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Utilities join with #Tesla to sue EPA over fuel standard rollback

Utilities join with Tesla to sue EPA over fuel standard rollback Electric vehicles are a key area of growth for electric utilities, many of which have seen their power demand stagnate or decline since the 2008 recession. Charging an EV, experts say, typically doubles the electricity consumption of a small residential customer. But EV proponents … Continue reading Utilities join with #Tesla to sue EPA over fuel standard rollback

#Illinois can do without Vistra coal plants, greens claim

Illinois can do without Vistra coal plants, greens claim Dynegy said before it completed the merger with Vistra that nuclear subsidies passed by Illinois lawmakers in 2017 had made some of its Illinois coal plants unprofitable, and said it was considering closing down some capacity. Now with the merger complete, the consolidated company believes it … Continue reading #Illinois can do without Vistra coal plants, greens claim

Getting paid to charge a battery is an attractive but limited opportunity, analysts say

Getting paid to charge a battery is an attractive but limited opportunity, analysts say While Tesla’s Australian energy storage facility apparently made a windfall from negative prices, analysts say such prices are too rare to be reliable. A lot of analysis has been done around the variety of revenue streams an energy storage system can … Continue reading Getting paid to charge a battery is an attractive but limited opportunity, analysts say

#Florida_Power_&_Light parent to buy #Gulf_Power in multi billion-dollar deal

Florida Power & Light parent to buy Gulf Power in multi billion-dollar deal In a major move in the state’s utility industry, the parent company of Florida Power & Light said Monday it will buy Northwest Florida’s Gulf Power as part of a $6.475 billion deal. NextEra Energy Inc. plans to buy Gulf Power, the … Continue reading #Florida_Power_&_Light parent to buy #Gulf_Power in multi billion-dollar deal

#Shell invests in #Sonnen to drive distributed energy aims forward

Shell invests in Sonnen to drive distributed energy aims forward Sonnen CEO Ostermann also disclosed that the investment would enable sonnen to pursue expansion plans predominantly in the US and Australia, but also to ramp-up the development of its domestic aggregated storage platform sonnencommunity, its nascent virtual power plant solution and its grid-related services initiative. … Continue reading #Shell invests in #Sonnen to drive distributed energy aims forward

Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry

Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry The Trump administration may try to resuscitate the coal industry by using laws that, in effect, conclude that national security is at stake because the reliability of the electric grid is at risk. That is a hard case to make both to Congress and to the … Continue reading Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry

Battery energy storage on verge of competing with natural gas, but questions remain

Battery energy storage on verge of competing with natural gas, but questions remain The degree to which energy storage can compete economically with natural gas peaking plants is still being determined, but better price signals are needed to incentivize the most cost-effective reliability solutions regardless of technology, experts and analysts said Monday. Related video: Platts … Continue reading Battery energy storage on verge of competing with natural gas, but questions remain

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to host hearings on proposed Transource power line

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to host hearings on proposed Transource power line CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Local residents finally will have their chance to speak to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission officials this week about Transource Energy’s proposal to construct 29 miles of overhead high-voltage power lines through the heart of Franklin County, Pa. The commission will … Continue reading Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to host hearings on proposed Transource power line

Grid ‘seams’ still a challenge for long-distance transmission developers

Grid ‘seams’ still a challenge for long-distance transmission developers Almost a decade after FERC tried to smooth the path for transmission that crosses RTO seams, developers say little progress has been made. The Great Plains are blessed with huge wind energy potential but relatively little need for electricity. Meanwhile, cities to the east have lots … Continue reading Grid ‘seams’ still a challenge for long-distance transmission developers