Virginia Clean Economy Act to retire most of Virginia’s coal-fired facilities by Dec. 31, 2024

Va.’s 100% clean energy shift: Part of a ‘bigger wave’?E&E News | David Iaconangelo A landmark legislative session for energy came to an end in Virginia last week, after the Democratic-controlled General Assembly mounted a late push to pass numerous new regulations on fossil fuels and promote zero-carbon sources of electricity. One of the measures, which Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam …

Advances in Performance Based Utility Rate Design + Xcel dockets

19M-0670E – Distribution System Planning (filing comments on Monday, 2/3) 19M-0661EG – Investigation of Performance-Based Ratemaking (awaiting the second phase) 19R-0608E – NOPR for Amendments to Community Solar Gardens Rules 19R-0654E – Amendments to Electric Rules Relating to Interconnection 19A-0471E – Investment in EV Fleet Infrastructure We’re also awaiting a decision on the following: 19A-0369E – Renewable Energy Standard Compliance …

Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 19 FEB 2020 Download the Report Register for a webinar on the report, March 5th, 2020 at 12pm CT More communities than ever want to exercise control over their energy systems. In 2016, Americans collectively spent $360 billion buying electricity. Most of the revenue accrued to the benefit of increasingly-large, investor-owned utilities. Inspired by the individuals who put solar on their …

Strategic Demand Management with Performance Incentives

The sections below describe the trends emerging from our research and recommend best practices for structuring SDR PIMs. PIMS ARE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR UNLOCKING SDR SDR potential remains largely untapped, reaching nowhere near the Brattle-estimated potential of 200 GW of cost-effective load flexibility and consumer benefits of $15 billion per year. Nonetheless, our review of several case studies demonstrates …

A Policy Pathway To Reach U.S. Net Zero Emissions By 2050: still requires no new gasmobiles by 2030

November 15, 2019 Energy Innovation and Forbes Presidential candidates, state governments, and utilities are promoting “net zero” emissions targets to preserve a safe climate future by helping to limit global warming to well below 2°C – but few of them have defined exactly how the United States could remake its energy economy. The Paris Agreement targets net zero emissions by 2050. More than 60 countries, including …

Defense tapped the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to apply a standardized, scalable microgrid planning tool to its facilities

Rural electric coops cover 60% of the US land mass, control 42% of distribution lines, and serve about 42 million customers. They do what other utilities do, but they are tax exempt, consumer-owned organizations set up by an Act of Congress in 1936. NRECA already has a good head start on the DoD work through its Open Modeling Framework project, which aims at enabling …

Reimagining the grid: How utilities are prepping for transportation electrification: Key is incentivized charging times

A key component will be making sure vehicles are incentivized to charge at times that make the most sense, he added. Kavya Balaraman@kavya_balaraman Feb. 5, 2020, Smart Cities Dive As California and Oregon work toward their transportation electrification goals, utilities are beefing up infrastructure and engaging with customers to cope with the anticipated increase in load — and, in some cases, …

Electric school buses test V2G technology

Posted on February 10th, 2020 in News Tags: electric cars, technology By Robbie Webber SSTI, Electric school buses test V2G technology Dominion Energy in Virginia is in the midst of buying electric buses for schools across Virginia. When not transporting kids to and from school, the buses will serve as batteries to feed power back into the electrical grid. Using buses for vehicle-to-grid …