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 the state’s climate progress has come from cleaner electricity generation, which Xcel would slow down. At 73% fossil fueled electricity generation now, Xcel 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 …

Battery prices have dropped up to 40% in the past 3 years

The Wall Street Journal says, “A global wave of investment in high-capacity batteries is poised to transform the market for renewable energy in coming years, making it more practical and affordable to store wind and solar power and deploy it when needed.” In addition, their ramp rates and reliability are much faster than are those of natural gas or other forms of …

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

Contrary to what many utilities would have you believe, rooftop solar users are givers, not takers, the author writes. GreenTechMedia, by Emma Searson, 5 Aug 2019 26 Thinking beyond the payback period. We often define the value of something, including our clean energy investments, through a very limited cost-benefit analysis: What are my expenses related to this new thing, and …

TerraForm Power invests in distributed solar portfolio to recycle capital from stabilized assets, plans to squeeze additional value from the new assets by offering tack-ons like storage and backup generation

7/19 GTM: The former SunEdison yieldco hopes to leverage the diverse 300-megawatt portfolio to sell additional services to commercial and industrial clients. TerraForm Power to Invest $720M in Distributed Solar Portfolio. By Emma Foehringer Merchant Brookfield-controlled TerraForm locks down more distributed solar. 3 TerraForm Power announced Monday it will take over ownership of a portfolio consisting of 291 megawatts of …

700 MW Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma is cheaper and battery will respond faster than a gas peaker can, plus the added benefit of absorbing excess capacity

‘Cheaper Than a Peaker’: NextEra Inks Massive Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma: NextEra will build a combined 700 megawatts for an electric cooperative group in a landmark deal for the hybrid renewables sector. By Julian Spector in GreenTechMedia, July 25, 2019 Oklahoma-based Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to build the largest proposed solar-plus-wind-plus-storage plant in the U.S. with even amounts of each. The battery …

Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission

Pueblo, CO, Office of the Mayor,  Electric Utility Commission, Pueblo and area residents have indicated they are unhappy with the services they have received rom Black Hills Energy. The City resolves to take the steps necessary to determine the legal, financial, and operational feasibility of exercising its right in the year 2020 to provide electric utility service within the territorial …

New research finds energy storage in 2-hour, 4-hour and 6-hour durations can efficiently provide the same capacity value as power plants that run 24 hours a day

Taking Aim at PJM’s 10-Hour Duration Capacity Rule for Energy Storage in the Nation’s Biggest Capacity Market: The storage industry brings new numbers to the table in its challenge against the least-liked proposal from FERC Order 841. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia, 22 July 2019 12 Over the past year and a half, the U.S. energy storage industry has been getting …