California has been focused on how best to incorporate distributed resources, and today aggregators will make bids to the largest investor-owned utilities in an attempt to bring a more diverse set of demand-side resources into wholesale markets.
Learn about the competitive challenges and other new developments in the energy and utility industries.
Pacific Gas & Electric has proposed a three-year phased in approach to building 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations in California, a scaled-back version of its previous plan to built 25,000 stations, Greentech Media reports. The proposal, filed Oct. 12 with state regulators, has two paths for state regulators to evaluate. A compliance option would build 2,510 charging stations… [Read More]
An “earthquake” shook Hawaii last week, but it only rattled the buildings that don’t yet have rooftop solar. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission closed retail rate net energy metering (NEM) reimbursement programs from the Hawaiian Electric utilities to owners of solar and other distributed generation (DG).
California’s future is tied to clean energy. Our people, our policymakers, and our industries all want it – along with the many benefits green power offers—as quickly as possible. Nothing underscores that more than California’s ambitious new target to deliver half of the state’s power from renewable energy by 2030 and cut greenhouse gas emissions… [Read More]
With the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicting a doubling in utility-scale solar installations by the end of 2016, how cost-competitive is it compared with other forms of solar? During today’s OnPoint, Peter Fox-Penner, a principal at the Brattle Group, discusses a new analysis comparing the costs of utility-scale solar versus residential-scale projects. He also talks… [Read More]
Much of the talk last week at the Energy Storage North America conference centered on when storage could replace fossil fuel peaker plants, with keynoter James Avery of SDG&E declaring that a “future where there will be no gas turbines” could be possible in the coming years.
Orange County’s largest landlord is installing battery-powered energy systems at more than a dozen office buildings as part of a state initiative to combat global warming and rebuild capacity lost when the San Onofre nuclear power plant was shut down.
As utilities and customers look to cut carbon emissions and modernize their grids through the use of distributed energy resources (DERs), one of the nagging questions facing sector stakeholders nationwide is how to decide where, when, and how new technologies like rooftop solar or storage will be deployed on the grid.
By now, many people are aware of the ongoing battles between customers with rooftop solar panels and power utilities around the country. At first blush, this can look like a standard story of scrappy outsiders versus evil corporations. But as I’ve been arguing, that’s not quite right.
California, the very heart of the rooftop solar panel industry, could be facing a major roadblock in the coming months, and its status as one of the most solar-friendly states in the country could change as a result.