DTE Unveils $2 Billion Plan to Boost Renewables, Retire Coal and Slash Emissions by 2040

DTE Electric Company submitted its 2019 integrated resource plan to the Michigan Public Service Commission on March 29, outlining the company’s strategy for the next 20 years. The plan focuses on a transition from coal to renewables, boosting energy efficiency and accelerating carbon emission reductions. The utility’s plan calls for about $2 billion to be invested in renewable…

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – March 2019 Update

In this update, fossil-fuel rich New Mexico is the latest state to join the 100-percent-clean-energy club, a strong sign of the momentum building for pro-renewable policies across the U.S. New Mexico’s Democrat-led House charted a course for the state to obtain all of its power from carbon-free resources by 2045, with intermediate goals of 50 percent by…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Net Metering Faces Ups and Downs as States Prepare for a Future Replete With Solar

A decade into the nation's vast solar expansion, pitched battles continue to play out from the Northeast to the Midwest over how to set payouts for surplus supplies from the rooftop solar systems, throwing the future growth of the technology into question. Still, other states in the Northwest to the mid-Atlantic are studying how to chart a path forward.

PJM Files Price Formation Reforms for Proper Valuation of Energy Reserves

PJM Interconnection LLC on March 29 filed a proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revise its energy and reserve market rules to properly value the energy reserves that support grid reliability by providing the flexibility needed to accommodate the evolving resource mix. The grid operator said that the growing variability of power demand…...

Massachusetts Begins Process for Second Offshore Wind Solicitation of Up To 800 Megawatts

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies Unitil Corp., National Grid plc, and Eversource Energy, and the state’s Department of Energy Resources proposed a timetable and procedure to solicit and execute long-term contracts for up to 800 megawatts of offshore wind power, according to a March 29 notice from the Department of Public Utilities. The companies are…...

Hawaii Regulator Approves $86 Million for First Phase of HECO’s Grid Modernization Plan

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on March 25 authorized the initial, four-year phase of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ grid modernization strategy set to begin later this year. The companies will invest $86.3 million in advanced meters, a meter data management system, and a telecommunications network. The companies said that the first phase marks a “foundational…

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Legislation to Expand Community Solar, Establish Battery Pilot

The Maryland legislature on March 28 approved a measure that would extend the state’s community solar pilot through 2024 and remove the limit on the maximum number of subscribers in the program. The legislation would also include annually increasing capacity levels for each program category, modifying the current requirement that allows restrictions to enable regulators…...

U.S. Energy Department to Invest $130 Million to Advance Solar Technologies

The U.S. Energy Department will provide up to $130 million to support research and development of early-stage solar technologies, according to a March 26 news release. The funding will support up to 80 projects focused on photovoltaics, concentrating solar-thermal power, soft costs reduction, innovation in the solar manufacturing sector, and advanced grid integration technologies. The…...

Rhode Island Regulator Urges Approval of National Grid’s 400MW Offshore Wind Deal

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources advised the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission on March 22 to approve the proposed twenty year Power Purchase Agreement between National Grid’s subsidiary Narragansett Electric Company and the 400-megawatt Revolution offshore wind project developed by Orsted, a Danish energy giant. The contract, which details the terms and conditions by which the…

Puerto Rico Legislators Pass 100 Percent Renewable Energy Target, Boost Distributed Generation

The U.S. territory has passed the “Ley de Política Pública Energética de Puerto Rico” or Public Energy Policy Law of Puerto Rico on March 25, which among other energy reforms will set a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2050. The measure, introduced by Senator Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez, a member of the New Progressive Party, and Senator Eduardo Bhatia…

Virginia Enacts Law Expanding Solar for Customers of Electric Cooperatives

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on March 21 that makes changes to the net energy metering program for customers of electric cooperatives. The bill allows cooperatives to raise the net metering cap to seven percent of the system peak, with an increase allocated among residential, nonresidential, and not-for-profit and non-jurisdictional customers. (HB 2547) The legislation increases…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New Mexico Joins ‘Green Wave,’ Approving 100-Percent Clean Energy Goal

Fossil-fuel rich New Mexico may be among the more unlikely states to join the 100-percent-clean-energy club, but it did just that in March, in the strongest sign yet of the momentum building for pro-renewable policies across the U.S. New Mexico's Democrat-led House charted a course for the state to obtain all of its power from carbon-free resources by 2045, with intermediate goals of 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040, following passage of the Energy Transition Act.