Xcel files Distribution System Study

In Minnesota, Xcel Energy filed its Distribution System Study as a supplemental report to the standard Biennial Transmission Projects Report. The supplemental report is intended to describe the utility’s progress and planning regarding grid modernization, specifically where and how much … Continue reading

NY PSC sets tracks in retail competition proceeding

On December 2nd, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) issued a notice, setting two tracks of this proceeding. Track 1 will cover whether or not the ESCOs should be prohibited from serving residential and small non-residential customers and … Continue reading

Extending the deadline for ESCOs to halt service to low-income NY customers

On December 9th, the New York Public Service Commission issued a ruling in response to National Grid’s motion for extension submitted on December 9th to extend the deadline for which the ESCOs must block all Assistance Program Participant (APP) accounts … Continue reading

Storage rulemaking at FERC to expand distributed generation markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) intended to “remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregations” in organized wholesale markets. As friends at The Energy Gang note … Continue reading

Texas utilities petition to amend energy efficiency calculations

The Joint Utilities petitioned to approve revisions to the residential and nonresidential deemed savings valuation, as incorporated in the Texas Technical Reference Manual Version 4.0, Program Year 2017. The calculations and values proposed will serve as guidelines for estimating the … Continue reading

Indiana utility files biennial IRP to retire coal, build out demand response and new gas plant

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) filed their biennial Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) on November 1. The IRP includes the accelerated retirement schedule for roughly half of their coal fleet, and an additional 150 MW of demand response from their … Continue reading

AEP Ohio proposes Distribution Technology Investment Plan

American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio filed a proposal that would extend its current Electric Security Plan (ESP), with modifications, through May 2024. The ESP would otherwise expire in May 2018. As part of its proposed amended ESP, AEP proposes a … Continue reading

California ALJ issues proposed decision on distributed energy rulemaking

On November 10th, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issued a proposed decision addressing the Competitive Solicitation Framework and Utility Regulatory Incentive Pilot. The Competitive Solicitation Framework was a consensus recommendation form the Competitive Solicitation Framework Working Group. It includes seven … Continue reading

California locational value working group issues Status Report

SDG&E submitted the Locational Net Benefit Analysis Working Group’s first Intermediate Status Report on Long-Term Refinements. The status report included four areas which the working group can continue to improve upon: (i) Methods for evaluating location specific benefits over a … Continue reading

In New York, Supplemental Distribution System Implementation Plans submitted

The Joint Utilities submitted their Supplemental Distribution System Implementation Plans (SDIP). The SDSIP outlines the evolution of DSP, including three stages (Grid Modernization, DER Integration, and Distributed Energy Markets); new stages required for DSP including DER forecasting, hosting capacity analysis … Continue reading