Invenergy Affiliate Wins Approval for $400 Million Wind Project in South Dakota

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission granted a permit for Deuel Harvest Wind Energy LLC’s proposal to build a 310-megawatt wind energy farm in Duel County, according to a May 15 news release. The proposed project includes up to 112 wind turbines and a 345-kilovolt transmission line with an associated 345-kV interconnection substation located in…

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – May 2019 Update

In this update, Nevada, Washington and Puerto Rico are the latest states and territory to strengthen targets for clean energy, showing how momentum is building across the U.S. for more aggressive renewable portfolio targets. Nevada State lawmakers unanimously approved legislation in April to upgrade the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, while Washington committed…

U.S. Primed for 13 Gigawatts of Wind Additions in 2019, Largest in Seven Years, as Tax Incentives Phase Out

The U.S. is expected to add 12.7 gigawatts of wind capacity this year, the largest since the 2012 high of 13.3 gigawatts, according to a May 15 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The growth is largely driven by the scheduled phase-out of the federal production tax credit, which provides a credit for each…

Texas Generation Capacity Under Renewable Energy Credit Program Grows to 29 Gigawatts: ERCOT Report

The Texas renewable energy credit, or REC, program currently has a registered capacity of nearly 28.7 gigawatts, including 2.2 gigawatts derived from non-wind technologies, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc.’s annual report released on May 15. Offset generation accounts have a registered capacity of nearly 290 megawatts. The total amount of energy…