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Distributed Energy Resources
CleanPowerSF, the community choice renewable energy program operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, has significantly expanded its commitment to new solar and wind projects in California. Meanwhile, the SFPUC was recognized for its commitment to generating and sourcing renewable energy.
Energy Storage
A panel of Maine lawmakers and stakeholders is recommending the state set an initial goal of adding 100 megawatts of energy storage by 2025 as a first-step before adopting long-term targets.
Bills and Rates
The board of commissioners of the Snohomish County Public Utility District has approved two new rate design plans, including a pilot time-of-day (TOD) plan for commercial and industrial customers. The rates for the time-of-day program include a nights and weekends discount designed to save customers
Electric Vehicles
LS Power has signed a definitive agreement to acquire EVgo, a fast charging public network for electric vehicles with more than 750 fast charging locations in 66 metropolitan markets in 34 states.
Community Engagement
The city council of Davis, Calif., approved a resolution in support of transforming Pacific Gas and Electric into a customer-owned utility.
Energy Storage
Texas utility El Paso Electric is enacting a long-term energy supply resource plan that includes utility-scale battery storage. The two 50-megawatt battery storage projects will be the utility’s first utility-scale battery storage resources.
Electricity Markets
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that bankruptcy courts possess primary jurisdiction over rejection of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-jurisdictional contracts. But the said a bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction is not exclusive and that FERC should be given an opportunity to provide its view on whether contract rejection is in the public interest.
Reliability
The president and CEO of California’s PG&E Corporation recently said that it will probably take five years before Pacific Gas & Electric is able to largely eliminate the need for Public Safety Power Shutoffs that are aimed at mitigating the threat of wildfires, but he also expects a progression of shorter and fewer PSPS events.