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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 15, 2018

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Presidents’ Day. It resumes on Tuesday, February 20.

FERC finalizes energy storage rule

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:47:05

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday finalized a long-awaited rule meant to remove barriers for energy storage technology in electricity markets. The rule requires grid operators to change market rules to recognize the characteristics of storage resources and facilitate their participation. [ read more … ]

FERC moves to clear market barriers for energy storage technology

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:47:30

In a boost for electric storage technology, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday approved a new rule to remove barriers to batteries and other storage resources in U.S. power markets. The FERC order will “enhance competition and promote greater efficiency in the nation’s electric wholesale markets, and will help support the resilience of the bulk power system,” the commission said in a statement.
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FERC issues storage, reliability orders, calls conference on aggregated DERs

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:47:52

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued new orders on energy storage participation in wholesale power markets and frequency response services provided by generators. FERC also directed regional grid operators to devise new tariffs for storage market participation that allow the resources to provide multiple electricity market services, as well as set power market prices as purchasers and sellers of energy. [ read more … ]

A Powerful Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas

By Chris Martin and Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:50:11

Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries. In just the latest example, First Solar Inc. won a power contract to supply Arizona’s biggest utility when electricity demand on its system typically peaks, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The panel maker beat out bids from even power plants burning cheap gas by proposing to build a 65-megawatt solar farm that will, in turn, feed a 50-megawatt battery system. [ read more … ]

FERC chairman seeks collaboration with state utility regulators

By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:48:10

In remarks that covered a range of topics including possible reform of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission resilience proceeding and infrastructure and reliability issues, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre made it clear that he wants the federal agency to work in a collaborative fashion with state utility regulators. He made his remarks on Feb. 13 at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter policy summit in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

Underwater Video Shows Marine Life Growing at Block Island Wind Farm

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:49:01

Offshore wind proponents are touting new undersea footage that suggests a vibrant marine habitat is growing around the nation’s first offshore wind farm — a five-turbine operation off Rhode Island’s waters. The American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group, says the roughly two-minute clip it posted on YouTube this week shows the potential for the nation’s fishing industry as larger projects are envisioned up and down the East Coast. [ read more … ]

Grid operations technologies protected customers from the bomb cyclone

By Rob Gramlich, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:49:19

During the recent cold snap affecting much of the Northeastern U.S., power grids were close to their limits. FERC was preparing for the worst, granting waiver requests to allow bids in excess of $1,000/MWh, which it does at times of significant scarcity. The New England grid operator, ISO-New England, testified to the U.S. Senate on their reliability concerns with fuel security, after the region experienced rapidly dwindling oil supplies, extremely high gas prices, and a loss of a large nuclear plant. The CEO of PJM Interconnection LLC testified that they needed every resource they had. [ read more … ]

Ballot initiative aims to increase Arizona’s use of renewable energy

By Ryan Randazzo, Arizona Central  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:49:44

Renewable-energy advocates are hoping to ask voters to increase Arizona’s use of solar, wind and other alternative-energy resources with a ballot measure. A coalition of health-care providers and other organizations plans to launch the initiative Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Can Ambassador Branstad’s Relationship With China’s President Ease Tensions?

By Anthony Kuhn, Morning Edition  •    •  Posted 2018-02-15 16:48:35

Ex-Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad enjoys special access to China’s president from an old friendship. But, it’s not clear if the relationship can stave off the headwinds the U.S.-China relationship faces. [ read more … ]

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