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 …

Counter to utility claims, studies show solar users provide net benefits

Phoenix, AZ – Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, counter to utility …

Brattle Group outlines how utilities should get America to choose electrification

David Roberts, Vox.com March 2018 says Utilities should be champing at the bit for electrification An America wherein a substantial portion of transportation, heating, and cooling has been electrified is one with lower carbon emissions, more tools in the utility toolbox, greater demand for electricity, and, crucially, a central role for power utilities. “Overall,” Brattle writes, “this presents a very positive business …

Reducing transmission grid congestion with solar

RMI.org 22 Feb 2018 Distribution-scale solar avoids using the transmission grid because electricity is produced close to load. There is basically no use of transmission or transmission-level generation capacity. It’s like renting office space close to home, so that you can skip use of toll-road highways and limit yourself to local roads. You don’t use the toll road, and thus …

California regulators first to allow multiple revenue streams for energy storage. Also, Maryland Storage Tax Credit pays 30%

Feb. 13, 2018, Utility Dive The state has approved rules that increase the ways for energy storage systems to make money, for example, through frequency regulation, capacity or spinning reserve services.  The California Public Utilities Commission in mid-January became the first state regulator to issue revenue stacking rules for energy storage projects, but the rules could be more of a starting point …