Energy storage, smart meter research shows huge market growth

The global energy storage market is on track to double and the smart meter market is expected to reach $7 billion this year, according to research released Thursday from IHS Markit.

Port of Los Angeles reveals $27M solar, storage and microgrid project

The Port of Los Angeles and Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals L.P. have unveiled the Green Omni Terminal project that will integrate solar energy generation, storage and microgrid systems in one of the port's 27 terminals. The project will serve as a model for upgrading the port's other terminals.

Minnesota Power seeks wind and solar proposals for its EnergyForward Plan

Allete's Minnesota Power is releasing a series of RFPs for large scale wind and solar energy projects after receiving backlash from customers and renewable energy advocates over its 15 year plan.

Alliant Energy pledges $1B for wind power expansion

Alliant Energy will invest $1 billion to expand its wind power operations throughout the state of Iowa. The company announced its plans Wednesday to expand the Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County and begin building new wind facilities elsewhere in the state over the next five years. Alliant aims to increase Iowa's wind power capacity by 500 MW.

NV Energy proposes 20-year grandfather period for net metering customers

Nevada's NV Energy filed a proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) Wednesday asking that private residential solar customers be given a 20-year grandfather period for the state's net metering compensation system.  

National Grid taps Itron for smart grid infrastructure upgrade

Electricity and gas company National Grid has tapped Itron, an energy management solutions company, for help with upgrading its power utility infrastructure.

Duke Energy brings 4 MW solar installation online in Florida

Duke Energy's newest 17-acre Osceola Solar Facility is now generating electricity for residents in Osceola County, Florida.

Pioneer Power sees interest surge for distributed generation solutions

Pioneer Power Solutions, which provides on-site power generation equipment, said it has seen a "surge" in distributed generation (DG) technology orders. Indeed, it booked $3.6 million worth of DG-related projects in the last 60 days alone.

Maine governor wants to end state's net metering program

Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed to end the state's net metering program for rooftop solar installations. Instead, LePage would like to see the state adopt a market-based approach that would offer solar owners rates that are more in-line with real-time values for electricity.

National Grid's proposed rate hike begins NY DPS hearings

The New York State Department of Public Service will begin hearings today on Long Island to accept public comments on National Grid's request for $146 million in new gas-delivery revenues beginning next year.

Exelon powers first zero-carbon DNC

Exelon said it is providing the convention with clean, carbon-free electricity through PECO, its subsidiary in southeastern Pennsylvania. The DNC has aimed to be the first zero-carbon political convention in U.S. history.

AES to develop 300 MW of energy storage in Long Beach

AES, a provider of commercial energy storage solutions, recently announced plans to make its operations in California a little greener. The company will partially replace natural gas operations with battery power at Long Beach's Alamitos Plant. 

DTE Energy posts strong Q2 earnings, but revenue dips slightly

The company, which noted that its Q2 performance has built upon a successful first quarter, noted that higher-than-expected Q2 earnings were driven, in part, by the weather.

Arizona gaining a 10MW solar-plus-storage facility

A grid-scale, 10 MW battery energy storage facility with a 2 MW solar generation farm is in the works near Tucson, Arizona.

White House unlocks $4.5B boost for EVs and charging infrastructure

The Obama Administration announced last week that $4.5 billion in loan guarantees will support more widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and a nationwide charging infrastructure.

New York smart city program adopts real-time energy management tech

A New York state program supporting energy efficiency of commercial buildings has approved a new real-time energy management technology for use as a qualified system provider.

Minnesota first US state to embrace 'value of solar' tariff

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last week embraced a "value of solar" tariff for determining how community customers will be paid for excess solar power.

Idaho utilities want a federal review of 4-hour power outage

A power substation fire in Idaho caused a several hour long power outage for more than 100,000 customers this week, and the local electric cooperatives and utilities are calling for a federal review of the incident.

Sempra acquires in-progress Michigan wind farm

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power acquired an in-progress wind farm project in Michigan from utility-scale wind and solar energy developer Geronimo Energy, LLC, the utility announced today.

NERC to develop a better cybersecurity standard for the grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved an order Thursday directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop a new Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standard.