Progressive Cap-and-Trade Climate Policy Moves Closer to Final Vote in Oregon

Legislation creating an ambitious cap-and-trade program in Oregon cleared a key committee on June 12 and is scheduled for a House vote on Monday. If passed, the bill would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt the market-based approach to slashing greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Democrats currently hold a trifecta in…

Maine Governor Signs Bill Forming Post to Investigate Alternatives to Building Power Lines

Democratic Governor Janet Mills signed legislation on June 14 establishing the position of a “nonwires alternative coordinator” to investigate and identify alternatives to proposed transmission projects, and evaluate the costs and benefits of nonwire alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. Nonwire alternatives refer to infrastructure, technology, or application that…

New Jersey Unveils Draft Plan for 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2050

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has released the draft version of the 2019 Energy Master Plan, which provides a blueprint made up of seven strategies for achieving the state’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emission by at least 80 percent compared to 2006 levels,…

Puerto Rico Unveils $14 Billion Grid Plan, Boosting Solar, Battery Storage

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) filed the latest edition of its 2019-2038 integrated resource plan which calls for 1,800 megawatts of solar, 920 megawatts of storage and resilient MiniGrids at a cost of about $14 billion, according to a June 7 testimony and plan. With the assistance of Siemens and extensive stakeholder input, PREPA settled…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – America’s Decade-Long Renewable Push Is Ramping Up

Lawmakers from about a dozen U.S. states advanced measures this year to grow supplies of renewable energy through bold anti-fossil-fuel mandates, showing that support for carbon free power sources bears no signs of abating even after years of steady policy action by legislatures.

New England Grid Operator Incorporates Wind, Intermittent Hydro into Day-Ahead Energy Market

The ISO New England Inc. requires wind and intermittent hydropower generators with a capacity supply obligation to offer their power into the grid operator’s day-ahead energy market, starting June 1. The requirement stems from an initiative launched in 2016 to enable these resources to take part in real-time markets and begin taking electronic dispatch instructions.…

Connecticut Joins Offshore Wind Race With 2-Gigawatt Commitment

Democratic Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation on June 7, authorizing the state to purchase up to 2 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, equivalent to 30 percent of the state load. The bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to select proposals through one or more solicitations and direct the state’s electric distribution companies to…

Michigan Regulator Clears Consumers Energy’s Plan to Eliminate Coal-Fired Power, Add 5 Gigawatts of Solar

The Michigan Public Service Commission on June 7 approved Consumers Energy Co.’s integrated resource plan, which calls for the addition of 5 gigawatts of solar capacity through competitive bidding by 2030 and phase-out of coal from its generation portfolio, putting the utility on a path to achieve 90 percent emissions reductions by 2040. The plan…

Invenergy Wins Missouri Approval to Buy 4-Gigawatt Wind Power Line

The Missouri Public Service Commission authorized Invenergy Investment Company LLC to acquire ownership of Clean Line Energy Partners LLC’s 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission project, according to a June 5 press release. The $2.3 billion multi-state transmission line is designed to deliver 4 gigawatts of wind power from Western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and…

Ohio Regulator Approves Non-Solar Alternative Compliance Payment for 2019

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission on June 5 set the alternative compliance payment for the non-solar portion of the state’s renewable portfolio standard at about $53 per megawatt-hour for 2019. Ohio has a target to procure 12.5 percent of electricity from renewables by 2027, with a solar carve-out of 0.5 percent. Electric distribution utilities or…

Nevada Enacts Law to Establish Performance-Based Ratemaking for Electric Utilities

Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak signed legislation on May 29 directing the Public Utilities Commission to adopt regulations enabling electric utilities to file alternative rate-making plans, which include performance-based rates that are based on performance metrics that the commission may establish. The legislation also authorizes the commission to include a mechanism for earnings sharing with the…