New York Power Authority Launches $1.1 Billion Program to Modernize Niagara Power Project

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 31 announced the launch of a 15-year modernization and digitization program to extend the life of the Niagara Power Project, the largest source of zero-carbon electricity in the state. The program centers on the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, a 2.4-gigawatt hydroelectric plant, which began operating in 1961. The…

Massachusetts Clarifies Offshore Wind Contract Terms Amid Tax Credit Phase Out

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed a measure on Aug. 1 requiring the levelized price of offshore wind contracts resulting from subsequent solicitations to be lower than the initial procurement if the price is adjusted for federal tax credits, inflation, and incentives. The legislation takes into account the decline of federal tax credits in…

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – August 2019 Update

State renewable portfolio standards are a key driver behind the torrid expansion of wind and solar generation across the U.S., responsible for about half of the nation’s deployment of the clean energy sources over the last couple of decades, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over three dozen states, territories and the nation’s capital…...

Western Power Market Yields $740 Million in Benefits, Allowing Effective Use of Surplus Renewable Energy

The Western Energy Imbalance market generated about $86 million in savings in the second quarter of this year, with total benefits reaching about $736 million since its launch in November 2014, according to a July 31 press release from the California Independent System Operator Corporation. The market helps displace less-clean energy supplies with surplus renewable…

Kentucky Regulator Launches Proceeding to Implement Net Metering Changes

The Kentucky Public Service Commission opened a docket on July 30 to implement legislation enacted in March that redefined net metering by directing state regulators to set the compensation rate for solar customers through a ratemaking process. Under the law, retail electric suppliers are entitled to recover the costs incurred to serve customer-generators, including fixed…

Massachusetts Legislation Facilitates Grid Connection of 800-Megawatt Vineyard Wind Offshore Project

Massachusetts state lawmakers on July 22 passed a bill that authorizes the Barnstable Town Council to grant an easement for a portion of Covell’s Beach to construct the interconnection between Vineyard Wind LLC’s offshore wind project and the New England power grid. The 800-megawatt project, jointly owned by Avangrid Renewables LLC and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,…

Community Choice Aggregators Seek Equitable Cost Allocation in PG&E’s Rate Case

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s proposed allocation of customer service-related costs in its rate case for the 2020-2022 period fails to reflect the cost differentials between bundled and unbundled electric distribution customers, according to a group of community choice aggregators operating in the utility’s territory. The differentials have become important with the advent of community…

U.S. Lawmakers Propose Bill to Extend Solar Tax Credit

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat representing Nevada, introduced legislation on July 25 that would provide a five-year extension of the solar investment tax credit at its full 30 percent value. Representative Mike Thompson, a California Democrat, joined by Republican Representatives Paul Cook of California and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, introduced a bipartisan companion…

FERC Orders PJM to Suspend 2019 Capacity Auction Until Rule Changes Are Implemented

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 25 directed PJM Interconnection LLC not to move forward with its annual capacity auction scheduled for Aug. 14-28, recognizing the need to ensure certainty for market participants who make resource investment and retirement decisions. The agency has not yet rendered a decision on the grid operator’s proposal filed…