Biofuel Industry Says U.S. EPA Failed to Ensure Integrity of Renewable Fuel Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 15 proposed to calculate the small refinery exemptions for 2020 under the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, program based on a three-year average of the relief recommended by the Energy Department. The biofuel industry criticized the proposal for failing to meet the Oct. 4 agreement with the Trump…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – How Utility Rate Cases Are Evolving in the Face of New Energy Challenges

Utility rate proceedings are evolving into forums to address emerging energy sector issues as grid modernization and resiliency, renewable energy procurement, and emissions reduction programs form a growing part of suppliers' business.

NIPSCO Launches Solicitation for 2.6 Gigawatts of Renewables to Phase Out Coal

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC on Oct. 1 issued a request for proposals for 2,600 megawatts of solar, wind, and storage to satisfy a 2023 capacity need identified in its integrated resource plan, which proposes to phase out coal-fired generation by 2028. The company is requesting proposals in three areas:  300 megawatts of…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Microgrids Come Under the Microscope as States Look to Study Benefits

In the last year alone, states from Maine to New Mexico have enacted measures mandating the study of microgrids, showing the growing interest in harnessing the technology to shore up grid reliability and accomplish broader policy goals in which microgrids may play a role.

Indexing REC Pricing Against Market Prices Will Lower Costs of Renewable Projects: Clean Energy Groups

Directing future Tier 1 renewable energy credit, or REC, procurements under New York’s Clean Energy Standard to include pricing that is indexed against wholesale market prices will result in lower and less volatile costs to consumers, according to an Oct. 2 filing by the American Wind Energy Association,  Alliance for Clean Energy New York, and…

Bankrupt Agera Faces Sanctions Amid Failure to Pay $2.2 Million for RPS Compliance

The New Hampshire Public Utility Commission issued a second order on Oct. 2 demanding that retail power supplier Agera Energy LLC make alternative compliance payments totalling over $2.2 million to satisfy compliance with the state’s 2018 renewable portfolio standards. Agera, which filed for bankruptcy with a federal bankruptcy court in New York on Oct. 4th,…...

PacifiCorp’s Draft Long-Term Plan Seeks to Retire 4.5 Gigawatts of Coal-Fired Generation

PacifiCorp unveiled its draft long-term resource plan on Oct. 3 that proposes to retire 20 of its 24 coal units by the end of the planning period in 2038, reducing coal-fired generation capacity by about 4.5 gigawatts. The plan, which envisions about 7 gigawatts of renewables and storage by 2025, identifies battery installations as part…

Illinois Commission Rejects Investigation of Solar Lottery Program

The Illinois Commerce Commission denied a request by solar developer Sunrise Energy Ventures LLC to investigate the Illinois Power Agency’s Adjustable Block Program lottery conducted in April to select projects for renewable energy credit, or REC, contracts, according to an Oct. 2 order.  The commission found that the lottery is within the discretion granted to…

Dominion Energy Has Another Go At $600 Million Plan to Upgrade Virginia Power Grid

Dominion Energy Inc. on Sept. 30 filed a second petition with the Virginia State Corporation Commission for approval of the first three-year phase of its 10-year grid transformation plan. The $594 million proposal includes investments in a customer information platform that allows for digital management of energy usage and nearly one million smart meters, which…

New Mexico Regulator to Decide PNM’s Coal Plant Securitization After Court Declines to Clarify

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Oct. 3 declined to hear a petition seeking clarification regarding the applicability of the Energy Transition Act to the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s closure and replacement of the San Juan coal-fired plant. The law, which took effect in June, includes provisions to issue energy transition bonds for…

California Enacts Law Reinforcing Authority Over Electricity Procurement

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Oct. 2 directing the Public Utilities Commission to review each retail seller’s annual renewable portfolio standard compliance report and notify a seller if it may be at risk of not satisfying the requirement. The law requires the commission to ensure that load-serving entities carry out their integrated resource…