Utility bankruptcy concerns rise as bill comes due for 2017 California fires: Some 394 wildfires at the end of 2017 could cost California’s IOUs tens of billions

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, June 25, 2018 California’s state motto is “Eureka!” But its energy sector’s motto is quickly becoming “Somebody do something!” The state’s grid operator is slowly learning to cope with levels of renewable generation that require unprecedented system flexibility; regulators are studying an onslaught of customer choice nobody has written rules for; and now, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) …

End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.

Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, June 11, 2018, End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.  The U.S. power mix is rapidly changing, but utilities still want the same thing — a resource mix that delivers the most reliable and safe …

Power Companies’ Mistakes Can Cost Billions. Who Should Pay?

Utilities say they must be shielded from liability or the electric grid will suffer. Critics say that puts the burden on ratepayers, not investors. By Ivan Penn, New York Times, June 14, 2018   FALLBROOK, Calif. — After flames rolled over the hills north of San Diego and engulfed vineyards, avocado groves and neighborhoods, hundreds in this area were left with only the …

Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Planetsave. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton …

Hawaii public utility commission pushes reforms to benefit the public

April 23rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy mandate of all US states — 100% by 2045. Reaching that goal means an end to business as usual in the utility industry. For more than a century, it has been all about selling more and more kilowatt-hours. But as the world careens toward an uncertain future …

Utility PG&E to test price signals, load management strategies in EV charging program

Excerpt from Utility Dive, April 2018 As Pacific Gas & Electric begins to roll out electric vehicle charging stations, the utility is focused on how to manage that demand efficiently. On UtilityDive.com by Robert Walton@TeamWetDog, 4 Apr 2018 For the last few years, the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities have been rolling out plans, pilots and ports in their bid to …

Unnecessary complexity? Assessing New York and California’s landmark DER proceedings

By Herman K. Trabish on Utility Dive 4 Apr 2018 The nation-leading New York and California regulatory proceedings to create a marketplace opportunity for renewable and distributed generation have become almost encyclopedic in their complexity. This assessment has been reinforced to Utility Dive by multiple sources, prompting the question: Did it have to be that way? The New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is …

Energy system innovation in NY

 April 3 2018 Launched in August of 2017 by New York State to help implement the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), REV Connect brings solutions providers and New York’s six investor-owned utilities together to accelerate innovation, develop new business models, and deliver value to all energy consumers. REV Connect makes this possible through online idea submissions that are shared …

Bloomberg reports that the combination of solar power plants and grid scale battery storage is now cheaper than natural gas and utility companies all across the US are starting to notice

February 15th, 2018 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica  First there was coal. You burned it to make steam, then the steam was used to turn generators to make electricity. For more than a century, coal was the power that made electrical energy possible for most of the world. But coal has a problem. When it burns, it releases massive quantities of carbon …