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The Santa Clara, Calif., City Council unanimously adopted Silicon Valley Power’s 2018 strategic plan that SVP said will address the challenges facing the utility over the next 10 years.
Energy Storage
Colorado’s regulated utilities will be required to consider energy storage during their generation, transmission and distribution planning processes under new rules approved by state regulators.
Communications and Customer Care
Public power utilities in the Midwest, South, and West were among the utilities that earned high marks for business customer satisfaction in a J.D. Power study. Results of the study were released on Dec. 12.
California public power utility SMUD is participating in a program designed to enable local community banks to provide loans to local businesses with the goal of economic growth and business expansion.
Energy Storage
The New York Public Service Commission approved a plan that calls for the adoption of a secondary energy storage deployment goal of 3,000 megawatts for 2030. The PSC also approved a new energy efficiency target for investor-owned utilities in the state.
Power Sources
The board of the Orlando Utilities Commission approved the creation of an Electric Integrated Resource Plan that calls for a review of the utility’s generation needs in light of the growing penetration of distributed energy resources, such as solar power, and a call to move to 100% renewable generation by 2050.
Distributed Energy Resources
A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory identifies challenges and makes recommendations for utilities implementing distributed energy resource (DER) aggregation programs.
Smart Grid
A report prepared for the American Public Power Association offers a smart city roadmap for public power utilities to consider and details risks for public power utilities that sit on the sidelines and do not actively engage in smart city conversations.