Minnesota Regulators Approve CenterPoint’s Renewable Natural Gas Interconnection Plan

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 21 granted CenterPoint Energy’s request to offer renewable natural gas, or RNG, interconnection service. The approval establishes a process for producers to inject RNG into the company’s system and creates terms and conditions for the service, including proposed interconnection rates. CenterPoint said that the proposal responds to demand…

EnerKnol IRP/RFP/PPA Tracking Table Q3 2020

Utilities across North America are investing billions of dollars to decarbonize their power fleets to comply with unprecedented greenhouse gas emission cuts and bold renewable energy targets. The pivot to cleaner and greener power sources is reflected in the integrated resource plans and RFPs that utilities file with state commissions. Keep on top of the…...

EnerKnol Retail Power and Gas Rates Tracking Table Q3 2020

Utilities are stepping up efforts to boost retail power and gas rates to offset tepid growth in electric demand and weak prices in the wholesale markets. Utilities are also overhauling how charges are set by launching non-traditional rate programs, including revenue decoupling and performance-based rates. Keep on top of the latest utility rate programs by…...

Visual Primer: California, Minnesota, and New York Push Forward With Vehicle-to-Grid Integration

With the growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), the need for flexible storage resources in the electric grid has drawn increased attention to how well the vehicles can integrate into the grid as temporary batteries. While California is making strides in furthering the utilization of EVs as a grid resource, a handful of states are contemplating the technology in connection with electrification of fleets, and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Minnesota Agency to Fund 22 New Charging Stations

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Nov. 10 announced plans to allocate $170,000 in grants to facilitate the development of dual-port EV Level 2 Charging Stations in public settings to further bolster the presence of electric vehicles in the state. These grants can be accessed through an application system with extra incentives for proposals that…...

New York Governor Announces $11 Million to Expand EV Charging Using Volkswagen Settlement Funds

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on Nov. 12 announced the availability of $11 million in funds to continue strengthening fast charging infrastructure throughout the state. The program will cover up to 80 percent of the cost to build public charging stations, with funding made available in two rounds. The initiative is funded by New York’s $127.7…...

California Regulator Strengthens Enforcement Practices

The California Public Utilities Commission has adopted a new enforcement policy that provides guidance to achieve a consistent approach to enforcement practices and ensure that regulated entities demonstrate maximum compliance with rules and requirements, according to a Nov. 5 press release. The measure, which builds on existing tools and processes, is designed to promote consistency…...

Visual Primer: Joe Biden’s Victory Hailed as Turning Point in U.S. Energy and Climate Policy

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s energy agenda prioritizes clean energy and climate action, with a far-reaching strategy, which includes rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, committing to achieve a carbon-free power sector by 2035, and banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters.

Texas Grid Operator Projects Sufficient Generation for Upcoming Winter, Spring

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. expects nearly 83,000 megawatts of resource capacity to be available to meet the projected peak demand of 57,699 megawatts for the upcoming winter season from December 2020 to February 2021. The winter peak demand forecast in the grid operator’s final winter resource adequacy assessment, released on Nov. 5, …...

Massachusetts Approves Contracts for 800-Megawatt Mayflower Offshore Wind Project

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on Nov. 5 approved long-term contracts executed by the state’s electric distribution companies to purchase offshore wind power from Mayflower Wind Energy LLC’s 804-megawatt project, which was selected in the state’s second round of offshore wind solicitation last year. The project is expected to provide about  0.1 to 1.8…...

Florida Regulator Approves Cost Recovery for Fourth Phase of Tampa Electric’s 600-Megawatt Solar Plan

The Florida Public Service Commission on Nov. 3 authorized Tampa Electric Company  to recover costs for a 60.1-megawatt project under the fourth phase of the company’s solar construction plan. The completion of the project will bring the company’s solar generation capacity to 600 megawatts, firmly asserting it as a major solar developer.  Tampa Electric opted…...