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Management at Florida public power utility Orlando Utilities Commission on Oct. 14 released a recommendation to significantly reduce the use of coal by the utility no later than 2025 and eliminate it no later than 2027.
The New York Power Authority will explore transitioning its natural gas-fired peaking power plants in New York City and Long Island to clean energy technologies, such as battery storage and low to zero carbon emission resources and technologies, under an agreement with a coalition of environmental justice groups.
Electricity Markets
With high temperatures in the forecast, the California Independent System Operator issued a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Oct. 15.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 15 proposed a policy statement to clarify that it has jurisdiction over organized wholesale electric market rules that incorporate a state-determined carbon price in those markets.
Customer Service
Rock Hill Utilities, a South Carolina public power utility that began using text messages as an outage notification tool in May, is now looking at expanding its use for other functions to save time and money. Texting has greatly cut down on the calls that utility staff have to handle while providing quicker, more accurate communications with customers.
A new report finds that California’s resource planning targets “have not evolved to keep pace with climate change-induced extreme weather events, and that energy market practices did not perform as intended during” the August heat wave that resulted in rotating outages.
Electric Vehicles
A partnership led by Florida public power utility Orlando Utilities Commission has been awarded a $500,000 grant to build an electric vehicle charging mobility hub in downtown Orlando as a part of a statewide EV infrastructure project.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
The power restoration efforts from Hurricane Delta in which public power utilities are helping Louisiana cooperative SLEMCO “can serve as an example of how utilities can be good neighbors,” said Jeff Stewart, Power Production Manager at Louisiana public power utility Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) on Oct. 14.