Tag Archives: State regulation

California Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Utilities to Consider Using Distributed Energy Resources and Storage to Meet Peak Demand

Last week, the California Senate and Assembly passed a bill that would require utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission to consider the use of distributed energy resources, energy storage, and grid operational efficiencies to meet peak energy and reliability … Continue reading

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State Programs Claim Third Victory in Federal Court: New York Nuclear Subsidies Survive Legal Challenge

In a July 25, 2017 ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a challenge to the component of New York’s “Clean Energy Standard” offering subsidy payments, known as “zero-emissions credits” or ZECs, to certain … Continue reading

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National Academies Report Calls for Coordinated Approach to Improve Power Grid’s Security and Resilience

Last week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) issued a pre-publication report focused on identifying and developing strategies to increase the power system’s resilience in the face of events that cause large-area, long-term duration blackouts.  The report, … Continue reading

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Court Decisions Affirm States’ Authority to Incentivize Generation Development and Retention

In two recent federal court decisions, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois affirmed state authority to implement programs to incentivize generation development and retention. The two decisions are the … Continue reading

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Issues Report on Multiyear Rate Plans

Earlier this month, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory issued a report entitled State Performance-Based Regulation Using Multiyear Rate Plans for U.S. Electric Utilities.  This report provides in-depth analysis of multiyear rate plans (MRPs).  MRPs are a particular type of performance-based … Continue reading

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