California Approves Purchase of 3.3 Gigawatts of New Resources to Avoid Impending Power Capacity Shortfall

The California Public Utilities Commission voted to authorize the procurement of 3.3 gigawatts of new, non-emitting electricity resources by 2023 to forestall potential resource adequacy shortages starting in 2021, according to a Nov. 7 news release. The order also includes an option to keep some natural-gas-fired power plants open past their current 2020 closure dates…

Texas Grid Operator Prepared to Meet Winter, Spring Peak Demand

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. expects more than 82,000 megawatts of resource capacity to be available to meet the system-wide projected peak demand of 62,257 megawatts for the upcoming winter season from December through February 2020, according to a Nov. 7 announcement. The final resource adequacy assessment for winter season 2019-20 includes 136…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards

Democrats wrested control of Virginia’s historically conservative state legislature following November's off-year election, boosting prospects for the state to be next in line to establish a binding commitment to shift to renewable energy. Progressive lawmakers in Virginia will likely move swiftly in setting aggressive mandates to fight climate change, just as their counterparts have done in New Mexico, New York and Maine. While earlier efforts to pass sweeping environmental policy measures have failed, such as the state's bid to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the door is now open to action.

Maine Regulators Approve Contract for First Offshore Floating Wind Project

The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 5 voted to authorize a contract for the 12-megawatt Maine Aqua Ventus project, the first deep-water offshore wind facility in the U.S. to feature a floating platform. A measure enacted in June directed regulators to approve a long-term power purchase agreement between the University of Maine-led initiative and…

Western Power Market Delivers $800 Million in Benefits Over Five Years

The Western Energy Imbalance market generated about $65 million in savings in the third quarter of this year, with total benefits reaching about $801 million since its launch in November 2014, according to a Nov. 1 press release from the California Independent System Operator Corporation. The energy imbalance market is an automated system that secures…

California Report Shows Utilities on Track to Meet Renewable Energy Goals

The California Public Utilities Commission issued its annual Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) report showing that the program is on track and is helping to drive down renewable contract prices and increasing in-state procurement, according to a Nov. 1 press release. As of 2019, the state’s large investor-owned utilities have executed renewable electricity contracts necessary to…

Shell, EDPR Win Massachusetts’ Second Offshore Wind Solicitation for 800 Megawatts

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on Oct. 30 announced the selection of Mayflower Wind Energy LLC’s 804-megawatt project to negotiate contracts with the state’s electric distribution companies as part of the competitive solicitations required under 2016 legislation, which requires the state to secure 1.6 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2027. Mayflower anticipates long term…

Virginia Signs Largest State Renewable Energy Contract to Buy 420 Megawatts of Solar, Wind

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia entered into a contract with Dominion Energy Inc. to buy 420 megawatts of renewable energy to power state government facilities, according to an Oct. 18 news release. The agreement, which includes four new solar projects and Virginia’s first onshore wind facility, will ensure that state agencies and institutions…

California Regulator Seeks 4 Gigawatts of New Resources to Avoid Power Capacity Shortfall Starting in 2021

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision on Oct. 21, requiring load-serving entities to procure 4 gigawatts of additional capacity to forestall potential resource adequacy shortages starting in 2021. The order also recommends extension of the Water Resource Control Board’s once-through-cooling regulation compliance dates for about 3.7 gigawatts of gas-fired units slated to…

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – October 2019 Update

State renewable portfolio standards are a key driver behind the torrid expansion of wind and solar generation across the U.S., responsible for about half of the nation’s deployment of clean energy sources over the last couple of decades, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over three dozen states, territories and the nation’s capital have…

NIPSCO Seeks Approval of 300 Megawatt Wind Farm as Part of Long-Term Plan to Phase Out Coal

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to authorize the acquisition of a 302-megawatt wind farm from EDP Renewables North America LLC through a joint venture, according to an Oct. 22 filing. The Indiana Crossroads Wind Farm, which will be located in White County, was selected through a request…

New York Finalizes Largest Offshore Wind Deal for 1.7 Gigawatts

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority executed 25-year contracts with Equinor Wind US LLC and Sunrise Wind LLC for nearly 1.7 gigawatts of offshore wind at an average all-in development cost of $83.36 per megawatt-hour in 2018 prices, according to an Oct. 23 announcement. The agency also released a report on the…