Washington Enacts Law Requiring Electric Utilities to Plan for Distributed Energy Future

Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation on April 30 setting forth requirements that Washington’s electric utilities must accomplish in their distributed energy resources planning processes. The move comes on the heels of a measure approved by the legislature last month requiring the state’s electricity supply to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free by…

Colorado Passes Bill Aiming for 90 Percent Emissions Reduction by 2050

The Colorado legislature approved a measure on May 1, setting a goal of achieving emission cuts of 26 percent by 2025, 50 percent by 2030, and 90 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. The bill requires state regulators to establish implementation rules that may be revised as necessary to ensure timely progress toward the…

Sempra Energy’s Flow Battery Pilot Connects to California Grid, Promising Potential for Cost-Efficient, Large-Scale systems

The California Independent System Operator Corporation announced that San Diego Gas & Electric’s vanadium redox battery pilot has been connected to the wholesale power market, opening opportunities to leverage the features of flow batteries that could make bulk system electricity storage more cost-efficient, according to an April 30 news release. The four-year pilot is intended…

Western Power Market Yields $650 Million in Benefits, Allowing Effective Use of Carbon-Free Generation

The Western Energy Imbalance market generated about $85 million in savings in the first quarter of this year, with total benefits reaching over $650 million since its launch in November 2014, according to an April 29 press release from the California Independent System Operator Corporation. The market used over 52,000 megawatt-hours of surplus renewable energy…

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…