Maryland Paves the Way for Large-Scale Offshore Wind Projects

The Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits to advance two large-scale offshore projects with a combined capacity of 368 MW, potentially outdoing the capacity of the 30 MW Block Island, the only operational offshore wind facility in the U.S. The extension of the wind PTC and the successful completion of the Block Island project have spurred more companies and states to increase their focus on offshore wind development. State policy shifts to advance offshore wind projects will likely provide the much-needed impetus for the U.S. offshore wind industry, which has been plagued by regulatory uncertainty, permitting hurdles, high infrastructure costs, and public resistance.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Maryland Paves the Way for Large-Scale Offshore Wind Projects

The Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits to advance two large-scale offshore projects with a combined capacity of 368 MW, potentially outdoing the capacity of the 30 MW Block Island, the only operational offshore wind facility in the U.S. The extension of the wind PTC and the successful completion of the Block Island project have spurred more companies and states to increase their focus on offshore wind development. State policy shifts to advance offshore wind projects will likely provide the much-needed impetus for the U.S. offshore wind industry, which has been plagued by regulatory uncertainty, permitting hurdles, high infrastructure costs, and public resistance.

Virginia’s Legislative Package and Dominion’s IRP Reflect New Role for Clean Energy

Virginia has enacted a suite of clean energy bills that will help expand renewable energy and energy efficiency across the state. The legislation increases opportunities for community solar, pumped storage, battery technologies, and green development zones, bringing a remarkable turn in a state that has generally lingered over clean energy development. Amid legislative efforts to advance Virginia’s clean energy future, the state’s largest utility Dominion Energy also presented solar as a central piece of its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. The new legislative package and the underlying market developments set Virginia up for a sustainable energy policy that supports economic development.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Virginia’s Legislative Package and Dominion’s IRP Reflect New Role for Clean Energy

Virginia has enacted a suite of clean energy bills that will help expand renewable energy and energy efficiency across the state. The legislation increases opportunities for community solar, pumped storage, battery technologies, and green development zones, bringing a remarkable turn in a state that has generally lingered over clean energy development. Amid legislative efforts to advance Virginia’s clean energy future, the state’s largest utility Dominion Energy also presented solar as a central piece of its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. The new legislative package and the underlying market developments set Virginia up for a sustainable energy policy that supports economic development.

FERC Technical Conference Signals Market Reforms to Accommodate State Policies

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a technical conference to determine whether state policies and objectives can be achieved through market mechanisms of the Eastern RTOs/ISOs. Discussions signal market reforms that will focus on solutions that harmonize and accommodate state policy requirements with wholesale markets. Reforms will likely address market mechanisms to value resource attributes and internalize carbon costs within wholesale electricity prices.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – FERC Technical Conference Signals Market Reforms to Accommodate State Policies

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a technical conference to determine whether state policies and objectives can be achieved through market mechanisms of the Eastern RTOs/ISOs. Discussions signal market reforms that will focus on solutions that harmonize and accommodate state policy requirements with wholesale markets. Reforms will likely address market mechanisms to value resource attributes and internalize carbon costs within wholesale electricity prices.

Court Decision Reiterates FERC Authority over Interstate Transmission Planning

Recent court rulings on FERC Order No. 1000 uphold FERC authority over regional planning, placing federal regulators at the helm of modernizing the electric grid particularly in states operating in deregulated electric markets. The court decision vacating FERC’s ROE orders casts uncertainty for utilities that rely on FERC-approved rates for transmission services. The effectiveness of transmission planning processes will continue to be under scrutiny, as the U.S. power system undergoes transformational changes driven primarily by changes in the generation resource mix toward renewables and natural gas.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Court Decision Reiterates FERC Authority over Interstate Transmission Planning

Recent court rulings on FERC Order No. 1000 uphold FERC authority over regional planning, placing federal regulators at the helm of modernizing the electric grid particularly in states operating in deregulated electric markets. The court decision vacating FERC’s ROE orders casts uncertainty for utilities that rely on FERC-approved rates for transmission services. The effectiveness of transmission planning processes will continue to be under scrutiny, as the U.S. power system undergoes transformational changes driven primarily by changes in the generation resource mix toward renewables and natural gas.

Early Ending of Tax Credits Casts Uncertainty over Oklahoma Wind Industry

Oklahoma has enacted legislation ending the state’s wind energy tax credits on July 1, 2017, more than three years ahead of the original schedule to help close a budget deficit. The early sunset of tax credits is unlikely to impact the budget outlook in the near term, but creates uncertainty for wind projects under construction. Addressing the state’s recurring budget deficits require a comprehensive economic plan and a long-term strategy to draw new investment and align revenues.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Early Ending of Tax Credits Casts Uncertainty over Oklahoma Wind Industry

Oklahoma has enacted legislation ending the state’s wind energy tax credits on July 1, 2017, more than three years ahead of the original schedule to help close a budget deficit. The early sunset of tax credits is unlikely to impact the budget outlook in the near term, but creates uncertainty for wind projects under construction. Addressing the state’s recurring budget deficits require a comprehensive economic plan and a long-term strategy to draw new investment and align revenues.

Maryland Energy Storage Credits Create Model for States with Nascent Storage Markets

Maryland legislature has passed a bill (SB 758) establishing the nation’s first tax credits for energy storage systems. The legislation is well timed to support Maryland’s new renewable portfolio standard goals, reflecting the growing role of energy storage technologies in supporting the growth of renewables. Maryland could serve as a model for states exploring ways to bolster their nascent storage markets, as tax credits present a simpler alternative to mandates and incentives.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Maryland Energy Storage Credits Create Model for States with Nascent Storage Markets

Maryland legislature has passed a bill (SB 758) establishing the nation’s first tax credits for energy storage systems. The legislation is well timed to support Maryland’s new renewable portfolio standard goals, reflecting the growing role of energy storage technologies in supporting the growth of renewables. Maryland could serve as a model for states exploring ways to bolster their nascent storage markets, as tax credits present a simpler alternative to mandates and incentives.