Georgia Power Wins Approval to Add 2.3 Gigawatts of Renewables in Long-Term Plan

The Georgia Public Service Commission on July 16 approved Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan, allowing the company to invest in 80 megawatts of battery storage and increase its renewable generation by 72 percent over the next five years. The IRP calls for 2,260 megawatts of new renewables, increasing the capacity to 5,390 megawatts by 2024…

FERC Approves California Grid Operator’s Rules to Enhance Integration of Renewable Power

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted the California Independent System Operator Corporation’s revisions requiring equipment improvements for renewable power generators, facilitating higher integration of wind and solar power into the grid, according to a July 16 news release. The changes will avoid “temporary and sporadic losses” of inverter-based generation connected to the grid. These generators…

National Grid Acquires Minnesota-Based Renewable Developer in $100 Million Deal

National Grid plc completed a $100 million transaction through its competitive non-regulated unit National Grid Ventures, acquiring Geronimo Energy LLC, a prominent wind and solar developer in North America, according to July 15 news release. The company also entered into an agreement with the Washington State Investment Board for a 51 percent stake in a…

AEP Plans to Buy 1.5 Gigawatts of Wind Power in Oklahoma

The Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Co. are seeking regulatory approval to buy three wind projects, with a combined capacity of 1,485 megawatts, that are being developed by Invenergy LLC in Oklahoma, according to a July 15 filing with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The projects were selected through a competitive solicitation…

Vineyard Wind’s 800-Megawatt Offshore Wind Project Dealt Blow With Permit Denial

Vineyard Wind LLC on July 12 announced it will seek an order from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to overrule the Edgartown Conservation Commission’s denial of a permit to install offshore transmission cables. The decision came after the U.S. Interior Department informed that it was not yet prepared to issue a final environmental review,…

Minnesota Power Seeks Over $30 Million in Cost Recovery for Transmission Projects

Minnesota Power, a unit of ALLETE Inc., proposed a rate adjustment to recover the costs related to on-going transmission projects, which include the 500-kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line that will deliver 383 megawatts of hydropower from Manitoba Hydro beginning in 2020, according to a July 9 filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The company…

New Hampshire Passes Bill to Boost Municipal Aggregation

New Hampshire lawmakers have approved legislation that allows municipalities and counties to aggregate retail electric customers who do not opt out of a program. Currently, community choice is allowed only for residents who consent to being included in a program. The bill allows municipalities to operate energy efficiency and clean energy districts adopted with the…

TVA Plans to Add Up To 14 Gigawatts of Solar Over 20 Years

The Tennessee Valley Authority on June 28 released its 2019 integrated resource plan, which calls for up to 14 gigawatts of new solar and 5.3 gigawatts of battery storage to meet the electricity needs of the seven-state region through 2038. The utility said that the plan is designed to facilitate a more flexible power generation…

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – June 2019 Update

State renewable portfolio standards are a key driver behind the torrid expansion in wind and solar, responsible for about half of the nation’s deployment of the clean energy sources over the last couple of decades. More than three dozen states plus the nation’s capital have compliance standards or voluntary targets and stronger ones are being…...

Maine Enacts Legislation for 80 Percent Emission Cuts, 100 Percent Renewables by 2050

Democratic Governor Janet Mills signed a measure on June 26 establishing a climate council tasked with developing an action plan to achieve emissions reductions of 45 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. Mills also signed a bill that strengthens the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 80 by 2030 and…