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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.
Generation
Distributed Energy Resources
Electric vehicle and energy storage manufacturer Tesla on Aug. 1 said that the company has reached a merger agreement with residential solar installer SolarCity in a deal valued at $2.6 billion.
Generation
Bonds and Financing
Energy Storage
U.S. hydropower capacity could grow from 101 gigawatts to nearly 150 GW of combined electricity generation and storage capacity by 2050, according to a report released July 26 by the Department of Energy.
Distributed Energy Resources
Bills and Rates
With many states looking at their net metering policies, Maine's governor wants net metering customers to be paid at a wholesale price for their excess power instead of at their retail rate.
Electricity Markets
Florida-based NextEra Energy on July 29 said that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which a newly formed subsidiary of NextEra Energy will acquire 100 percent of the equity of a reorganized Energy Future Holdings Corp. and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, including EFH's approximately 80 percent indirect interest in Oncor Electric Delivery Company.
Electricity Markets
Community Engagement
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed to improve its surveillance of wholesale power markets through a notice of proposed rulemaking, or NOPR, that it issued on July 21. The 105-page NOPR is entitled Data Collection for Analytics and Surveillance and Market-Based Rate Purposes (Docket No. RM16-17-000).
Generation
Alliant Energy on July 27 said it will invest approximately $1 billion to expand its wind energy operations in Iowa.
Environment
Reliability
Community Engagement
A group of states that are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan said July 27 that a recent decision by a federal appeals court on a different EPA matter supports two key arguments that they are making against the CPP.