New York’s Distributed Solar Capacity Exceeds 2 Gigawatts Thanks to NY Sun Program: NYSERDA Report

New York installed 934 megawatts of distributed capacity through Sept. 30, with an additional 1,053 megawatts in the pipeline under the NY Sun program, a $1 billion initiative to expand solar capacity through the strategic use of public funds to build a self-sustaining market, according to a Nov. 14 report from the New York State…

Ohio Solar REC Prices Slumped As Much As 25 Percent in 2018: Report

The compliance obligations under Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard continue to shift from electric distribution companies to competitive retail suppliers, who were responsible for 78 percent of the requirements, up from 77 percent in the prior year, according to a Nov. 13 draft annual report by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission staff. Electric distribution utilities accounted…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gathers Steam as Northeast’s Climate Goals Ramp Up

In the latest sign of the health and growth of the nation's nascent offshore wind industry, state commitments to procure supplies of the energy source rose to nearly 20 gigawatts this year, quadruple the amount of capacity from just two years ago. The burgeoning industry remains upbeat even as federal permitting delays to the nation’s first large-scale project raised concerns of regulatory roadblocks.

Maine Utilities, Solar Developers Seek Rule Changes to Tackle Influx of Grid Connection Requests

A coalition of investor-owned utilities and renewable energy developers on Nov. 11 asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission for temporary rule changes to resolve issues arising from the growth in interconnection activity after the state passed a law in June that expands opportunities to invest in solar power and distributed generation.  The legislation led to…

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 seeks to keep some natural-gas-fired power plants open past their current 2020 closure dates by recommending…

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…

California on Track to Meet 2020 Emissions Target, Businesses Fully Compliant With Carbon Trading Program

The California Air Resources Board on Nov. 4 announced that all entities subject to the cap-trade emissions reduction system met their compliance requirements in 2018, which marks the first year of the program’s final three-year compliance period. Businesses covered by the program account for about 80 percent of the state’s emissions. The agency also reported…

Trump Administration Initiates Process to Exit Paris Climate Accord

The Trump administration has submitted a formal notification to the United Nations to withdraw the U.S from the Paris agreement on climate change, according to a Nov. 4 announcement from the State Department. The move initiates a one-year process to leave the 2015 pact that the U.S. joined during the Obama administration, committing to achieve…

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…

Southwest Power Pool Seeks Transmission Upgrade as Rapid Expansion of Renewables Bottlenecks System

The Southwest Power Pool Inc.’s board of directors approved the grid operator’s 2019 Integrated Transmission Plan, requiring members to construct 44 new projects, including 166 miles of transmission lines, according to an October 29 press release. The rapid expansion of renewables has contributed to increasing price disparity between the western and eastern portions of the SPP system, creating higher average…

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…