Vermont Legislation Creates Initiatives to Cut emissions From Thermal Energy, Transportation Sectors

Vermont Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, signed legislation on Sept. 23, which directs energy efficiency funds to support emissions reduction measures in the thermal energy and transportation sectors for a period of three years. The new law requires the Public Utility Commission to authorize an entity appointed to provide energy efficiency and conservation programs to...

Visual Primer: Grid Modernization Strategies Increasingly Center on Innovation and Customer Engagement

State policy goals are driving comprehensive grid modernization endeavors aimed at transitioning to a flexible and efficient grid that caters to the needs of the evolving electric sector and diverse customer interests. A growing number of state regulators and utilities alike are embarking on innovative ventures, striving towards necessary enhancements to accomplish energy and environmental goals.

Duke Energy’s 15-Year Resource Plan for Carolinas Examines Options to Accelerate Coal Plant Retirements

Duke Energy Carolinas LLC and Duke Energy Progress LLC on Sept. 1 unveiled their 15-year integrated resource plans for the Carolinas, presenting a range of scenarios with accelerated coal retirement options and substantial increases in solar, wind, and energy storage technologies. The proposal details six generation portfolios that would keep Duke Energy Corp. on a…...

New York Advances Transmission Projects to Deliver Clean Energy to Downstate Market

The New York Public Service Commission on Aug. 13 announced an update on transmission initiatives underway to implement the 2020 Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act. This legislation calls for significant investment  to meet New York’s target of sourcing 70 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The 2019 Climate Leadership…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Advance Alternative Ratemaking Plans to Support Clean Energy Transition

Alternative ratemaking plans and innovative rate design proposals continue to emerge as utilities adapt to policy and technology changes driven by decarbonization efforts and distributed energy growth. With growing state mandates to increase renewable energy generation, regulators are devising performance metrics and incentives to encourage utility innovation in achieving policy goals.

Missouri Commission Approves Ameren’s Plan to Promote Demand-Side Programs

The Missouri Public Service Commission on August 5 approved an agreement, permitting Ameren Missouri to continue its energy efficiency and demand response plan. The program is an extension of Cycle 3 of the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act, or MEEIA, which was signed into law in 2009 to encourage investor-owned electric utilities to advance demand-side management…...

Massachusetts Launches Program to Foster Clean Energy Generation During Peak Periods

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on Aug. 4 announced the launch of the Clean Peak Energy Standard, an incentive program designed to encourage the use of clean energy resources during times of peak electricity demand. The first-in-the-nation program requires retail electricity suppliers to increase their kilowatt-hour sales from clean energy during seasonal peak demand…...

New Jersey Extends Budget for Energy Efficiency, Offshore Wind Programs to Aid Economic Recovery

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on July 29 approved an extension of the state’s Clean Energy Program budget through the end of September, consistent with the state’s extended fiscal year. The extended budget will allocate a total of $7 million for the fifth quarter of Fiscal Year 2020 to support renewable energy, energy…...

New York Announces $1 Billion Clean Energy Investment for Low-to-Moderate Income Customers

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 27 announced nearly $1 billion in clean energy investments through 2025 to support energy efficiency programs for low-to-moderate income customers and communities in the state. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will collaborate with the state’s investor-owned utilities to provide more affordable energy options for more…...

U.S. Energy Department Invests $118 Million to Advance Clean Coal Technologies

The U.S. Energy Department announced funding for cost-shared projects focused on developing the critical components required under its Coal FIRST initiative, according to a July 17 news release. The department selected seven projects to share the $37 million federal funding and released a new funding opportunity announcement for $81 million. The initiative aims to develop…...

NYSERDA Announces Strategic Partnership to Mitigate COVID Spread While Advancing Climate Goals

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on July 8 announced it has entered into a partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers to improve indoor quality in the post-COVID-19 environment to mitigate the risk on public health. The initiative also plans to advance building electrification and energy…...

Florida Regulator Approves Utilities’ Energy Conservation Programs

The Florida Public Service Commission on July 7 approved demand side management plans filed by the state’s five investor-owned utilities, finding that the programs are the public interest. The agency decided that the new initiatives are projected to meet conservation targets and have no adverse cost impact to customers. The commission rejected staff’s recommendation to…...