Washington Utilities on Track to Meet Renewable Energy Targets for 2019

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission found that Pacific Power and Light Company, one of the state’s investor-owned electric utilities, is complying with Washington’s renewable energy requirements for 2019 by supplying at least 9 percent of its electric load through renewable sources, according to a September 12 press release. Last month, the regulator reviewed compliance by the state’s other…

Ravenswood Seeks Approval for 316 Megawatt Storage Facility in New York to Replace Peaker Plants

The New York State Public Service Commission will receive comments on Ravenswood Development LLC’s request to develop a stand-alone, battery-based, energy storage facility with a capacity of up to approximately 316 megawatts on a portion of the Ravenswood Generating Station property in Long Island City, Queens, according to a September 12 press release. According to…

String of U.S. Natural Gas Production Records Continue Even as Prices Decline: EIA

U.S. natural gas production continued to increase in August, setting a new daily production record of 92.8 billion cubic feet per day on August 19, 2019 according to the Energy Information Administration’s September 12 Today in Energy. Natural gas production also set a new monthly record in August, averaging more than 91 billion cubic feet per day…

Ohio Regulators Approve Winter Reconnect Order to Safeguard Consumers During Heating Season

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the winter reconnect order, which is designed to help Ohioans reconnect or maintain electric and natural gas service during the winter heating season between Oct. 14, 2019 and April 15, 2020, according to a Sept. 11 press release. Under the order, any customer of a PUCO-regulated electric…

Michigan Regulators Settle Long-Standing Dispute Between Consumers Energy and Power Producers

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a settlement agreement that resolves a number of long-standing contract issues between Consumers Energy Co. and qualified independent power producers in five separate cases, according to a September 11 press release. In June, the commission approved a settlement in Consumers’ integrated resource plan that included a new Public Utility…

Michigan Regulators Push for Resilience, Demand Response in the Aftermath of Cold Snap: Report

The Michigan Public Service Commission released a report on September 11 called Statewide Energy Assessment, which Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer requested in the aftermath of an energy emergency earlier this year. In late January 2019, an extreme cold weather event combined with a fire at a major compressor station created an energy emergency in Michigan that challenged the…

Massachusetts Proposes 800-Megawatt Expansion of Solar Incentive Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on Sept. 5 proposed to add 800 megawatts to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, or SMART, program, which is fast approaching its current 1.6-gigawatt target. The declining block program was launched last November to provide a long-term, sustainable solar incentive solution.The agency proposed several revisions to the initiative as…

New Hampshire Enacts Ban on Offshore Drilling to Block Trump’s Expansion Plan

Republican Governor Christopher Sununu signed legislation on Sept. 11 prohibiting offshore oil and natural gas exploration in state waters. New Hampshire joins California, New Jersey, Maine, and Oregon that have enacted similar measures in response to the Trump administration’s plan to open vast amounts of coastal waters to drilling activities. The bill bans the lease…

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: Northwest Utilities Prepare for Impending Coal Phase-Outs

Carbon reduction is becoming ingrained in the planning strategies of utilities across the Northwest in response to state-level decarbonization policies and market changes. As coal plants are no longer cost-competitive, utilities are taking advantage of new technologies and favorable economics of natural gas and renewables.

Texas Grid Operator Reports Adequate Supplies to Serve Fall, Winter Peak Demand

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas expects nearly 84,000 megawatts of resource capacity to be available to meet a projected peak demand of 61,034 megawatts for the upcoming fall season from October through November, according to a Sept. 9 news release. The final assessment for the fall season includes 1,198 megawatts of planned capacity based…

Xcel Moves to Acquire NextEra’s 100 Megawatt Wind Farm in Minnesota

Northern States Power Company, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy has submitted an application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to acquire, own and operate the 98.9 megawatt Mower County wind facility, which is owned by NextEra Energy Inc., according to an August 30 filling. In 2006, Xcel entered into a 20-year Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement with FPL Energy…