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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.
The city of Alameda, Calif.’s Public Utilities Board on Jan. 28 approved a long-term plan for Alameda Municipal Power that the public power utility said reflects the community’s environmental and business goals.
Electric Vehicles
The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees approved $3 million in funding to continue a zero-interest loan program that helps dozens of municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives buy electric vehicles and battery charging equipment for their fleets. The board also also approved $7.5 million in funding that will be made available to municipalities across the state for the installation of new smart LED street lights.
Maine could create a public power authority to buy the state’s two investor-owned utilities — Central Maine Power and Emera Maine — under legislation set to be introduced soon by a co-chair of the Legislature’s utility committee.
Electric Vehicles
Using a new communication protocol, utilities can essentially eliminate electric vehicle charging during peak periods without affecting the needs of drivers while saving them money, according to a report on a pilot project funded by the California Energy Commission.
Electricity Markets
The PJM Interconnection Board of Managers recently heard from state utility regulators in the regional transmission organization’s footprint, as well as several top utility CEOs, on their views related to the ongoing PJM price formation debate and the RTO’s stakeholder process more broadly.
Smart Energy Use
The American Public Power Association recently rolled out the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) program, a new best practices designation for public power utilities that will offer national recognition of utility efforts to incorporate energy efficiencies and sustainability while providing affordable electric service.
Power Sources
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Feb. 1 said that it has awarded a power purchase agreement for a 290-megawatt wind project. The award will be NYPA’s first transaction for a large-scale renewable project.