The issues that caused some Japanese utilities to restrict further grid connections for solar plants last year is expected to be resolved. The government is expected to release targets that would establish how much renewable energy will be permitted this year, and that announcement could come very soon.
PPL Corporation and Riverstone Holdings LLC affiliate RJS Power Holdings LLC have filed a joint response with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepting additional market power mitigation measures required for FERC approval of the previously announced spinoff of PPL Energy Supply and its combination with competitive generation assets owned by RJS Power Holdings. The combination is expected to establish a new independent power producer called Talen Energy.
The results of a survey conducted by DEFG, a management consulting firm specializing in energy, reveals some interesting information about low-income utility customers-- 43 percent (or four in 10) of which have trouble paying their utility bills.
ISO New England will announce its decision on which of two bids it will accept for a major transmission line, the Greater Boston or Southern New Hampshire Reliability Project, in February.
India has bold plans for smart cities makeovers for a number of its cities. Those plans may now take shape more quickly since Germany and the U.S. have signed on. The two western countries have each signed on to the initiative, with each country to provide assistance for three cities.
Energy education in Illinois is starting early with the help of a joint program offered by ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. Nearly 5,000 fifth grade students in Chicago are becoming Super Energy Savers through a free science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based curriculum, intended to teach fifth graders about the importance of energy efficiency, and allow them to share money- and energy-saving tips with their families.
Florida Power & Light (FPL) has big plans to step up its clean energy program by tripling its solar capacity by adding 225 megawatts to the 110 megawatts it has now, and do it by the end of 2016.
Missouri's Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) has become one of the latest electric utilities to become actively involved in the electric vehicle charging business. On Monday the utility said it would install and manage over 1,000 EV charging stations, which would rank it as the largest utility-owned and operated network in the country.
There may be room for some optimism amid the utility industry's frantic search for ways to find and train the skilled technicians they need to replace an aging workforce that is rapidly retiring as well as the entry level employees they need. Utilities have tried a variety of innovative approaches and now more and more universities and community colleges are initiating training programs to help them meet that need, and they are often doing it in partnerships.
The project feeds into the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission infrastructure which enables the high electricity demand areas in the state to access the low-cost renewable generation resources of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle. The power is sold into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power market and covered by a long-term, fixed-price hedge agreement for a portion of the expected energy production.