NewEnergyNews: The Fight For A Modern Grid Stays Hot

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    Thursday, August 01, 2019

    The Fight For A Modern Grid Stays Hot

    The 50 States of Grid Modernization: U.S. Grid Modernization Activity Continues to Climb in the Second Quarter of 2019

    July 31, 2019 (North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)

    “…[The Q2 2019 50 States of Grid Modernization summary of] state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reforms, energy storage, microgrids, and demand response…[found] 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, took actions related to grid modernization during Q2 2019…with the greatest number of actions relating to energy storage deployment, data access policies, distribution system planning, utility business model reforms, and integrated resource planning…A total of 433 grid modernization actions were taken…representing a 43% increase over Q2 2018 (302 actions) and a 139% increase over Q2 2017 (181 actions).

    New York, California, and Massachusetts took the greatest number of actions during the quarter, followed by Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, and New Hampshire…[It identifies three trends… (1) states developing criteria for evaluating non-wires alternatives, (2) policymakers and regulators considering next generation renewable portfolio standards, and (3) states analyzing the costs and benefits of battery storage…[The top five policy developments were…Minnesota lawmakers enacting an expansive energy storage bill; The Ohio Supreme Court striking down First Energy’s grid modernization rider; Working groups filing their final recommendations in DC’s grid modernization proceeding; Nevada legislators passing a bill authorizing utility business model reforms; and The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority proposing minigrids and energy storage deployment in its final integrated resource plan…” click here for more

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