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Electricity Markets
A recent bankruptcy court order that maintains existing arrangements between community choice aggregators (CCAs) and investor-owned Pacific Gas & Electric is credit positive for CCAs in California, Moody’s Investors Service said.
Energy Storage
In the Mojave Desert about two hours from Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's new $25.6 million utility-scale battery storage project is providing valuable information for the public power utility's plans to improve integration of solar power and reduce the need for natural gas to maintain electric reliability.
Solar
Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action, on Feb. 8 joined City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Clint Bullock, General Manager & CEO of public power utility Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), for a tour of OUC’s Gardenia Operations Facility.
Solar
The Kissimmee City Commission has approved a partnership with Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) to power 100 percent of its facilities with solar energy, beginning in 2020, KUA said on Feb. 7.
Distributed Energy Resources
A new report from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center says that among the top grid modernization developments in the fourth quarter of 2018 were energy storage studies published in several states.
Power Sources
If prices remain relatively low, natural gas could fuel as much as 54% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2050, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019. Conversely, if natural gas prices rise, gas-fired generation could fall to 21% by 2050.
Smart Energy Use
Bonneville Power Administration and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power energy efficiency efforts were recently recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Distributed Energy Resources
Among the top solar policy developments in the fourth quarter of 2018 was public power utility Salt River Project’s proposing two new rate options for customer-generators in December, a new report from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center said.