While the Super Bowl victory parade rolled by, solar energy professionals shook hands, shared stories, made deals and visited more than 80 industry exhibitions on the floor in Boston, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts lawmakers have approved energy storage as a part of solar+storage net metering programs, and have also approved privately-owned energy storage installations to receive payments from the forward capacity markets.
NREL has begun an effort to improve its ability to model deployments of variable renewable energy sources across the U.S. power grid. This effort has begot two papers as of yet – one a broad analysis of how four specific models work and how to improve them, and the second a comparison of the varying outcomes of models under normalized conditions.
NV Energy’s recently released Renewable Generations report showed that solar power interconnection applications increased by 450% in 2018 versus 2017, with half of the systems applied for installed as well.
CALSSA has released a whitepaper to guide policy makers in refining legislation to maximize the value of customer-sited solar plus storage.
Texas regulators have ruled that any renewable generation source connected to the state’s HVAC grid does not have to account for marginal losses, as the market turbulence it would cause isn’t worth the benefit, and it would go against the original spirit of the project.
Consumers Energy has asked Michigan regulators to suspend solar power interconnection applications as the increase in applications was “substantial, and too sudden, to allow to Company to respond” with appropriate resources.
Per an analysis by Vibrant Clean Energy, it’ll take approximately 2.8 GW of solar power, 8 GW of wind and 765 MW / 3 GWh of energy storage to allow Colorado to shut down its 4 GW of coal by 2025, while also lowering electric rates by 5%.
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