New England Solar Generation Projected to More Than Double Through 2027: Annual Outlook

The New England electric grid is moving towards a hybrid system marked by a transition from conventional to renewable generation, and from centrally-dispatched generation to distributed resources, according to the ISO New England Inc.’s 2019 annual outlook. Over 150,000 behind-the-meter solar panels were installed across the region’s six states, with a combined capacity of nearly…

Clean Line Energy Wins Missouri Approval for $2.3 Billion Wind Power Line

The Missouri Public Service Commission on March 20 unanimously approved Clean Line Energy Partners LLC’s 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission system designed to deliver 4,000 megawatts of wind power from Western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and the neighboring states. The move follows a July 2018 ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court, which found that…...

Virginia Enacts Law Establishing Solar Rebates for Low Income Households

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on March 18 creating a pilot program to disburse loans or rebates for solar installations in households whose income is at or below 80 percent of the state or regional median income. (HB 2741) Residents applying for the program are required to document the installation of energy efficiency services…...

Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Preventing Participation in Regional Carbon-Trading Program

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam vetoed legislation on March 14 that would prohibit the state from joining a regional carbon program to reduce power plant emissions, without a two-thirds majority vote from both the legislative chambers. Northam also vetoed a similar bill related to limiting emissions from vehicles, saying that the measures violate the state constitution…

Kentucky Passes Bill That Could Stall Residential Solar Growth

Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation on March 14 that would redefine net metering by requiring state regulators to set the compensation rate for solar customers through a ratemaking process. Retail electric suppliers would be entitled to implement rates to recover the costs incurred to serve customer-generators, including fixed and demand-based charges. (SB 100) The bill would…...

Illinois Lawmakers Float Bill Boosting Renewable Target to 40 Percent by 2030

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill known as the Path to 100, which would boost the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 40 percent by 2030, up from the current 25 percent by 2025, as well as improve opportunities for utility-scale renewable projects to get approval and begin construction, putting the state on a path to 100 percent clean…

Kansas Regulator Declines to Mandate Smart Meter Opt-Out Program, Citing Difficulty in Implementation

The Kansas Corporation Commission decided that there is no need for utilities to offer an alternative metering solution for customers who wish to opt out of advanced meters, according to a March 14 order. The agency said that implementing an opt-out program would be difficult, given the high costs and administrative burden. Such a program…...

Nevada State Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Double Renewable Standard, Set Goal for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Electricity

Democratic Senator Chris Brooks introduced legislation on March 18 that would raise Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030 from the current level of 25 percent by 2025. The bill would also set a goal of achieving all of the state’s electricity from carbon-free resources by 2050. The legislation adds to the number…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Make Strides in Setting Pay Outs for Battery Storage, Opening Door to Growth

U.S. states are plowing ahead in setting market compensation rules for battery technology, laying the foundation for future growth of the fast-maturing technology in retail and wholesale markets. While progressive states California, New York and Massachusetts are charging ahead in how to value the resource, others are still grappling with how to regulate a system that fails to fit squarely in any one box and that raises a range of jurisdictional and ownership questions.

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Asked to Redo Long-Term Resource Plan

The Puerto Rico Energy Commission on March 14 found that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s proposed integrated resource plan did not comply with the agency’s regulation and prior orders. The agency said that the plan includes a scenario titled “Energy System Modernization Plan,” which does not meet the regulatory requirement to use a capacity…

Maine Brings Back Net-Metering, Sets the Stage for Renewable Portfolio Standard Boost

The Maine legislature passed a bill on March 15 that would reestablish net metering for consumers with solar installations, doing away with the previous administration’s gross metering policy. The legislation, introduced by State Representative Seth Berry, a Democrat, will likely be signed by fellow Democratic governor Janet Mills. Gross metering was developed by the Maine Public Utility Commission with…

Court Rules Against FERC in $42 Billion Jurisdictional Dispute Over PG&E Bankruptcy

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on March 11 ruled that the bankruptcy code is adequate to decide the future of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s wholesale power purchase contracts. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission claimed that the agency has concurrent jurisdiction with bankruptcy courts over wholesale contracts that the utility…