Legislation in California would require local governments to make energy storage permitting materials available online and allow the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to provide guidance on energy storage permitting.
Early this month, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously to amend its rule governing integrated resource plans for electric utilities to include energy storage as a resource for utility planning purposes.
A recent distributed energy resources plan put forward by a Hawaii electric cooperative includes an option under which there would be no utility compensation for energy exports during peak sunlight hours. Under this option, a customer would be allowed to serve all or part of their own load or store the energy for later use and different levels of compensation would be offered at other times of the day.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently said that it is seeking supplemental comments related to whether and when electric storage resources should be required to provide primary frequency response.
Under an energy plan approved Jan. 11 by the Town Council in the public power community of Berlin, Maryland, the Berlin Electric Department will strive to improve the town's energy efficiency and ramp up its use of renewable energy over the next few years.
While the U.S. rose in a ranking of 23 of the world's largest energy-consuming countries published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the country still lagged behind several members of the European Union, China, and Japan, ACEEE said. The group also offered several recommendations for the U.S. to consider.