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Washington Utility Raises Electricity Rates for Bitcoin Mining Companies

Washington Utility Raises Electricity Rates for Bitcoin Mining Companies Bitcoin mining, or the use of specialized computers that record and verify bitcoin transactions, is notoriously energy inefficient, using up to an estimated 20,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. That’s roughly .1% of global generation. So, when bitcoin mining companies realized that a few Washington … Continue reading Washington Utility Raises Electricity Rates for Bitcoin Mining Companies

Electricity markets are wooing #Wyoming industry, but regulators remain cautious

Electricity markets are wooing Wyoming industry, but regulators remain cautious If Wyoming’s largest utility had joined the California Independent Operator System’s grid, which it considered a few years ago, the merger would have revolutionized the western power sector. A study commissioned by the grid operators estimated $9 billion in cost savings for customers over two … Continue reading Electricity markets are wooing #Wyoming industry, but regulators remain cautious

Lightsource: No More Solar Bids Without Energy Storage West of the Colorado

Lightsource: No More Solar Bids Without Energy Storage West of the Colorado The BP-backed solar developer leads the pack in its public confidence in the solar-plus-storage business case. The BP-backed solar developer Lightsource sees a very compelling case for deploying energy storage in the Western U.S. All major utility-scale solar developers have added storage development … Continue reading Lightsource: No More Solar Bids Without Energy Storage West of the Colorado

Hearings slated to begin in Tucson Electric Power solar rate case

Hearings slated to begin in Tucson Electric Power solar rate case State regulators will soon decide Tucson Electric Power Co.’s solar rate case in a ruling that will likely dictate the pace of rooftop solar installations in the area for years to come. After a three-month delay, Arizona Corporation Commission hearings are set to start … Continue reading Hearings slated to begin in Tucson Electric Power solar rate case

#New_Mexico regulators move forward on clean energy standard

New Mexico regulators move forward on clean energy standard New Mexico utilities are embracing clean energy, but under a proposal put forward by the state’s attorney general and consumer advocates, they could have even more impetus to move to renewable energy. Under the proposed clean energy standard, utilities would have to cut CO2 emissions by … Continue reading #New_Mexico regulators move forward on clean energy standard

Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’ Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” … Continue reading Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

#Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for #Rocky_Mountain_Power solar customers

Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for Rocky Mountain Power solar customers Negotiated in private, the settlement approved Friday by state Public Service Commission will allow solar sales to continue in Utah, industry leaders say. Advocates for solar power in Utah were catching their breath Friday after receiving word that … Continue reading #Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for #Rocky_Mountain_Power solar customers

#Rocky_Mountain_Power, other parties defend plan to raise #Utah power bills to pay for solar power

Rocky Mountain Power, other parties defend plan to raise Utah power bills to pay for solar power Utility says it could walk away from settlement, if state regulators seek to change its carefully negotiated deal with solar advocates. State regulators have the future of Utah’s solar power industry in their hands — and, possibly, the … Continue reading #Rocky_Mountain_Power, other parties defend plan to raise #Utah power bills to pay for solar power