California Grid Operator Sees Shortfall in Power Capacity Starting in 2021

The California Independent System Operator Corporation called for an immediate plan to address near-term reliability needs through 2022, according to a July 23 filing in response to the Public Utilities Commission’s rulemaking to refine long-term procurement planning requirements. The grid operator projects a gap of up to 2 gigawatts beginning in the summer of 2021…

PJM Interconnection Requests Show Growing Shift From Natural Gas to Renewables

Virginia, followed by Ohio and Pennsylvania ranked as the top states within the PJM Interconnection LLC system for the amount of solar capacity requesting to be connected to the network, according to a July 26 report from the system manager. The bulk of the wind project requests, mostly large offshore projects, are from New Jersey…

Ohio Enacts Bill to Subsidize Nuclear, Scale Back Renewable Standard

Ohio state lawmakers approved legislation on July 23 requiring electric customers to pay new monthly surcharges from 2021 through 2027 to raise $150 million per year to subsidize FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.’s ailing nuclear plants. Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, signed the bill into law, making Ohio the fifth state in the nation to prop up…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Carbon Emission Pricing in the U.S.: State of Play in 2019

As legislatures adjourn, U.S. states take stock of their progress on expanding clean energy and climate policies. Measures to tackle greenhouse gas emissions have long been a political lightning rod, but mechanisms like carbon pricing are coming up more regularly in legislative sessions and evolving to play a key role in the shift to a low-carbon economy.

Eversource Loses New Hampshire Court Battle Over $1.6 Billion Transmission Project

The New Hampshire Supreme Court on July 19 ruled in favor of the state’s decision that denied a key permit for Eversource Energy to construct its 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line designed to supply hydro power from Hydro-Quebec’s dams in Canada to New England. Last February, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, the state agency…

Hawaiian Electric Seeks 900 Megawatts of New Renewables to Replace Ageing Fossil Fuel Plants

The Hawaiian Electric Company has submitted a plan with state regulators for its largest-ever renewable energy solicitation, seeking about 900 megawatts of new renewable generation capable of delivering nearly 2 million megawatt-hours each year, according to a July 17 filling. Pending regulatory approval, the utility plans to issue the final RFPs by August 9 and…

Illinois Enacts Bill Allowing One-Year Extension for Supply of Renewable Credits From New Projects

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker, a Democrat, signed legislation that allows a one-year extension of the date by which the Illinois Power Agency is required to deliver renewable energy credits from new utility-scale wind and solar projects acquired through long-term contracts. The bill sets a June 1, 2022 deadline for the agency to begin supplying…

New England Grid Operator Draws Criticism for Withholding Rate Data in Evaluating Retirement Bids

Public Citizen, a Washington DC-based consumer advocacy group, lodged a protest against that New England grid operator for failing to provide access to details of its interim fuel security program in its rate filing on delist bids submitted for the 2023-24 capacity auction, according to a July 17 filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.…

State Utility Regulators Challenge FERC Denial to Allow Opt Out of Energy Storage Rule

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to deny states the opportunity to opt out of storage participation in wholesale markets, according to a July 16 press release. The organization, which represents state utility commissions,…

New York Awards Largest Offshore Wind Contract for 1.7 Gigawatts, Enacts Green New Deal

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 18 announced the selection of two projects totaling 1.7 gigawatts in New York’s first comprehensive offshore wind solicitation. Cuomo also signed legislation, which requires a carbon-neutral power system by 2040 and codifies the state’s targets of 6 gigawatts of solar by 2025, 3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030,…