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Customer Service
Community Engagement
Electricity Markets
Distributed Energy Resources
Bills and Rates
Massachusetts lawmakers approved a last-minute energy bill July 31 that, among other things, calls for investor-owned utilities to issue solicitations for 15 to 20-year contracts for offshore wind and sets an energy storage mandate.
Environment
Reliability
Electricity Markets
Generation
California has become the first state in the country to release to the public a proposed plan for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, the EPA's final rule, published last fall, which aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
Energy Efficiency
While the U.S. rose in a ranking of 23 of the world's largest energy-consuming countries published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the country still lagged behind several members of the European Union, China, and Japan, ACEEE said. The group also offered several recommendations for the U.S. to consider.
Environment
A group of state attorneys general and other state-level officials on Aug. 1 asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to extend the comment period for a proposed rule tied to the agency's Clean Power Plan following the termination of a stay that the U.S. Supreme Court has placed on the CPP. They made the request in a letter to Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator.
Electricity Markets
Generation
Bonds and Financing
The North American share of energy generation from renewable and nuclear energy sources will grow from 38 percent in 2015 to 45 percent in 2025, the Energy Information Administration said on Aug. 2.
Electricity Markets
Generation
The Georgia Public Service Commission on July 28 approved a revised integrated resource plan for Georgia Power Company that will include an additional 1,600 megawatts of renewable energy by 2021.
Environment
Generation
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Aug. 1 that the New York Public Service Commission has approved a clean energy standard that will require 50 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2030, and that also provides financial support for a group of upstate nuclear power plants.
Energy Efficiency
Generation
Grid Modernization
Energy Storage
Top officials with Sterling Municipal Light Department in Massachusetts recently offered insights and lessons learned from the utility's successful deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and ongoing implementation of an energy efficiency plan and said they expect a battery storage system request for proposals issued by the utility will become a template for other utilities to use.