Utility Dive – November 20
The Federal Vitality Regulatory Fee (FERC) final Thursday upheld its order overhauling its implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Insurance policies Act (PURPA), and issued a Discover of Proposed Rulemaking to reform transmission line rankings. Transmission and clear vitality advocates had been happy with the fee’s motion on line rankings, thought of a “software caught in limbo” that might assist renewables ready in lengthy interconnection queues hook up with the grid, whereas bettering the general effectivity of transmission strains. In the meantime, the photo voltaic business was annoyed by the fee’s choice to uphold its controversial PURPA rule.
Greentech Media – November 23
California utility regulators wish to keep away from a repeat of the rolling blackouts that hit throughout August’s file warmth wave in time for subsequent summer time. Final Thursday’s order instituting rulemaking from the California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC) is asking utilities and different stakeholders to weigh in with concepts. Stakeholders could have an opportunity to suggest rule modifications and new applications, both to extend electrical energy provide or decrease grid demand throughout the important late afternoon and early night hours by summer time subsequent 12 months. The CPUC is not searching for a selected megawatt quantity; that’s as much as members to counsel. About 2.Four GW of sources are scheduled to return on-line by August 2021. However state grid operator California Unbiased System Operator may want greater than that to fulfill its federally mandated contingency reserve requirement throughout one other “excessive warmth occasion,” the CPUC famous.
North Bay Enterprise Journal – November 16
The first energy plant operator at The Geysers geothermal area on the Sonoma-Lake county border can pay greater than $2 million to the state to settle alleged violations associated to fireside safety techniques at six of its energy crops within the area. Along with the fee, the Geysers Energy Co., a subsidiary of Houston-based Calpine Corp., was required to make upgrades to the concerned energy services, in keeping with the California Vitality Fee, which introduced the deal final Monday.
San Jose Highlight – November 23
By the top of 2021, hundreds of San Jose houses will likely be powered by renewable wind vitality — generated by a fleet of generators 1,000 miles away in New Mexico. Since its launch in 2019, San Jose Clear Vitality, the town’s electrical energy provider, has invested in renewable vitality akin to photo voltaic and battery storage however the brand new 15-year partnership marks its first wind funding. The partnership with Sample Vitality will present 225 MW of energy to San Jose generated by 85 to 90 wind generators in New Mexico. New Mexico can even get a share of the brand new provide.
Renewables Now – November 23
US Photo voltaic Fund PLC this week introduced that the ultimate mission in its portfolio, the 128-MW Milford photo voltaic farm in Utah, has reached business operation date. The photo voltaic farm has a 25-year PPA with PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Vitality.
Vitality Storage Information – November 23
Broad Attain Energy has made the primary of “several planned expansions” into California’s marketplace for vitality storage, buying the 25-MW/100-MWh Cascade Vitality Storage mission in Stockton from a subsidiary of European vitality main Enel. Firm officers mentioned building ought to being subsequent 12 months for Cascade to be accomplished and commissioned throughout 2022.
PV-Tech – November 18
Google and Honda will likely be among the many offtakers of a 1,310-MW PV mission to be constructed by Invenergy that may turn out to be the biggest photo voltaic era facility within the U.S. upon completion. At the moment below improvement in northeast Texas, the Samson Photo voltaic Vitality Middle will likely be constructed in 5 phases over the following three years. The total facility is slated to be operational in 2023. The announcement sees Samson take the title of largest deliberate U.S. photo voltaic mission from the Gemini facility, a 690-MW improvement below building in Nevada that can even function 380 MW/1,400 MWh of battery vitality storage.