Daily Archives: February 11, 2019

Electric Utilities Must Stop Illegally Concealing Public Cost Data

By John Farrell Utilities in many states have undercut competition by playing “hide the peanut.” Instead of sharing their avoided cost publicly, as required by Congress and state laws, utilities have hidden them behind a “trade secret” designation. This illegal shield––if left in place by state and federal regulators––requires prospective clean energy developers to lawyer…

Price Spikes in Ireland Fuel Concerns Over Dispatachable Power Shortages in Europe

By [email protected] Irish grid-balancing prices soared to €3,774 ($4,284) per megawatt-hour last month amid growing concerns over dispatchable power capacity across Europe. The price spike, triggered by an alert regarding generation losses, came only four months after Ireland and Northern Ireland launched an Integrated Single Electricity Market (ISEM) designed to make trading more competitive and…

A New Evaluation Paradigm for Flexible Resources

By [email protected] Important policy guidance was issued late last year that could impact the country’s investor-owned utilities, and it largely flew under the radar. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the organizing and policy setting association for the country’s public utility commissions, issued a resolution document that sets the stage for what represents…

Insuring offshore wind farms: What developers need to know

By Michelle Froese A Q&A with senior underwriter, Jonny Allen Jonny Allen with Travelers. Offshore wind is quickly gaining momentum in the United States. The last year brought a wealth of new news stories related to offshore auctions and state commitments to developing wind farms, particularly in the Atlantic. Although the focus has been on…

Solar+saffron experiment could pave the path to more dual-use farms

By Billy Ludt Solar modules take a note from plant life, following a similar pattern of absorbing sunlight, processing it and producing energy (or in a plant’s case, creating nutrients that are consumed and converted into energy). Now, solar companies are pairing the photo-cousins to explore better land use practices and the possible benefits of…

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