Maine Republicans: Investor Owned Utilities are not meeting the needs of the people, and public ownership will lower rates and advance carbon reduction goals

“The facts are clear: investor-owned utilities are not meeting the needs of the Maine people, and the legislation we’re proposing will not only strengthen our grid, but it will also lower rates, advance Maine’s carbon emission goals,” Rep. Nathan Carlow, R, a member of the legislature’s utilities’ committee, said in a press release. Proposed legislation would create a new, nonprofit utility. …

Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. More DER, microgrids, public ownership, and freedom from monopolies needed.

Increasingly extreme weather from climate change is now a year-round phenomenon. This has homebuilders reconsidering how they design and power new homes, and how to take them off the grid. Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. International Energy Agency Recommends Moratorium On New Fossil …

New York Bill Moving Through Senate Takes on Monopoly Power

20 MAY 2021 by ILSR A groundbreaking new bill moving through the New York State Senate this week will, if enacted, greatly enhance the ability of the state and private plaintiffs to take on monopoly power and level the playing field for independent businesses in New York. The bill, first introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris last September, would usher in much needed reforms …

Wildfire costs related to transmission, distributed solar could provide 30% of electricity need, more

The current benefits of avoided transmission do not include the costs of triggering wildfires. To do so we need to figure out total costs of wildfires, the probability that wildfires occur annually (100%. sigh.), the frequency/ probability with which transmission triggers/ causes said wildfire, and then spreading that cost over transmission that goes through dry-vegetation. Then we’d want to figure …

Report on California’s 100% Clean Energy Act of 2018

Senate Bill 100 Officially titled “The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018,” Senate Bill 100 (SB 100, De León): Sets a 2045 goal of powering all retail electricity sold in California and state agency electricity needs with renewable and zero-carbon resources — those such as solar and wind energy that do not emit climate-altering greenhouse gases. Updates the state’s …

All Source Competitive Solicitations

Rapid technology changes are driving renewed interest in all-source competitive solicitations by electric utilities. This type of procurement allows all potential resources — utility-scale and distributed energy resources (DERs), whether owned by utilities, customers or third parties — to compete to meet a utility’s needs. A new Berkeley Lab report, All-Source Competitive Solicitations: State and Electric Utility Practices, describes principles, …

‘A total mindshift’: Utilities replace gas peakers, ‘old school’ demand response with flexible DERs

Utility-customer cooperation can balance renewables’ variability with flexibility without using “blunt” demand response or natural gas. Also see: https://www.brattle.com/news-and-knowledge/news/grid-enhancing-technologies-shown-to-double-regional-renewable-energy-capacity-according-to-study-by-brattle-consultants Herman K. Trabish, March 8, 2021, Utility Dive Utilities and their customers are learning how their cooperation can provide mutual benefits by using the flexibility of distributed energy resources (DER) to cost-effectively balance the dynamics of the new power system. The …

More than half of the country’s coal fleet can be retired and replaced with renewables without compromising reliability reserve margins

March 2021, RMI in PV Magazine New reports from RMI offer ways to rapidly decarbonize the U.S. power system while also maintaining reliability. The first report, Cutting Carbon While Keeping the Lights On, said that more than half of the country’s coal fleet can be retired and replaced with renewables without compromising reliability reserve margins. RMI, formerly Rocky Mountain Institute, found that 27% …

Out of Date Monopoly Utility Models Still Treat Rooftop Solar As Unexpected: There’s a better way

The result is monopoly utility plans have two shortcomings. First, they underestimate solar adoption. Second, they ignore the financial truth that customer-owned solar can compete with utility-scale solar on price, because customers pay the capital costs and distributed solar provides more value to the grid than centralized solar power plants. When utilities model new power plant acquisition, they price utility-scale …

Hansen’s transmission bill

ptdoe writes: what is Hansen’s bill really about?  Looks like we already have load balancing being evaluated if not fully accomplished–the thing they don’t have in the don’t-mess-with-me state.  Is giving the monopolies a free hand to build more transmission lines really a good idea if CCA is approved for use in CO?. And what about the U.S. effort to …