EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – How Utility Rate Cases Are Evolving in the Face of New Energy Challenges

Utility rate proceedings are evolving into forums to address emerging energy sector issues as grid modernization and resiliency, renewable energy procurement, and emissions reduction programs form a growing part of suppliers' business.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Microgrids Come Under the Microscope as States Look to Study Benefits

In the last year alone, states from Maine to New Mexico have enacted measures mandating the study of microgrids, showing the growing interest in harnessing the technology to shore up grid reliability and accomplish broader policy goals in which microgrids may play a role.

Dominion Energy Has Another Go At $600 Million Plan to Upgrade Virginia Power Grid

Dominion Energy Inc. on Sept. 30 filed a second petition with the Virginia State Corporation Commission for approval of the first three-year phase of its 10-year grid transformation plan. The $594 million proposal includes investments in a customer information platform that allows for digital management of energy usage and nearly one million smart meters, which…

Duke Energy Unveils Path to Carbon-Free Power by 2050

Duke Energy Corporation aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from electric generation by 2050, and cut emissions by at least 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to a Sept. 17 press release. The company plans to double its renewable energy portfolio by 2025, and continue deploying low-cost natural gas to speed the transition…

States Reexamine Policies to Accommodate Distributed Generation Growth

A growing number of states are redesigning policies and incentives for distributed generation as customer-sited installations spread amid falling costs. Regulators have initiated a number of actions this year, ranging from examining the value of distributed energy resources (DER) to overhauling interconnection rules, and equipping utilities with the planning structure required to accommodate new resources.

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…

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.

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: California’s Quest for Clean Energy

California’s energy landscape is evolving rapidly driven by its ambitious clean energy and carbon reduction goals. Recent actions range from enhancing renewable integration to reforming carbon market rules, strengthening auto-emission standards, and revising energy efficiency policies.

North Carolina’s Clean Energy Plan Envisions Carbon-Free Power Sector by 2050

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on Aug. 16 unveiled a draft Clean Energy Plan outlining policy and action recommendations for the state to transition to carbon-free electricity by 2050, starting with a 60 to 70 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030. An executive order issued last year by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper…

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: How New York Is Charting a New Energy Future

New York has adopted sweeping measures to propel the state’s clean energy agenda, including adopting the nation’s most ambitious climate targets, awarding the largest offshore wind contract, and refining compensation rules to boost distributed solar.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Ameren, FirstEnergy, Pepco Advance Grid Modernization Projects Worth Billions

Ameren, FirstEnergy, and Pepco are advancing sweeping plans to modernize the power grid. The programs, exceeding $7.5 billions in investments, mark the latest efforts by utilities to overhaul an aging, antiquated transmission and distribution system to make it more resilient, accommodate the growing penetration of renewable and distributed energy, and enhance customer-interaction.

District of Columbia Launches ‘PowerPath DC’ to Advance Grid Modernization Efforts

The District of Columbia Public Service Commission is paving the regulatory path forward in the district’s clean energy policies with “PowerPath DC,” the next phase of its grid modernization efforts, according to an Aug. 2 press release. The new initiative will replace MEDSIS that was launched in 2015 to “modernize the distribution energy delivery system…