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#Amazon Adding 4 MW Solar System & 28 Tesla Powerpacks To UK Fulfillment Center

Amazon Adding 4 MW Solar System & 28 Tesla Powerpacks To UK Fulfillment Center 3 MW of power were going to be added to the company’s existing facilities in Rugeley and Daventry as well as its newest location at Doncaster. Now comes word that Amazon’s fulfillment center in Tilbury will add 4.074 MW of rooftop … Continue reading #Amazon Adding 4 MW Solar System & 28 Tesla Powerpacks To UK Fulfillment Center

Consumer groups challenge #Wisconsin regulators over rate assessment

Consumer groups challenge Wisconsin regulators over rate assessment Consumer groups say Wisconsin utility regulators are obscuring the state’s high electricity prices in a new evaluation of supply and cost. Specifically some advocates are taking issue with how the Public Service Commission addressed rates in a draft of the latest Strategic Energy Assessment, a document the … Continue reading Consumer groups challenge #Wisconsin regulators over rate assessment

Financing commercial energy storage: Wall Street’s not biting, yet

Financing commercial energy storage: Wall Street’s not biting, yet The challenge in financing energy storage is getting someone else to own it. Cost and availability of financing, in general, are directly tied to risk. The ample amount of capital looking to invest in energy looks for proven and simple. Storage is neither. Utilities’ defensive tariff … Continue reading Financing commercial energy storage: Wall Street’s not biting, yet

Should the regulatory two-step give way to a new, performance-based dance?

Should the regulatory two-step give way to a new, performance-based dance? Critics say traditional cost-of-service ratemaking is behind the times, but newer models require a complex production from a variety of industry players. Is the process used to set the prices customers pay for electricity biased against new energy technologies? Regulated utilities traditionally go through … Continue reading Should the regulatory two-step give way to a new, performance-based dance?

Here’s the quickest way to drive up electricity bills and ruin a competitive market

Here’s the quickest way to drive up electricity bills and ruin a competitive market AUSTIN — Houston’s NRG will focus less on generating power and more on selling electricity, according to its CEO, part of a nationwide trend that could mean a wave of clean energy or widespread blackouts, depending on who you ask. MOST … Continue reading Here’s the quickest way to drive up electricity bills and ruin a competitive market

#Colorado among first states to give consumers the right to store energy from alternative sources

Colorado among first states to give consumers the right to store energy from alternative sources New law zaps discrimination against battery systems Colorado has granted electricity users in the state a new right — the ability to store energy without discrimination in rates or excessive barriers in connecting to the grid. “This is declared to … Continue reading #Colorado among first states to give consumers the right to store energy from alternative sources

Regulatory ruling leaves energy companies wondering what future holds

Regulatory ruling leaves energy companies wondering what future holds Should electricity customers have to keep paying extra each month to subsidize noncompetitive nuclear and coal plants? This past week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave a resounding “no” to that question, dealing a huge defeat to utilities who count nuclear and coal plants among their … Continue reading Regulatory ruling leaves energy companies wondering what future holds

A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field

A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field A review of the most important developments in rate design, distributed energy deployments, and utility business models. The electricity sector’s competitive dynamic completely flipped in 2017. It is now cheaper to build new wind and solar than new coal or often natural gas. In growing swaths … Continue reading A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field

#Portland_General_Electric eyes spending up to $100M on energy storage

Portland General Electric eyes spending up to $100M on energy storage With costs plunging, Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) is prepared to pursue a lot more energy storage than the puny amount required under an Oregon mandate. In its quarterly earnings call on Friday, the utility told analysts it will soon propose spending between … Continue reading #Portland_General_Electric eyes spending up to $100M on energy storage