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…

Pennsylvania Set to Join Regional Carbon Market to Cut Power Sector Emissions

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order on Oct. 3, directing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to develop rules to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, a nine-state compact that established the nation’s first mandatory emissions trading program. The move is significant in that it would bring a major fossil fuel…

Renewables to Supply Half of World’s Electricity by 2050, Led by Solar: EIA

The Energy Information Administration projects that renewables will collectively provide almost 50 percent of global electricity generation by 2050, with solar being the fastest growing technology, according to its latest International Energy Outlook 2019. Resource availability, renewable policies, regional load growth, and declining technology costs drive EIA’s projected increase in global electricity generation from solar technologies.…

Illinois Power Agency Unveils 2020 Power Procurement Plan for Ameren, ComEd, MidAmerican Energy Customers

The Illinois Power Agency on Sept. 30 proposed a plan for the procurement of electricity for eligible retail customers of Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company, and MidAmerican Energy Company for the period of June 2020 through May 2025. The plan provides recommendations related to the procurement of electricity, capacity, and associated transmission services to…

Delmarva Power & Light Submits Annual Renewable Portfolio Compliance Report to Regulators

The Delaware Public Service Commission received Delmarva Power & Light Company’s annual renewable portfolio compliance report covering June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019 compliance year, according to a September 23 filling. The company reports total retail sales of 8,080,249 megawatt-hours, with 17.5 percent from eligible energy resources, including 1.75 percent from solar photovoltaics. Established in…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – How States Are Strengthening Utility Planning to Adapt to Rapid Changes in Energy Sector

Utility resource planning is becoming more complex in the fast-changing energy landscape, prompting intense scrutiny from regulators. State measures are transforming the way utilities procure energy in light of continued growth in intermittent large-scale energy, customer-sited generation, demand response, energy efficiency, and clean energy commitments.

DTE Energy Aims for Zero-Carbon Power by 2050

DTE Energy Company plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from electric generation by 2050, building on its existing commitment to cut emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040, according to a Sept. 26 news release. The company said that achieving carbon neutrality requires technological advancements in carbon capture, large-scale storage, and modular nuclear…

New Jersey’s Community Solar Pilot Attracts Applications for 650 Megawatts of Capacity

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced that state’s community solar program has received an overwhelming response, attracting over 250 applications that represent more than 650 megawatts of capacity, according to a Sept. 26 press release. The three-year pilot, launched in January, has a capacity limit of 75 megawatts for the first year. The…

Colorado Regulator Joins Climate Change Coalition

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission joined a coalition of western utility regulators, a cooperative effort formed in 2006 to promote clean energy and reduce carbon emissions, according to a Sept. 24 news release. The commission is the fifth to take part in the Joint Action Framework on Climate Change, following the Nevada’s utility commission, which…

Maryland Net Metering Installations Reach 50 Percent of 1.5-Gigawatt Limit: PSC Report

The number of net-metered facilities in Maryland has been growing in recent years, but the current installed capacity of about 754 megawatts is just over half of the eligible cap, according to the Maryland Public Service Commission’s annual report issued on Sept. 24. The agency does not recommend changes to the cap as it is…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Push for Utility Pilots to Expand Grid-Scale Battery Deployment

An unprecedented number of states are rushing to procure battery storage resources as the technology is seen as increasingly critical to balance supply and demand on power grids more saturated with intermittent supplies. Thanks to innovation and declining costs, battery technologies are increasingly presenting themselves in utility resource planning, interconnection procedures, renewable energy procurement, and utility pilots.