Massachusetts Bill Would Set Goal for 100 Percent Renewables by 2045

Massachusetts House Democratic lawmakers Marjorie Decker and Sean Garballey introduced legislation on Jan. 28 that would transition Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable electricity. The bill would set a target for the state to source all of its electricity from renewable energy by 2035 and calls for an economy-wide transition to renewables, including heating and transportation,...

New York Regulator Launches Review of Market Conditions as Con Edison Stops Accepting New Gas Customers

The New York Department of Public Service will conduct an analysis of the changing market conditions that led to Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc.’s decision to stop enrolling new gas customers, according to a Jan. 28 press release. The study will focus on Westchester County and other areas facing supply and demand issues,...

Tenaska Receives Approval for 260MW Nobles 2 Wind Farm in Southwestern Minnesota

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued an order on Jan. 23 approving Tenaska Inc.’s 260 megawatt Nobles 2 wind farm in Nobles County, southwestern Minnesota. The project will include between 65 to 82 wind turbines, with a nameplate capacity ranging from 2 to 4.2 megawatts each, spread over approximately 42,200 acres. In December, Nobles 2 executed a power purchase…

U.S. to Become Net Energy Exporter for First Time in Seven Decades: EIA

U.S. energy exports in 2020 are projected to surpass imports for the first time since 1953, thanks to the continued growth in petroleum and natural gas exports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s Annual Energy Outlook released on Jan. 24. The trend is expected continue for the next three decades driven by large increases in the…...

New Jersey Launches Community Solar Pilot to Expand Clean Energy Access

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved rules for a community solar pilot, allowing residents to participate in a solar project that is not located on their property, according to a Jan. 17 news release. The agency said that expanding solar access is key to achieve Democratic Governor Phil Murphy’s stated goal of 100…...

Connecticut RPS Compliance Payments Fell by More Than Half in 2016 as Power Use Dropped: Report

Alternative compliance payments assessed under Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standards program fell to $2.329 million in 2016, a decline of more than half from 2014, according to a RPS compliance report issued Jan. 23 by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Assessed alternative compliance payments fell down from $3.90 million in 2015 and $7.86 million in 2014…....

New York Grid Operator’s Multi-Year Strategy Seeks to Align Market Design With Policy Goals

The New York Independent System Operator Inc. on Jan. 22 released a five-year plan that outlines a path forward to tackle the changing grid dynamics and support the growing role of public policy initiatives in reshaping the grid. The 2019-2023 plan identifies strategic initiatives to guide the development of projects and resource allocations as evolving regulations and…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Promise of Offshore Wind Sparks Race for Leadership Among Eastern U.S. States

Eastern U.S. states are jockeying to claim the mantle of leadership of the nation's still-budding offshore wind industry, eyeing major infrastructure upgrades and workforce training to meet procurement targets and capture the billions-of-dollars in investments promised by the clean, abundant and largely untapped coastal wind resources.

Quinbrook Begins Construction of 300-Megawatt Wind Facility in Texas

Scout Clean Energy LLC, a Colorado-based renewable energy developer, announced the closing of financing and the launch of construction of its 300-megawatt Ranchero wind park in Texas, according to a Jan. 17 press release. The project has a 10-year proxy revenue swap, or PRS, with Allianz Global & Specialty Inc.’s Alternative Risk Transfer unit, in…...

New York Regulator Seeks Public Input on Calpine’s 124-Megawatt Wind Project

The New York State Board on Electric Generation announced hearings to receive comments on Bluestone Wind LLC’s proposal to construct a 124-megawatt wind energy project in the towns of Windsor and Sanford, Broome County. The move follows the board’s determination that the company’s Article 10 application is complete. The decision-making process under Article 10, adopted…...

Vermont State Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Offset Siting Impacts of Solar Facilities

Vermont House lawmaker Charles Shaw, a Republican, introduced legislation on Jan. 22 that would require in-state solar facilities to sell their renewable energy credits to distribution utilities that will apply the credits toward meeting the state’s renewable energy standard, in a bid to balance the local impacts of siting solar installations. Alternatively, the facility would have…...

Eversource, United Illuminating File Amended Eight-Year Plan for Renewable Energy Credit Purchases

Connecticut Light & Power Co., an affiliate of Eversource Energy, and The United Illuminating Co. filed amended plans on January 22 for the purchase of renewable energy credits to comply with Connecticut’s Low and Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program.  The annual LREC target for years 6-8 remains approximately $3.2 million for Eversource and approximately…