Planning for distributed renewable energy

Gridworks excerpt: California’s AB327 added a new section to the Public Utilities Code, Sec. 769, to require utilities to submit to the commission by July 1, 2015, a distribution resources plan proposal, to identify optimal locations for the deployment of distributed resources.  Further, these plans should form the basis for utility investment requests in future general rate cases.  The bill …

A Southern Governor’s Climate and Clean Energy Plan Aims for Zero Emissions: NC’s Republican-controlled legislature remains an obstacle to big changes, so the administration is looking for short-term wins

This week, for example, state regulators put pressure on North Carolina’s largest utility to weigh the governor’s greenhouse gas reduction goals in its future energy plans.   The Governor’s plan calls for transforming the electrical grid to save energy and make it more resilient; reducing the energy burdens of low-income residents; and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by …

sonnen & Wasatch Group Launch Largest Residential Virtual Power Plant At 12.6 MWh August 27th, 2019 by Kyle Field, Clean Technica  A new community of apartments in Herriman, Utah is being built from the ground up with a next generation energy storage system thanks to 12.6 megawatt-hours of sonnen’s ecoLinx battery systems. The new system will aggregate the energy storage and power …

Rooftop solar energy brings a wide variety of benefits to the grid and to society

Frontier Group, Aug 2019, excerpt Many value-of-solar studies, however – especially those conducted by electric utilities – have left out key benefits of solar energy. Policymakers and members of the public who consult these studies may be left with a false impression of solar energy’s value to the grid and society, with damaging results for public policy. To make decisions …

Maine discusses legislation that would purchase the state’s two investor owned utilities (IOUs) and move instead toward a customer-owned utility model. Meanwhile Chicago explores municipalization.

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive, March 18, 2019 Maine lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to eliminate gross metering in the state and reestablish net metering for solar customers, sending it to Gov. Janet Mills, D, for likely signature. The bill restores “decades old policy of net metering” which was “rolled back in a very awkward fashion” under the previous administration, said …

Bernie Sanders’ plan calls to seize public production of power

The for-profit companies that reign over our energy system now have shown no meaningful sign of being willing to transform our energy system; they are much more interested in shareholder gains and business as usual. Together, for-profit utilities and fossil fuel companies have created powerful political-economic machines across the country to solidify the status quo of extraction and extortion. In contrast, democratic public …

Tri-State attempts to evade PUC oversight for facility planning and state law requiring reduction of GHGs by 90% by 2050

Colorado Sun, August 2019 excerpt The FERC bid also came as Colorado adopted laws giving the PUC more oversight of Tri-State’s facility planning and also requiring utilities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 90% from 2005 levels by 2050. Tri-State gets almost half its electricity by burning coal. “The PUC wants to make sure that Tri-State isn’t trying to go around …

A household-scale virtual power plant has arrived

Aiming for 70% clean energy by 2030, Colorado’s Holy Cross Energy is piloting a household-scale virtual power plant technology that will help integrate more rooftop solar and storage. A device in each home optimizes provision of power to the grid, as well as grid services. Four Colorado homes with solar plus storage are now operating as virtual power plants.  In …

Virtually all of Colorado’s climate progress has come from cleaner electricity generation, but Xcel at 73% fossil generation now, wants to add gas through 2023

The world’s top climate scientists warned last year that in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, governments around the world must cut these carbon emissions in half by 2030 (on average – arguably the US much faster) and achieve net zero emissions not long after that. Led by Governor Jared Polis and Democrats in the state legislature, Colorado …