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Energy Storage
Colorado Springs Utilities on March 20 said that it is finalizing negotiations and in the coming months will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by the end of 2023.
The city of Aurora, Ohio’s City Council has passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of a request for qualifications for consulting services to assist the city with electric utility issues, including assessing the feasibility of creating a municipal utility.
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.
Distributed Energy Resources
Palo Alto Utilities in California, working with EDF Innovation Lab, has used a grant from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program to produce studies and develop tools for testing thermal microgrids.
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.
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.
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.