RGGI Carbon Auction Sells Out, Generates $94 Million

The 48th quarterly carbon auction of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first mandatory cap-and-trade program to cut power sector emissions, sold more than 16.3 million carbon allowances at a clearing price of $5.75. The auction generated about $93.9 million, bringing the total proceeds to nearly $3.6 billion. The clearing price was slightly higher...

Invenergy Wins Approval for New York’s Largest Wind Generation Project

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on June 3 granted a permit, allowing Alle-Catt Wind Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Invenergy LLC, to construct a 340-megawatt wind generating facility in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Wyoming counties. The $454 million facility, spanning about 30,000 acres, is expected to generate up to...

U.S. Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Rose by 26 Percent in 2019: EIA

U.S. biomass-based diesel imports increased by 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day after three consecutive years of decline, according to a June 2 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Production of biomass-based diesel, which refers to biodiesel and renewable diesel, is largely driven by federal and state policies as...

Connecticut Regulator Provides Relief for Renewable Energy Projects Facing Delays From COVID-19

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority extended the start date for delivery of renewable energy credits, or RECs, from low and zero emission facilities under the state’s LREC/ZREC program to provide flexibility for projects that may be facing delivery delays due to the COVID 19 pandemic, according to a June 1 press release. The agency...

Number of Renewable Projects Co-located With Storage Continue to Grow Across U.S: EIA

The number of solar and wind generation sites co-located with battery installations has grown to 53 in 2019, from 19 paired sites in 2016, according to a May 18 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Another 56 such facilities will come online by the end of 2023 according to planned installations reported to the...

Renewables Exceed Coal in U.S. for the First Time in Over a Century: EIA

U.S. annual energy consumption from renewables reached 11.5 quadrillion British thermal units in 2019, surpassing coal for the first time since before 1885, according to a May 28 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The agency pointed to the growth of renewable energy, especially wind and solar energy, for electricity generation amid the continued...

Virginia Regulators Approve Dominion Energy’s Voluntary Time-of-Use Rate Program

The Virginia State Corporation Commission on May 20 authorized Dominion Energy Inc. to establish an experimental, voluntary residential time-of-use, or TOU, rate schedule and a solar incentive program. Under the new schedule, participants will be subject to time-varying energy charges based on the season and the time period of consumption that the company categorizes as...

Ohio Regulators Approve Nation’s First Freshwater Offshore Wind Project With Conditions

The Ohio Power Siting Board on May 21 issued a certificate allowing Icebreaker Wind Inc. to construct a 20.7- megawatt offshore wind demonstration project in Lake Erie, subject to 33 conditions. The order includes a condition that the turbines remain feathered during nighttime hours from March 1 to November 1, in order to mitigate the...

Alaska Commission Begins Process to Regulate Electric Reliability Organization

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska on May 18 opened a proceeding to establish certification standards for regional electric reliability organizations, or EROs, and create a regulatory framework to oversee them. The move stems from legislation enacted in March that authorized the commission to certify EROs and define their duties including submission of integrated resource plans,...

Geronimo Energy Seeks Permit for 128-Megawatt Solar Project, Largest in South Dakota

Wild Springs Solar LLC filed an application with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for a permit to build a 128-megawatt solar project in eastern Pennington County, according to a May 22 notice. The project will serve Basin Electric Power Cooperative under a 15-year power purchase agreement, starting in 2022 to help the cooperative meet...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Extend Much-Needed Regulatory Relief to Solar Industry in Response to COVID-19

A handful of U.S. states have taken steps to provide relief for the solar industry that has been facing uncertainties in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures to address the ensuing challenges range from expanding incentive programs, extending project deadlines, and expediting new projects.

California Adopts New Standard Contracts for Small Generators Under Federal Power Purchase Law

The California Public Utilities Commission on May 15 issued a decision adopting a new standard offer contract for independent electricity generators of up to 20 megawatts seeking to sell their power to regulated utilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act 1978, or PURPA. The commission established a contract length of 12 years for new…...