FERC Proposal to Better Integrate Energy Storage and Distribution into Markets

December 7, 2016

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that would require Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) to allow 100 kW of energy storage and distributed energy resources. In addition to breaking down barriers to both energy storage and distributed energy resources, the notice would permit RTOs to participate in capacity, […]

Canada to Eliminate Coal by 2030

December 6, 2016

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, announced that Canada aims to eliminate traditional coal power by 2030. The announcement comes on the heels of country’s plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The country is also set to introduce a carbon levy starting in […]

Michigan Approves Energy Bills

November 14, 2016

This past week, the Michigan Senate passed two energy bills. The first, energy choice bill SB 437, passed by a 26-10 vote and would limit retail choice providers that supply 10 percent of Michigan’s electricity customers. Currently, 10 percent of customers can use a third-party electricity supplier instead of the utility. In addition, the mandate […]

Nevada Votes “Yes” on Electricity Deregulation

November 10, 2016

Yesterday, Nevadans voted to amend the state’s constitution and initiate legislature that would open a competitive electricity energy market. Currently, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission regulates utility rates and utilities are allowed to establish monopolies based on their respective service areas. The legislature would get rid of the present monopoly system. Under the legislature, “every […]

Nevada to Vote on Electricity Deregulation

October 19, 2016

A proposal on the November 8 ballot will give Nevada voters the chance to open a competitive electricity energy market. A “yes” vote on Question 3 would initiate a replacement of the present monopoly system. Under this legislation, utilities would still charge for the delivery of electricity, but customers could buy their electricity supply. Currently, […]

MA DPU Reduces National Grid Rate Increase

October 4, 2016

Last week, National Grid announced that it was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to raise electric distribution rates for its customers in Massachusetts. Residential customers can expect an increase of 7 percent. This figure is significantly lower than the original proposal, however. National Grid first lobbied for a 24 percent uptick, […]

Unitil Rates Set to Increase This Winter

Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company d/b/a Unitil recently filed electric basic service rates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for the upcoming winter. The utility is set to charge Residential and Small General customers $0.09704 per kWh for December 2016 – May 2017, a 23 percent increase from the current rate of […]

D.C. Circuit Hears Clean Power Plan Appeal

September 29, 2016

On Tuesday, September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. heard arguments for the appeal of the Clean Power Plan, an EPA-issued regulation designed to abate power-plant carbon-dioxide emissions. The regulation, announced last August by the Obama Administration, requires significant reductions from 2005 levels by 2025 (26-28 percent) and 2030 (32 percent). President Obama […]

MA DOER Unveils 600 MW Energy Storage Plan

September 27, 2016

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) detailed a blueprint for the state to increase its energy storage to 600 MW by 2025. The report represents significant progress in the state’s efforts to taking advantage of energy storage. In May 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration introduced the $10 million Energy Storage Initiative to investigate […]

Natural Gas Update: Storage Tightens, Prices Rise?

September 21, 2016

After weather adjustments, U.S. natural gas storage was 4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) tighter year-over-year during last winter’s El Niño. Despite a surge in recent storage figures – for example, a 62 Bcf increase for the week ending September 9, 2016 – relatively low summer storage increases have been the norm. This development […]