Illinois NextGrid Roadmap to a Clean Future, Lessons for Other Stakeholder Planning and Blue Ribbon Panel Efforts

Breaking Down Illinois’ NextGrid Roadmap to a Grid Edge Future, GreenTechMedia, Jeff St. John, January 17, 2019 Last week was the close of public comments on the final draft of the NextGrid Illinois Utility of the Future Study, a report that — while not an official roadmap for modernizing Illinois’ power grid and energy regulatory framework — represents the state’s biggest effort on that …

Stand alone prices for installed battery storage (20 mw with 4 hr storage)dropped 40% from the previous year. Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy, by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, January 13th, 2019  S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. In a few cases in the sunny Southwest region of the United States, several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand …

Top regulatory developments before PUCs in 2018

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE on GT Media: The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 Advanced Energy Economy looks back at the top regulatory developments of the past year, by Coley Girouard, Jan 18, 2019, on GTM The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018 — so far. With 2018 behind us, we …

Costs of electricity were going to go up with replacement of aging coal plants. Renewables make it cheaper and cleaner.

This article was adapted from the Repower Australia Plan. Australia’s fossil fuel generators are ageing Most of Australia’s remaining (and largest) coal power stations were built in 1970s and 80s. Typically, coal and gas-fired power stations are built to last 35 to 40 years and if they are looked after they might last 50 years, albeit with more frequent breakdowns. In New …

Two Rural Electric Cooperatives Overcome Barriers To Clean, Local Energy

January 14th, 2019 by John Farrell  Originally published at ilsr.org Two Rural Electric Cooperatives Overcome Barriers To Clean, Local Energy Rural communities formed rural electric cooperatives as a way to get energy where no one else would provide it. In the 21st century, some cooperatives have found an additional economic benefit in pursuing local renewable energy. In the cases of Farmers Electric Cooperative in Iowa and Kit …

New York Clean Energy Mandate (RPS standard) to be 70% in 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, Cuomo Announces Mammoth Offshore Wind & Distributed Solar Increases, January 16th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill Focusing specifically on the renewable energy aspects of his policy promises, Governor Cuomo unveiled a plan to mandate 100% clean energy by 2040 — the most aggressive such goal in the United States which, if approved, would set a target five years …

Cutting coal by 75-80% in four years, with full phase out within decade

Indiana Utility Says Replacing Coal With Renewables Will Save Customers $4 Billion November 8th, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Coal is king in Indiana when it comes to making electricity, but not for much longer. On October 31, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. filed its latest Integrated Resource Plan— the company’s road map to the future. After considering more than 30 different proposals, NIPSCO …

“Securitization” or Ratepayer Obligation Charge (“ROC”)Bonds for Stranded Coal and Other Fossil Fuel Plants

Opposition to CO HB19-1037—“Securitization” or Ratepayer Obligation Charge (“ROC”)Bonds for Stranded Assets These talking points will be revised as more information about the bill becomes available. Representative Chris Hansen introduced his “securitization” bill (HB19-1037) on Friday January 4, 2019.  It’s important to think very carefully before signing on to this bill with some of the reasons to oppose the bill …

Getting to zero in heating, in conjunction with utilities, in urban/development policy, and with the Green New Deal

Empowering Utilities to Participate in the Clean-Energy Transition – Part II, Part 2: Aligning Energy Demand with Renewable Energy Production in Oregon January 9, 2019  |  By Todd Zeranski & David Labrador This is the second blog in a three-part series. The first blog, Renewable Heating in Juneau, Alaska, is available here. One of the central challenges in transitioning to a more distributed and …

How Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Works

On this week’s Interchange podcast: Can solar rival gas plants in providing grid services? STEPHEN LACEY JANUARY 07, 2019 How Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Works Link here Forget everything you think you know about solar. A growing body of research and real-world experience shows that solar can be a flexible, dispatchable resource. And it can potentially rival gas plants in providing grid …