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Smart Energy Use
The Department of Energy is proposing to withdraw the definitions of general service lamps established in 2017, a move that a DOE official recently told a congressional hearing will lower regulatory uncertainty by making clear that the sale of several lamp types will continue.
Electric Vehicles
North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the owners of electric vehicle charging stations to resell electricity, a move the bill’s main sponsor believes could spur third parties to install charging stations across the state.
Communications and Customer Care
While a recent J.D. Power study concludes that the utility sector as a whole continues to struggle when it comes to delivering a satisfying digital customer experience, two public power utilities, Arizona’s Salt River Project and California’s SMUD, bucked the trend and earned high scores in J.D. Power’s 2019 Utility Digital Experience Study.
Electric Vehicles
New Mexico’s legislature has passed a bill aimed at spurring the development of electric vehicle charging stations in the state, clarifying that independent electric vehicle charging companies will not be regulated as utilities.
Electricity Markets
Dominion Energy and Connecticut’s two investor-owned electric utility companies, Eversource and United Illuminating, unveiled an agreement under which the 2,100-megawatt Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut will remain online under a 10-year, 9 million megawatt hours per year agreement.
Energy Storage
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is proposing $350 million in incentives to support the state’s retail and bulk energy storage markets.
Smart Energy Use
The New York Power Authority will participate in a plan unveiled on March 14 that aims to provide immediate relief to Westchester County, N.Y., businesses and residents affected by Con Edison’s announcement that it will put new applications for firm natural gas service on a waiting list beginning March 15.
Distributed Energy Resources
Invenergy is in the early stages of developing a 300-megawatt direct current solar farm, possibly with a 50-MW battery storage system, in southeastern Wisconsin.