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#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

INDIANA IN-DEPTH: Solar advocates believe industry will overcome net metering changes

INDIANA IN-DEPTH: Solar advocates believe industry will overcome net metering changes GOSHEN — The slowing gain of jobs in the Indiana solar power industry is being viewed as a one-time occurrence for a segment of the economy that has been thriving. One of the industry’s advocacy organizations, The Solar Foundation based in Washington, D.C., reported … Continue reading INDIANA IN-DEPTH: Solar advocates believe industry will overcome net metering changes

#DTE_Energy power outages: 250,000 customers remain without power

DTE Energy power outages: 250,000 customers remain without power The utility company reported Monday morning more than 370,000 customers overall were impacted by the storm. Crews have worked to restore power to more than 120,000 customers. More Headlines Metro Detroit weather forecast: First the ice, and now the snow DTE expects 90 percent of customers … Continue reading #DTE_Energy power outages: 250,000 customers remain without power

MISO states push for authority over DER in electricity markets at FERC meeting

MISO states push for authority over DER in electricity markets at FERC meeting FERC called the aggregated DER technical conference in February when it approved a separate order regarding how energy storage facilities. That order allowed large-scale storage in each regional electricity market to provide multiple services, but regulators could not settle on similar rules … Continue reading MISO states push for authority over DER in electricity markets at FERC meeting