National Grid Faces Threat of License Cancellation in New York Over Gas Supply Issues

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo notified National Grid plc of the state’s intent to revoke the company’s license to operate its gas franchise, following its inability to provide reliable natural gas supply, according to a Nov. 12 press release. The company’s failure to plan for supply needs is evident from its own explanation that it denied…

EnerKnol IRP/RFP/PPA Tracking Table Q3 2019

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…...

NIPSCO Launches Solicitation for 2.6 Gigawatts of Renewables to Phase Out Coal

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC on Oct. 1 issued a request for proposals for 2,600 megawatts of solar, wind, and storage to satisfy a 2023 capacity need identified in its integrated resource plan, which proposes to phase out coal-fired generation by 2028. The company is requesting proposals in three areas:  300 megawatts of…

PacifiCorp’s Draft Long-Term Plan Seeks to Retire 4.5 Gigawatts of Coal-Fired Generation

PacifiCorp unveiled its draft long-term resource plan on Oct. 3 that proposes to retire 20 of its 24 coal units by the end of the planning period in 2038, reducing coal-fired generation capacity by about 4.5 gigawatts. The plan, which envisions about 7 gigawatts of renewables and storage by 2025, identifies battery installations as part…

New Mexico Regulator to Decide PNM’s Coal Plant Securitization After Court Declines to Clarify

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Oct. 3 declined to hear a petition seeking clarification regarding the applicability of the Energy Transition Act to the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s closure and replacement of the San Juan coal-fired plant. The law, which took effect in June, includes provisions to issue energy transition bonds for…

California Enacts Law Reinforcing Authority Over Electricity Procurement

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Oct. 2 directing the Public Utilities Commission to review each retail seller’s annual renewable portfolio standard compliance report and notify a seller if it may be at risk of not satisfying the requirement. The law requires the commission to ensure that load-serving entities carry out their integrated resource…

Illinois Power Agency Unveils 2020 Power Procurement Plan for Ameren, ComEd, MidAmerican Energy Customers

The Illinois Power Agency on Sept. 30 proposed a plan for the procurement of electricity for eligible retail customers of Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company, and MidAmerican Energy Company for the period of June 2020 through May 2025. The plan provides recommendations related to the procurement of electricity, capacity, and associated transmission services to…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – How States Are Strengthening Utility Planning to Adapt to Rapid Changes in Energy Sector

Utility resource planning is becoming more complex in the fast-changing energy landscape, prompting intense scrutiny from regulators. State measures are transforming the way utilities procure energy in light of continued growth in intermittent large-scale energy, customer-sited generation, demand response, energy efficiency, and clean energy commitments.

California Regulator Proposes to Strengthen Utility Resource Planning Process

The California Public Utilities Commission on Sept. 20 proposed to revise the requirements for utilities’ integrated resource plans filed in 2020. The proposal would require all load-serving entities, regardless of size, to file standard plans and remove alternative plans that allowed simplified filing requirements for smaller utilities. Under the proposal, all entities must provide contractual…

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.

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.

TVA Board Clears Long-Term Plan to Add 14 Gigawatts of Solar

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors on Aug. 22 approved the utility’s integrated resource plan, which calls for a continued reduction in its carbon footprint partly through the addition of up to 14 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2038. The resource plan, unveiled in June, updates TVA’s 2015 IRP in response to continuing changes…