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Midwest, Mid-Atlantic power grid operators issue cold weather alerts ahead of freeze

Midwest, Mid-Atlantic power grid operators issue cold weather alerts ahead of freeze Houston — Southwest Power Pool, PJM Interconnection and Midcontinent Independent System Operator have issued cold weather alerts spanning this week as sub-zero temperatures are forecast to sweep across the region, driving up heating demand and power prices. “Back-to-back cold fronts will slice through … Continue reading Midwest, Mid-Atlantic power grid operators issue cold weather alerts ahead of freeze

#AEP seeks 1.2 GW of wind proposals, nearly six months after canceling $4.5B #Wind_Catcher

AEP seeks 1.2 GW of wind proposals, nearly six months after canceling $4.5B Wind Catcher Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), on Tuesday launched a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 1.2 GW of wind generation. The utility wants to see the projects in operation by December 2021, … Continue reading #AEP seeks 1.2 GW of wind proposals, nearly six months after canceling $4.5B #Wind_Catcher

#Michigan utilities upgrade pumped storage plant ahead of renewable push

Michigan utilities upgrade pumped storage plant ahead of renewable push he Ludington Pumped Storage Plant along Lake Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables. Concealed under a grassy slope, water pours through a set of massive chutes, pummeling a bank of underground turbines before spilling into Lake … Continue reading #Michigan utilities upgrade pumped storage plant ahead of renewable push

FERC, NERC open inquiry into winter load event that stressed Midwest grids

FERC, NERC open inquiry into winter load event that stressed Midwest grids FERC and NERC routinely review load events that stress regional grids, like the 2014 Polar Vortex, to improve market rules and emergency procedures. This review, however, could take on special significance due to FERC’s open proceeding on grid resilience and the looming specter … Continue reading FERC, NERC open inquiry into winter load event that stressed Midwest grids

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

#Minnesota adjusts solar incentives to cover more commercial projects

Minnesota adjusts solar incentives to cover more commercial projects The state’s solar industry thinks the change could spur new development and maybe attract out-of-state companies. Minnesota solar industry leaders are hopeful recent changes to two utility incentive programs will bring new commercial development to the state. State lawmakers doubled the size limit for Xcel Energy’s … Continue reading #Minnesota adjusts solar incentives to cover more commercial projects

#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