A regulatory roadmap for Vehicle Grid Integration

SEPA, Dec 2020 As EV deployment expands, Vehicle Grid Integration will be essential toproviding benefits for all customers while avoiding unintended consequences. While EV penetration is currently low in much of the country, we know that the day is coming (and in areas of high penetration, may have already arrived) when a more sophisticated approach such as VGI will be …

How big utilities are impeding clean energy and what we can do about it

Let’s Talk About Solar, Equity, and Monopoly Power in 2021, by JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 22 DEC 2020 |  Since ILSR wrote about the Dawning of Solar Cells (pdf) in 1975, we’ve been fans of the potential to integrate energy production with the local economy. We provided early forecasts of the rooftop solar revolution and support for the first statewide value of solar policy. Recently, we analyzed how distributed solar …

Vibrant Clean Energy study argues for energy imbalance markets and regional transmission to lower costs

November 2, 2020 by Allen Best Lowering electricity bills in Colorado: Study makes the case to Colorado legislators and others about the benefits to consumers of advanced energy markets https://www.vibrantcleanenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CO-EIM-Options-Report.pdf Powerpoint: https://www.vibrantcleanenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CO-EIM-Options-Presentation.pdf by Allen Best A new study commissioned by two electrical cooperatives in Colorado makes the case again for developed markets and coordinated transmission of electricity both through energy imbalance markets …

Gas Interests Threaten Local Authority in 6 States

January 19, 2021 Alejandra Mejia and Kimi Narita, NRDC https://www.nrdc.org/experts/alejandra-mejia/gas-interests-threaten-local-authority-6-states Continuing last year’s worrisome trend, efforts to strip local communities of decision-making authority over the health impacts and cost of their future homes and buildings have been introduced in several state legislatures. If adopted, these bills could hamstring local government’s ability to lead in the fight against local air pollution and …

Xcel Energy looks to avoid Colorado wildfires — and PG&E’s fate — and wants customers to pay for it

The company wants $589.7 million by the end of 2025 to maintain infrastructure and keep trees at bay. Consumer advocates say that’s not necessary. Lucy Haggard, Colorado Sun, Jan 20, 2021 Xcel Energy wants to charge its Colorado customers $589.7 million during the next five years to reduce their risk of causing wildfires, but consumer advocates aren’t buying it.  Xcel’s …

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, …