California Commission Proposes Additional Measures to Minimize Impact of Utility Power Shutoffs

The California Public Utilities Commission proposed additional guidelines that investor-owned utilities would be required to follow prior to the 2020 wildfire season prepare for and minimize the impacts of public safety power shutoff events to avoid the risk of power lines starting wildfires, according to a Jan. 30 news release. The agency also issued a…

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: Pennsylvania Strives to Embrace Clean Energy

Climate change and clean energy are figuring more prominently in Pennsylvania, which has been historically associated with coal and nuclear until the shale gas boom. Over the past year, Pennsylvania set the first statewide climate goals, committed to join the regional carbon market, funded solar projects, established alternative ratemaking, and unveiled a roadmap to boost electric vehicle adoption.

Michigan Regulator Approves $36 Million Revenue Hike for Indiana Michigan Power’s Electric Services

The Michigan Public Service Commission authorized a settlement agreement, allowing Indiana Michigan Power Co. to raise electric rates by $36.4 million per year, about 38 percent lower than the utility’s request, according to a Jan. 23 news release. The new rates, which take effect on Feb. 1, will increase monthly residential bills by about 15…

Virginia Bill Seeks to Establish Competitive Retail Power Market

Virginia Delegates Mark Keam, a Democrat, and Lee Ware, a Republican, introduced legislation on Jan. 17 that would enable customers to purchase electricity from the retail provider of their choice, ending monopoly control over the state’s energy system. The bill would require each incumbent investor-owned utility, electric cooperative, and municipal electric authority to separate its…

New York Regulators Slash Con Edison’s Revenue Hike by 75 Percent, Advance Initiatives to Reduce Need for Natural Gas

The New York Public Service Commission on Jan. 16 adopted a three-year rate plan for Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc., allowing the utility to increase electric and gas rates annually through 2022. The agency authorized a first-year electric revenue increase of about $113 million, or 3.1 percent, down from the original request of…

Iowa Regulator Approves $127 Million Revenue Hike for Alliant Energy’s Electric Services

The Iowa Utilities Board approved a settlement allowing an increase of $127 million in Alliant Energy Corp.’s annual electric base rates, according to a Jan. 9 news release. The company initially asked for an increase of about $204 million, but a partial settlement reached last October reduced the amount by nearly 40 percent with a…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Utilities Expand Green Pricing Options to Meet Growing Customer Demand

Utilities are optimizing green power programs to meet carbon reduction targets and satisfy their customers simultaneously. Green pricing options allow customers to meet a portion of their electricity needs from renewable energy resources. While offering innovative products to increase customer access to green power, these programs provide larger consumers the option to meet their varying sustainability and renewable energy goals.

California Governor Rejects PG&E’s Amended Restructuring Plan, Citing Failure to Meet Wildfire Law

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom found that Pacific Gas and Electric’s proposed restructuring plan failed to meet the requirements of the state’s wildfire law, dealing a blow to the company’s efforts to exit bankruptcy, according to a Dec. 13 letter to PG&E Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson. Newsom called for a feasible plan, pointing to the…

New York Consolidates Billing for Community Solar as it Races Towards 6 Gigawatt Goal

The New York Public Service Commission adopted a measure to consolidate the utility bills of Community Distributed Generation (CDG) customers in a bid to reduce operational costs and broaden access to the technology, according to a Dec.12 press release. CDG systems, such as community solar, offer customers that prefer not to install solar directly on their property,…

Colorado Commission Seeks Input to Develop Rules for Electric Utility Resource Plans

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission opened a docket to develop rules requiring investor-owned utilities to file distribution system plans, according to a Dec. 3 news release. Distribution planning would help ensure that grid modernization allows for continued safe, reliable and cost-effective utility operations, according to the agency.  The move stems from legislation enacted in June…

Idaho Commission Cuts Avista Electric Revenues by $7 Million Due to Lower Power Supply Costs

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has approved a proposed settlement with Avista Utilities that reduces annual base electric revenues by $7.18 million, or 2.84 percent, according to a Dec. 2 press release. According to the settlement, which takes effect Dec. 1, 2019, a residential electric customer who uses an average of 900 kilowatt-hours per month…

Puerto Rico Electricity Generation Took One Year to Recover From 2017 Hurricane: EIA

Nearly a year had passed before net electricity generation in Puerto Rico approached levels similar to those in the months before Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged the territory’s electricity grid in September 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest annual Power Plant Operations Report. When Hurricane Irma passed near Puerto Rico in early September 2017,…