Solar

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, we feature host John Farrell’s interview with Scott Hempling for ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast. Scott Hempling is an author, expert witness, lawyer, and law professor specializing in utility regulatory issues. Their discussion covers the changing ideas around natural monopolies, the consolidation of such monopolies in recent years,...
News

A survey by the state’s solar industry association revealed more than 100 complaints about interconnection requests. Minnesota solar installers say they are facing frustrating delays from the state’s largest utility despite new rules meant to speed up approval of grid connections. After two years of stakeholder meetings, state regulators last year updated interconnection standards for...
Storage

Great River Energy (GRE) long-duration pilot project announcement generated many headlines recently. There were three things that the industry observers noted: 1) there is a new commercial grid-scale storage technology called aqueous air battery, 2) the pilot project is 150 hours duration and 3) GRE is retiring a baseload coal plant sooner than scheduled. Electric...
O&M

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has signed an implementation agreement with Xcel Energy – Colorado, paving the way for the company’s participation in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) in 2022. The agreement also provides participation for other Joint Dispatch Agreement (JDA) members: Black Hills Energy Colorado Electric, Colorado Springs Utilities and Platte River...
Rooftop

Crews are equipped with masks and gloves and practicing social distancing at — and on the way to — job sites.   Minnesota solar installers say they have been able to continue work on rooftops with only limited disruptions so far from the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz’s emergency executive order requiring Minnesota residents to stay...