Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Subsidize Nuclear, House Delays Vote

The Ohio state Senate approved legislation on July 17 that would require electric customers to pay new monthly surcharges from 2021 through 2027, raising $150 million per year to subsidize FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.’s ailing nuclear plants. The revised version of the bill, which passed the House in May, would scale back the state’s renewable portfolio…

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…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Falling Costs of Batteries Put Gas Peakers in the Past

Battery storage has long held the promise of eventually replacing the costliest, most-polluting fossil-fuel fired generators that are used to meet surging electricity demand on the grid. That day may now be upon us as costs of batteries plummet and as state regulators from Massachusetts to Arizona weigh new incentives for the technology.

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…

U.S. Utility-Scale Battery Capacity Expected to Triple Over Five Years: EIA

U.S. utility-scale battery capacity is expected to nearly triple by the end of 2023 if planned additions of about 1,623 megawatts come online as scheduled, according to a July 10 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Grid-scale battery capacity more than quadrupled to almost 900 megawatts in March 2019 from 214 megawatts at the…

Batteries Can Replace At Least 275 Megawatts of New York’s Peaker Plants: Report

The New York Department of Public Service on July 1 released a unit-by-unit study of replacing or repowering peaking units, which are fossil‐fuel generators that typically operate during high demand periods. The analysis identified at least 275 megawatts, representing about 6 percent of the state’s peaking fleet, as potential candidates for substitution with 6-hour batteries…

California Assembly Passes Bill Seeking Nearly $17 Million for Battery Projects in High-Fire Threat Districts

The California state Assembly approved a measure requiring the Public Utilities Commission to earmark 10 percent of the 2020 funds from the Self Generation Incentive Program to install battery storage and distributed energy systems, in order to back up critical infrastructure in areas facing high wildfire risks. The allocation would amount to $16.6 million funded…