Updates

Illinois Commerce Commission announces NextGrid

The Illinois Commerce Commission launched an 18-month study focused on finding new technologies, utility business models and regulatory strategies to transform the state’s grid into a more flexible and efficient resource. “NextGrid” is intended for industry and other stakeholders to develop … Continue reading

Wisconsin PSC approves Alliant Energy rate hike

For the first time since 2010, Alliant Energy rates will increase. Nearly $8 a month for the average residential electric and natural gas customer, beginning January 1st. The PSC agreed to a preliminary approval that would near-double the utility’s fixed … Continue reading

NY utilities evaluate distribution level demand response programs

New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) filed an evaluation of their Distribution Level Demand Response (DLDR) programs as a part of the Dynamic Load Management Program Order. The Order requires that the companies … Continue reading

Entergy request approval of AMI program

As part of its request for advanced metering infrastructure filing, Entergy Mississippi announced a plan to deploy grid modernization technologies by upgrading to advanced meters and expanding online energy management tools for its customers. The utility said it is all … Continue reading

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