EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Seek Closer Scrutiny of Net Metering as Utilities Push for Reforms

The debate over net metering for rooftop solar power continues across U.S. states as utilities seek rate structures that reduce the compensation for power exported to the grid or add charges to avoid shifting grid maintenance costs to non-solar customers. More than 20 states are reexamining the policy to more precisely assess the value of distributed generation. Some have changed their rules, while others have initiated studies, and a few have opted to continue with net metering. Critical findings across state commissions will influence the outcomes in other states.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Utilities Expand Green Pricing Options to Meet Growing Customer Demand

Utilities are optimizing green power programs to meet carbon reduction targets and satisfy their customers simultaneously. Green pricing options allow customers to meet a portion of their electricity needs from renewable energy resources. While offering innovative products to increase customer access to green power, these programs provide larger consumers the option to meet their varying sustainability and renewable energy goals.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – State Roadmaps Pave the Way Towards Electric Vehicle Future

States are setting ambitious targets to grow the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. More than half a dozen states, including Connecticut, North Carolina, Vermont, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, have unveiled blueprints this year to reach the goals. EV roadmaps and action plans are helping states explore the role of utilities, regulators, and market participants in the evolving industry and develop the necessary regulatory guidance.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Battery Storage Studies Proliferate in U.S. as State Targets Top 7 Gigawatts

More U.S. states are exploring programs and policies to leverage the application of battery storage for the benefit of the power grid and to examine how the technology may provide value to consumers. Studies and investigations are intended to help craft initiatives that can tap the resource for multiple applications ranging from offsetting peak loads, supporting renewable integration and stabilizing the distribution system, to providing peaking capacity and replacing fossil generation.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Community Choice Aggregation Expands in U.S. Amid Renewable Energy Push

Community choice aggregation has existed for over two decades, but it has gained popularity in recent years, driven by competitive rates, consumer interest in controlling their electricity source, and the desire for renewable energy options. The procurement model allows local governments to buy power on behalf of their communities, tailoring their purchases to meet customer preferences.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gathers Steam as Northeast’s Climate Goals Ramp Up

In the latest sign of the health and growth of the nation's nascent offshore wind industry, state commitments to procure supplies of the energy source rose to nearly 20 gigawatts this year, quadruple the amount of capacity from just two years ago. The burgeoning industry remains upbeat even as federal permitting delays to the nation’s first large-scale project raised concerns of regulatory roadblocks.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards

Democrats wrested control of Virginia’s historically conservative state legislature following November's off-year election, boosting prospects for the state to be next in line to establish a binding commitment to shift to renewable energy. Progressive lawmakers in Virginia will likely move swiftly in setting aggressive mandates to fight climate change, just as their counterparts have done in New Mexico, New York and Maine. While earlier efforts to pass sweeping environmental policy measures have failed, such as the state's bid to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the door is now open to action.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. States Push for Innovative Electric Vehicle Programs to Reach New Market Segments

More than a dozen states have enacted measures or advanced programs over the last six months to boost electric vehicle (EV) usage and attract private investment in charging infrastructure. Growing concern about emissions and climate change is drawing increased attention to the transportation sector, the nation’s biggest polluter.

U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards – October 2019 Update

State renewable portfolio standards are a key driver behind the torrid expansion of wind and solar generation across the U.S., responsible for about half of the nation’s deployment of clean energy sources over the last couple of decades, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over three dozen states, territories and the nation’s capital have…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – How Utility Rate Cases Are Evolving in the Face of New Energy Challenges

Utility rate proceedings are evolving into forums to address emerging energy sector issues as grid modernization and resiliency, renewable energy procurement, and emissions reduction programs form a growing part of suppliers' business.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Microgrids Come Under the Microscope as States Look to Study Benefits

In the last year alone, states from Maine to New Mexico have enacted measures mandating the study of microgrids, showing the growing interest in harnessing the technology to shore up grid reliability and accomplish broader policy goals in which microgrids may play a role.