EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Nevada, Washington, Puerto Rico Join the Tide of 100-Percent Clean Energy States

Nevada, Washington, Maryland and Puerto Rico are the latest states and territory to strengthen targets for clean energy, showing how momentum is building across the U.S. for policy makers to break away from fossil fuels over the next couple of decades. These new standards brings to five the number of states and territories that are in the advanced stages of hiking renewable goals so far this year.

Ohio Commission Staff Endorses Duke Energy’s RPS Compliance Report

Duke Energy Ohio Inc. indicated that it has obtained the necessary renewable energy credits needed to satisfy its 2018 compliance obligations under the state’s renewable portfolio standard. Duke filed its RPS compliance status report for the 2018 compliance year on March  27. In its compliance filing, the company proposed a baseline of 4,195,899 megawatt-hours, which…

Pattern Energy’s 130-Megawatt Solar Project Qualifies for Texas Renewable Credits

The Texas Public Utilities Commission certified Old Jackson Solar LLC’s solar generating facility, which has a nameplate capacity of about 128-megawatts, as a renewable energy credit generator, according to an April 29 order. The project is expected to come online during the summer of 2020. The project will be developed by Pattern Development, a subsidiary…

Power Producers Find New York City’s Building Emission Law Conflicts With Renewable Standard

The Independent Power Producers of New York Inc. wrote a letter to the New York Public Service Commission on April 29, expressing concern that a law passed by the New York City Council allowing the use of renewable energy credits from large-scale hydroelectric impoundment resources conflicts with the commission’s renewable energy standard adopted in 2004.…

New York Kicks Off Storage Incentive Program, Allocating $280 Million Worth of Funding

The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency on April 25 announced a funding opportunity for two categories of projects as part of the state’s $400 million investment to attain the ambitious goal of deploying 3 gigawatts of storage by 2030. The state is making available $150 million for bulk storage projects comprising installations…

Texas-Based 7X Energy Secures Contract for 690-Megawatt Solar Project, Largest in State

Solar developer 7X Energy signed a final power-purchase agreement for its 690-megawatt Taygete project in Pecos County, Texas, opening the doors for the state’s largest solar farm, according to an April 23 press release. The $650 million facility will be constructed in two stages, with the first phase anticipated to begin in the third quarter…

Washington State Lawmakers Pass Bill for 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2045

The Washington legislature on April 22 approved a measure requiring the state’s electricity supply to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free by 2045. The bill now moves to Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed into law. Inslee said he looked forward to signing the bill, calling it the nation’s most forward looking…

New York’s Third Large-Scale Renewable Purchase Expected to Draw $1 Billion Investment

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 23 announced a solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects in a series of annual procurements under New York’s Clean Energy Standard, which requires half the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030. The competition is expected to spur over $1 billion in private investment and support around…

New York Regulator Ends Utilities’ Interconnection Incentive, Says More Effective Tools Available

The New York Public Service Commission on April 24 directed the state’s electric utilities to terminate the use of outcome-based earning incentives tied to interconnection, finding that the metric no longer presents an opportunity to earn revenue that is connected to improved customer value. The agency found that more effective tools have been developed and…

Con Edison Set to Launch ‘Community Power,’ Expanding Solar for Low Income Customers

The Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. on April 23 filed a plan with the New York Public Service Commission to implement its “Community Power” project, which will examine ways to boost distributed solar access for low- and moderate-income customers. The company proposes to install solar arrays on the roofs of New York City…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – A Second Boom in Wind Power Is Coming to the U.S. as Tax Credit Phase-Out Looms

U.S. wind power has more than tripled over the last decade, surpassing hydropower to become the nation's single-largest source of renewable capacity, and that's due in no small part to federal tax incentives. The industry is now poised to enjoy one last hurrah from the tax program as the expiration of the credits this year is setting in motion a rush to build about 11 gigawatts of new projects, accounting for the largest expansion of the sector since 2012.