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How is Renewable Energy Stored?


As we continually rely on clean and renewable energy sources, such as hydro, thermal, wind and solar, new challenges are presented with the impact their intermittent flow has on the grid. Storage of energy to reliably cover the times the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing requires a realistic solution. The electricity grid …

Renewable Energy 201


As we become more reliant on clean and renewable energy sources, such as hydro, solar, thermal and wind, new challenges are presented with the impact their intermittent flow has on the grid. The complex system that makes up the electricity grid requires supply and demand to be equal, and constant adjustments to the supply are …

How Do Renewable Energy Certificates Work?


So, you’re interested in renewable energy, but unsure if it’s available to you? Good news! If you live in a deregulated state, even if your local utility doesn’t offer green energy, Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) make it possible for you to choose to enroll in a renewable energy supply. What is a REC? RECs are …

Renewable Energy 101


You’ve probably heard a lot about “going green” and you’ve probably wondered exactly what renewable energy is, how it works, and if it really benefits you or the environment. The first blog in our renewable energy series breaks down these topics, and more, to help you better understand major factors of green energy. What is …

MISO Staff Proposes Forward Auction Plan for Retail Electric Choice


On July 20, 2016 MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.) proposed draft rules for changes to its planning reserves auction for retail competitive states. Once finalized, the proposal will be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for approval following several stakeholder meetings. The informal stakeholder meetings began last week where MISO unveiled its …

Exelon/ComEd Proposed Legislation in IL – Status and Potential Impacts


Exelon/ComEd Proposed Legislation if Passed in IL could have Ratepayers on the Hook for Almost a Billion Dollars Over the Next 6 years to Subsidize Financially Distressed Nuclear Power Plants As reported in Crain’s Chicago on May 19th, SB 1585, also known as the Exelon/ComEd Bill (“the Bill”) calls for shifting from a “Low Carbon …

AEP Ohio and First Energy Seek PUCO Approval on Revised Power Purchase Agreements


On April 27th, after Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously rejected Public Utility Commission Ohio’s (PUCO’s) March 31, 2016 approvals of AEP and First Energy’s Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) both utilities filed modified proposals. FERC rejected the PPAs on anti-competitive affiliate contracting waiver grounds under the Edgar/Allegheny standards.  The PPA contracts would have allowed the unregulated …

Supreme Court unanimously sides with Talen in electric generation case


On April 19, 2016 the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) authority by finding the Maryland regulators overstepped their authority when they approved a contract that included financial subsidies to encourage construction of a new power plant in their state. The lower courts had sided with rival power suppliers who said …

PUCO Approves AEP Ohio and First Energy PPA Stipulations


On March 31, 2016 the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) separately approved AEP Ohio and First Energy’s Purchase Power Agreements (PPAs) (14-1693-EL-RDR and 14-1297-EL-SSO) allowing the two utilities to enter into an eight-year power purchase agreement (ending May 31, 2024) to support their select utility affiliate generation units.  The products procured through the PPAs …