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…

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…

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…

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…

Connecticut Governor Calls for Plan to Decarbonize Power Sector by 2040

Democratic Governor Ned Lamont on sept. 3 signed an executive order directing the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to evaluate pathways and recommend strategies to transition to 100 percent carbon-free power by 2040. The order expands the responsibility of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change, or GC3, which was tasked with developing strategies…

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.

Washington Regulators Unveil Plan to Fulfill Clean Energy Policy Agenda

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission established a work plan to carry out the requirements of energy legislation passed in the 2019 session, according to an Aug. 27 news release. Legislators passed a sweeping energy policy agenda, including a bill requiring the state’s electricity supply to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and carbon-free by 2045. The…

Maine Commission Begins Process to Solicit Long-Term Contracts for 375 Megawatts of Distributed Generation

The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Aug. 28 proposed rules governing the periodic procurement of distributed renewable resources in accordance with legislation enacted in June. The law directs the agency to conduct multiple solicitations to obtain 250 megawatts of distributed generation from shared resources and 125 megawatts from commercial and institutional accounts over the next…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Split Over Payouts for Residential Solar as Renewables Take Off

Since distributed-level solar generation just started to proliferate across the U.S. a decade ago, as many as 21 states are now reexamining or revamping policies for compensating the power source, upsetting the status quo and deepening a divide among states for and against the incentives.

Hawaiian Electric Launches Solicitation for 900 Megawatts of Renewables, Battery Storage

The Hawaiian Electric Companies issued requests for proposals for about 900 megawatts of new renewable generation capable of delivering nearly 2 million megawatt-hours each year, according to an Aug. 22 news release. The solicitation marks the island’s largest effort to procure renewable energy to replace coal and reduce the dependence on imported oil for power…

PJM Predicts Rooftop Solar to Swell to Nearly 12 Gigawatts Over the Next 15 Years

Customer-side solar has grown to provide over 4 gigawatts of electricity while grid-connected installations supply more than 1.5 gigawatts, from virtually no solar on the PJM grid a decade ago, according to an Aug. 22 report from the system operator. Solar generation represents a tiny fraction of the 180 gigawatts of capacity committed to serve…