Massachusetts Regulators Slash National Grid’s Rate Request, Reject $166 Million EV Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued a final order on Oct. 7 approving National Grid’s electric rate request, with a $41.8 million or 32 percent cut to the company’s original application for a $132.2 million hike. Regulators also approved performance-based ratemaking proposals, storm cost recovery and a limited part of the company’s aggressive electric vehicle…

New Jersey Board Proposes Transition Incentive to Streamline Solar Program Phase-Out

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Aug. 22 proposed a transition incentive program as part of its process to close the current Solar Renewable Energy Certificate, or SREC, program and design a successor mechanism. The proposal seeks to bridge the gap between the legacy and successor programs as the state phases out the…

Vineyard Wind Suffers Critical Federal Delay to $2.8 Billion Offshore Project

Vineyard Wind LLC expressed disappointment at the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision to further delay the approval of the environmental review for its 800-megawatt offshore wind project, according to an Aug. 9 press release. The developer urged the agency to expedite the review, highlighting the project’s potential to kickstart the offshore wind industry…

Court Upholds Transco Pipeline Approval, Criticizes FERC’s Administrative Limbo

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Aug 2 upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company’s Atlantic Sunrise Project, finding that the agency acted lawfully under circuit precedent. The court rejected arguments that the agency improperly conducted its environmental assessment, failed to substantiate the…

New York Utilities Face $6 Million in ‘Negative Revenue Adjustments’ for Missing Performance Targets

The New York Public Service Commission imposed negative adjustments in the revenues of the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, and Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. for shortfalls in their reliability and customer service metrics last year. Major storms continue to challenge utilities, accounting for more than 80…

Court Finalizes $2.2 Billion SCE&G Ratepayer Settlement

The Court of Common Pleas in Hampton County on June 11 finalized a settlement in a class action lawsuit over the costs that South Carolina Electric & Gas Company’s electric ratepayers have incurred towards the abandoned VC Summer nuclear power project. The settlement includes a $115 million cash component, an estimated $60 million to $85…

Progressive Cap-and-Trade Climate Policy Moves Closer to Final Vote in Oregon

Legislation creating an ambitious cap-and-trade program in Oregon cleared a key committee on June 12 and is scheduled for a House vote on Monday. If passed, the bill would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt the market-based approach to slashing greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Democrats currently hold a trifecta in…

PG&E Power Lines Caused Deadly Camp Fire According to California Investigator

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has determined that Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, according to a May 15 press release. The Camp Fire started in Butte County on the morning of November 8,…

National Grid Stops Accepting New Gas Service Requests in New York Following Williams Pipeline Denial

National Grid’s President John Bruckner, issued a statement on May 17 saying the company has stopped processing all applications for new or expanded gas service in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island following the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision on Wednesday to deny “without prejudice” a water permit for Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement project, which…

NYSERDA Unveils Energy Storage Incentive Plan as State Strives for 3 Gigawatts by 2030

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) has published its Energy Storage Market Acceleration Incentives Implementation Plan on March 11. It describes how the state will allocate $310 million in funding to boost adoption of the technology and help achieve approximately a third of New York’s ambitious goal of 3 gigawatts by 2030. This $310 million market…

New Mexico Commits to 100 Percent Clean Electricity, Joining California, Hawaii and D.C.

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed the Energy Transition Act on Tuesday afternoon, which orders the state to source all of its power from carbon-free supplies by 2045. The bill passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature with 32-9 votes in the Senate and 43-22 in the House. Democratic governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham is expected to sign it into…