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Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Shares of Edison dive as California utility says it is cooperating with wildfire investigation

November 12, 2018

Via: CNBC

Shares of California utility companies plunged Monday as deadly wildfires scorched thousands of acres and continued to threaten life and property. Pacific Gas & Electric shares tumbled as much as 27 percent, and Edison International fell nearly 12 percent. Both […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Can the Electricity Industry Seize Its Resilience Moment?

November 12, 2018

Via: Greentech Media

When operators of Duke Energy’s control room in Raleigh, North Carolina wait for a hurricane, the mood is often calm in the hours leading up to the storm. “Things are usually fairly quiet before the activity starts,” said Mark Goettsch, […]


Electric Utility, Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

Storage will replace 3 California gas plants as PG&E nabs approval for world’s largest batteries

November 9, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Approval of PG&E’s landmark energy storage solicitation is the most significant example to date of batteries taking the place of fossil fuel generation on the power grid. Energy storage has helped decrease the California’s reliance on gas for years, particularly […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Emerging best practices for utility grid hardening

November 5, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Today’s utilities face a number of growing and complex challenges, from new and changing environmental regulations to evolving technologies, aging infrastructure and rising customer expectations. In addition to these technology and human challenges, utilities are being forced to confront the […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Electric utilities quietly praise EPA coal plant emissions rule

November 2, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Comments filed on the EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule this week demonstrate how the utility industry is quietly fighting against pollution regulations on coal plants even as it transitions to a heavier reliance on natural gas and renewables. […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

China Sets a New Renewable Portfolio Standard

November 1, 2018

Via: PowerMag

China in mid-September increased its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 35% of electricity consumption by 2030. The country has already heavily invested in wind and solar, and it anticipates more gains will come from some provinces. In a revision of […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Western Regionalization Plan B: Utilities take an interim step to expand the grid

October 30, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Western utility leaders’ political push to expand California’s grid system into a regional power market was dismissed in the state’s most recent legislative session — but now those leaders are looking toward a different market. California lawmakers in August rejected […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Organic Valley to Become 100% Renewably Powered in 2019

October 4, 2018

Via: Waste360

Organic Valley, a cooperative of organic farmers, just announced the details of the community solar partnership it launched last year. The project enables Organic Valley to share the benefits of solar energy with its rural neighbors and become the largest […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Westar rate cut gets Kansas OK, but new solar demand charge could hike bills

October 1, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Utilities are increasingly considering demand charges, particularly for solar customers they believe are being subsidized by those without distributed generation. But the charges are a blunt instrument that can reduce a customers’ ability to control their bill, and potentially eliminate […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Solar Roadways Prove Expensive and Inefficient

September 25, 2018

Via: Greentech Media

Solar photovoltaic technology is getting cheaper, more efficient and more resilient all the time. But it still doesn’t make a good replacement for asphalt. After years of trial projects, a handful of “solar roadway” projects around the world are revealing […]