FERC Denies Rehearing of Orders on PJM Capacity Market Reforms

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 16 largely rejected requests to reconsider its December 2019 order that directed PJM Interconnection LLC to extend the minimum offer price, or MOPR, to state-subsidized resources attempting to enter the capacity market. The agency also denied rehearing of its June 2018 order which found that state subsidies distort...

Consumers Energy Wins Michigan Approval for $1 Billion Worth of Solar Power Contracts

The Michigan Public Service Commission on April 15 granted Consumers Energy Co.’s request for approval of 31 power purchase agreements for 394 megawatts of solar power. The contracts stem from September 2019 settlement between Consumers Energy and numerous developers of proposed solar projects in the company’s interconnection queue, resolving issues under the Public Utility Regulatory...

Virginia Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Transition to Carbon-Free Power by 2050

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam on April 11 signed into law the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which sets the state on the path to carbon-free power by 2050. The law replaces the voluntary renewable energy portfolio program with a mandatory standard, and paves the way for an enormous expansion of wind and solar power, and energy...

Michigan Commission Approves DTE Electric’s Revised Long-Term Resource Plan

The Michigan Public Service Commission on April 15 approved DTE Electric Co.’s revised integrated resource plan, which incorporates changes to address the shortcomings that the agency identified in the original plan. The company revised the rate impact analysis to reflect the selection of a single pathway instead of four possible scenarios and removed unapproved supply-side...

EIA Lowers U.S. Wind, Solar Projections for 2020 Amid COVID-19 Economic Slowdown

The U.S. electric power sector will add 19.4 gigawatts of wind capacity and 12.6 gigawatts of utility-scale solar capacity in 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Short-Term Energy Outlook issued on April 7. These annual wind and solar capacity additions are 5 percent and 10 percent lower, respectively, compared to the previous report. Renewable...

District of Columbia to Procure Renewable Energy for Standard Offer Service Portfolio

The District of Columbia Public Service Commission approved a pilot program to procure renewable energy through a long-term power purchase contract to supply five percent of the district’s standard offer service, or SOS, procurement portfolio, according to an April 8 press release. The commission directed Potomac Electric Power Company, which administers the SOS program, to…

New York Regulator Reaffirms Decision Approving Calpine’s 124-Megawatt Wind Project

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on April 9 denied petitions seeking rehearing of the agency’s December 2019 decision permitting Bluestone Wind LLC to construct a 124-megawatt wind energy project in Broome County. Petitioners challenged the factual and legal findings of the board with regard to the project’s impact…

New York Law Creates Renewable Energy Siting Office to Streamline Permitting for Large-Scale Projects

New York lawmakers passed legislation as part of the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 state budget to establish an Office of Renewable Energy Permitting, which will create a siting process specifically designed for renewable energy projects, according to an April 3 announcement from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The office, the first of…

U.S. Energy Department to Invest $42 Million in Offshore Wind, Marine Energy Technologies

The U.S. Energy Department announced $20 million funding for offshore wind projects focused on enhancing the ability to forecast production and demonstrating the application of new commercial-scale technologies. In a separate funding opportunity, the department’ Water Power Technologies Office announced up to $22 million for marine energy foundational research by continuing to build research capabilities…

DTE Electric Files Revised Renewable Energy Plan With Michigan Regulators

DTE Electric Company proposed a 225-megawatt wind farm and two solar power purchase contracts of about 125 megawatts in its revised renewable energy plan filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission on March 31. The generation capacity, to be added over the next two years, would enable compliance with the 15 percent of the renewable…