Electric utilities in Washington must eliminate coal-fired power by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

Washington state adopts rules to guide utilities to coal-free status by 2025, carbon-free by 2045 Utility Dive | Emma Penrod The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and Washington State Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that they adopted rules in late December to guide implementation of the state’s 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act. Under the law, electric utilities in Washington …

Harmful amounts of methane are leaking from aging underground gas pipes, 3-4 leads per mile found

Phillips obtained his own methane detector — a state-of-the-art model called a cavity ringdown spectrometer — and put it in a car. “We just measure while we drive,” he says. “It’s a very fast-acting piece of equipment. https://www.npr.org/2011/11/21/142504812/bostons-leaky-gas-lines-may-be-tough-on-the-trees By PATRICK SKAHILL• NOV 19, 2020 NPR.org A new study of natural gas infrastructure in Connecticut says harmful amounts of methane are leaking from …

Utility uses undercover consultant and paid actors to influence stakeholder process

 Daniel Tait  •  November 22, 2020, Energy & Policy Institute UPDATE 12/16/20: The Mississippi Public Service Commission, after EPI’s publication, directed its staff and representatives to, “not engage in any dialogue, formal or informal, related to public policy or any other matter within the Commission’s jurisdiction, with any stakeholder or other participant who declines to publicly disclose who he or she represents.” …

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy. Utilities and regulators in the US and abroad are taking next steps to boost renewable integration by tracking power line capacity, reliability in real time. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia.com Dec 7, 2020 Dynamic line rating can find unused capacity, test health of transmission systems, if utilities and regulators can set …

More dark money traced to utilities

American Electric PowerFirstEnergyUncategorized More Generation Now dark money traced to AEP in Ohio corruption scandal Also, Virginia Lawmaker Coordinated Support for Mountain Valley Pipeline With Project’s Lobbyist by Itai Vardi More Generation Now dark money traced to AEP by Dave Anderson, December 2, 2020 A Columbus group funded solely by AEP paid just over a half-million dollars last year to Generation Now, …

Utility regulators wake up to the long-term risks of gas

Mike Henchen, Utility Dive, Dec. 9, 2020 The following is a contributed article by Mike Henchen, a principal on Rocky Mountain Institute’s carbon-free buildings team. Throughout this year, a subtle but meaningful shift has occurred within utility regulatory agencies across the country. Multiple states have opened official proceedings investigating the future of gas distribution in their state. This could be …

PUC Regulator Wrong-doing

‘I don’t think we held PG&E accountable,’ says state whistleblower The CPUC allowed PG&E to avoid punishment for sparking deadly wildfires by breaking safety rules. The agency’s most recent manager says she’s sorry and it was wrong. California whistleblower says PG&E free of consequences | FIRE – POWER – MONEY, Season 2 Ep. 4 Brandon Rittiman, December 4, 2020 SACRAMENTO, …

Utilities planning only slow decarbonization

Many U.S. electric utilities plan slow decarbonization over next decade, out of sync with Biden plan by David Pomerantz, Dec 2020 (further down) Major utilities and their trade associations have spent decades lobbying against state and federal climate policy and promoting denial and disinformation campaigns. A recent report from Deloitte similarly found “significant gaps” between 22 utilites’ net-zero commitments and their …

Utility customers engage about 8 minutes per year with energy provider: automation is key to time-based pricing success

Nov. 16, 2020, by ecobee As North America transitions to a clean energy future, dynamic rates such as time-of-use (TOU) pricing are becoming an increasingly popular tool to manage demand. But as more regulators and utilities look to shape baseline loads with these programs, concerns about customer education, adoption, and satisfaction are front and center.  Currently, about 5% of U.S. residential customers are on …