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  • PJM MOPR could cost market consumers up to $2.6B annually, report finds

    May 21, 2020 12:00 PM

    A new market rule could cost customers in the PJM Interconnection from $1 billion to $2.6 billion annually, according to an updated analysis from consulting firm Grid Strategies. The estimate cuts in half the group's cost analysis from August, which found the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) could cost up to $5.7 billion per year. But while it's widely been accepted by stakeholders that costs are not anticipated to rise in the next capacity auction, Grid Strategies' "conservative" estimate...

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  • Great River Energy to exit coal, close 1.15 GW plant, but North Dakota governor vows rescue

    May 14, 2020 12:00 PM

    The decision to shutter the Coal Creek Station drew praise from environmental activists, but concern from North Dakota lawmakers who say it is a modern facility vital to the state's economy. The cooperative said the changes will significantly reduce member power supply costs, and will allow it to provide a 95% carbon-free energy portfolio. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, R, in a statement, called the decision "disappointing" and said the plant is the state's "most efficient and updated...

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  • Cold storage: Organic proton batteries show disposal, solar pairing advantages in advance to market

    May 13, 2020 02:30 PM

    Scientists in Sweden are stepping up in the global race to efficiently store renewable energy with an all-organic proton battery whose capabilities surprised even the researchers. Among them, the battery can be recharged directly from a solar cell within seconds, and can withstand temperatures of up to -24 degrees Celsius without losing capacity. The path to market remains long, but easier disposal compared to the hazardous-waste disposal challenges surrounding lead-acid and lithium-ion...

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  • Representatives urge FERC to continue critical natural gas, LNG projects during COVID-19 crisis

    May 11, 2020 12:00 PM

    Calling for a moratorium on natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzales (D-TX), Bill Flores (R-TX), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Jim Costa (D-CA), and Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) recently forwarded correspondence to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a plea to continue business as normal. The letter, addressed to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, called for an outright rejection of a moratorium on approving and constructing...

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  • Buildings are huge sources of load flexibility, but what's that worth to utilities? DOE investigates

    May 08, 2020 12:00 PM

    Buildings account for 75% of U.S. electricity consumption and up to 80% of peak demand, according to new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Initiative. Their electricity demand means buildings also represent the largest source of load flexibility on the electric grid, though researchers say utilities need to properly value that flexibility in order to fully engage them as energy...

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  • SCE procures 770 MW of battery storage to bolster California's grid as gas plants approach retirement

    May 07, 2020 12:00 PM

    Southern California Edison (SCE) is procuring a 770 MW/3,080 MWh package of battery resources to bolster grid reliability, the utility announced May 1, in what would be one of the largest storage procurements made in the United States to date. The battery projects will "enhance electric grid reliability and help address potential energy shortfalls identified in California," SCE said in a press release, adding that they would also help California’s broader clean energy transition as multiple...

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  • Rooftop solar applications up 40% despite COVID-19, HECO says, but DER groups want more

    May 04, 2020 12:00 PM

    Hawaiian Electric (HECO) hasn't seen a dramatic dip in applications to interconnect rooftop solar systems despite the shelter-in-place policy announced by Gov. David Ige at the end of March, the company said in a filing with state regulators last week. The company received 40% more applications between March 5 and April 15 than the same period last year, it told the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In total, 1,420 applications were filed with the utility from the beginning of the year..​

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  • BPA seeks energy purchase for winter loads in southeast Idaho

    May 01, 2020 12:00 PM

    The Bonneville Power Administration recently issued a request for offers for a five-year market purchase of power during winter months to serve a portion of its preference customer load in southeast Idaho. The purchases would be shaped up to 125 megawatts during heavy load hours in some months and will begin November 2021 and end in March 2026. The RFO, which was released April 22 and remains open through May 11, includes selection criteria, credit requirements, product description and...

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  • As EPA backs off enforcement, states and cities have little capacity to fill gap

    Apr 30, 2020 12:00 PM

    Since the Trump administration announced the suspension of much environmental enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic, advocates are calling on state and local regulators, as well as watchdog groups, to step up their efforts to fill the gap. But that won’t be easy, whether in a Democratic-controlled state like Illinois or a Republican one like Indiana, given the impacts of the pandemic and past staffing and budget cuts that have curbed the ability of states to carry out enforcement.

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  • As extreme weather spurs billions in utility resilience spending, regulators struggle to value investments

    Apr 29, 2020 02:15 PM

    The clarity of hindsight has shown policymakers the value of investments against a pandemic or a Fukushima, but debates continue over extreme weather preparedness. Hurricane flooding in the East and South and wildfire mayhem in the West have taught electric utilities they must invest billions in resilience, but it is still not clear which investments are the best use of ratepayers' money. "Measuring how well utilities are keeping the lights on and getting them back on when they go off is...

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