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Distributed Energy Resources
Dominion Energy is proposing what would be the largest offshore wind development in the U.S. totaling more than 2,600 megawatts. The first phase of the buildout will support initial generation of wind energy by 2024.
Smart Energy Use
Texas-based public power utility CPS Energy was recognized for its successful energy efficiency programs at an Alliance to Save Energy event in Washington, D.C.
Reliability
Texas public power utility New Braunfels Utilities is launching a drone program that will allow NBU to maintain a high level of transmission and distribution system reliability as well as monitor for quality assurance and control across its entire service area. The utility has studied drone technology and industry best practices for several years.
Electricity Markets
A contract between Dominion Energy, owner of the Millstone Nuclear Facility, and Eversource and United Illuminating, the state’s two electric distribution utilities, that will keep the 2,100-megawatt Millstone facility online has been approved by Connecticut regulators.
Electricity Markets
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed to modernize its regulations under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. FERC said that the proposed changes are intended to continue encouraging development of qualifying facilities while addressing concerns regarding how the current regulations work in today’s competitive wholesale power markets.
Electricity Markets
The San Diego City Council approved a plan to create a new joint-powers authority with cities across the region. The vote makes San Diego the largest American city to pursue a clean energy community choice aggregation program.
Power Sources
Tennessee Valley Authority President and CEO Jeff Lyash highlighted the Authority’s shift from a coal-heavy generation portfolio to one that includes a growing percentage of renewable energy and TVA's helping to facilitate billions of dollars of capital investment into the Tennessee Valley in just the last five years.
Distributed Energy Resources
Central Maine Power is seeking potential non-wires alternative solutions to establish sufficient quantities of distributed energy resources into the South China and Winthrop areas in Maine. CMP said it was issuing the RFP for resources to defer portions of a traditional transmission project planned for the Greater Augusta area.