CCAs helping California get to 60% renewables by 2030 in the power sector and zero-emissions economy-wide by 2045

Community Choice Aggregators say they will use resource diversity, distributed energy resources and load management to lead California beyond its 2030 renewables goals. CCAs face unique challenges. Their lack of established credit may prevent new procurement, some power sector stakeholders told Utility Dive. CCAs responded that they will use resource diversity, distributed energy resources (DER), and load management to lead …

Utilities are ‘the new cyber battlefield. Distributed renewables could help but are less considered.

By Robert Walton June 18, 2019 The United States has increased efforts to insert malicious code into Russia’s electric grid, a development the The New York Times warned “enshrines power grids as a legitimate target” in the nations’ cold war of cyber one-upmanship. While President Trump denied the story on Twitter, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said it meant a cyberwar between the …

Adding more EV charging capability and demand management capability in Minnesota

 Excerpt from Utility Dive, July 2019https://www.utilitydive.com/news/xcel-minnesota-power-propose-subscription-services-lower-demand-charges-t/558047/ EV sales in Minnesota grew by 103% from 2017 to 2018, according to utility filings, compared with 81% growth nationally in the same time.  The state wants to harness that momentum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save customers money. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, rural drivers in the state could save $750 annually …

PUC asked for oversight to determine fair exit charges from fossil heavy utility

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) on July 2 asked a Colorado district court for a temporary restraining order against Tri-State Generation and Transmission, as other members look at buy out costs. Both DMEA and La Plata Electric Association are looking to exit their contracts with the G&T, resisting Tri-State’s proposal to avoid state rate oversight by placing itself under federal regulation. DMEA in its …

Curtailment: In California, clean energy “overbuild” doesn’t have to be a dirty word

Also, EVs can be managed to charge coincident to renewable energy production (during daytime hours) or to a “flatter”, less peaky profile, and then fewer energy storage systems may be needed. High-penetration EV can take advantage of the electricity being generated during the middle of the day through workplace and public charging. Managed charging, in which a utility incentivizes charging …

Tri-State looking at asking federal energy agency to set its electric rates

By JUDITH KOHLER | jkohler@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, June 14, 2019 Less than a month after a new law took effect that requires state approval of Tri-State’s plans, a utility that delivers wholesale electricity to rural cooperatives across Colorado is looking at placing itself under federal regulation. Westminster-based Tri State Generation and Transmission Association is talking with its board of directors about having its rates …

10,000 aggregated distributed energy assets take advantage of a software platform that connects them and helps decide when to charge and when to discharge

“To take advantage of when to charge and when to discharge —  and bid into the wholesale market — you need a software platform to connect all of the batteries together,” Sternberg said. The software platform monitors battery telemetry — the current state of charge and the battery’s capacity to offer power to the grid or take from the grid. An …

“Solarize Yakima” campaign will encourage residents to adopt solar-powered energy

LEX TALAMO Yakima Herald-Republic Jun 17, 2019 A new campaign encouraging adoption of solar-powered energy could soon be coming to Yakima. A resolution on the Yakima City Council’s Tuesday agenda authorizes an agreement with Spark Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit founded in 2001 that supports local efforts for residents in Washington and Oregon to invest in solar energy. Under the terms …