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Electricity Markets
Wholesale electricity prices during 2018 at major trading hubs in the U.S. were generally higher than in 2017.
Power Sources
Grand Haven, Michigan, on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, expects to decide later this year what will replace the city's 70.4-MW J.B. Sims coal-fired power plant after it generates its last electrons on June 1, 2020, according to David Walters, general manager of the local public power utility.
Solar
Solar photovoltaic panels floating on man-made reservoirs in the United States could produce about 10 percent of the country’s electricity, according to researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Disaster Response
New York State will provide technical assistance to the U.S. Virgin Islands for its ongoing efforts to rebuild and modernize the islands' electric grid.
Reliability
California public power utility Sacramento Municipal Utility District is using high technology tools to pinpoint, prune and remove unsafe trees and brush along sections of its rights of way to reduce potential fuel for wild fires.
Electricity Markets
The California Public Utilities Commission began a proceeding in late December that, among other things, will look into the possibility that some or all of Pacific Gas and Electric could be reconstituted as a publicly-owned utility or utilities. The investigation will examine several corporate
Energy Storage
Speakers at a recent energy storage summit provided an outlook on hybrid storage projects and detailed the dramatic growth seen in the U.S. residential storage market. Several public power storage projects were also highlighted at the summit.
Disaster Response
Several public utility districts from Washington State recently sent crews to help Snohomish County PUD quickly restore power to Snohomish County PUD customers in the wake of a wind storm that hit on the morning of Dec. 20.