A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory study found that allowing customers to opt for real-time power rates, and shift some consumption to lower-priced periods, would lower customer bills 10% to 17%. A pilot study has shown that real-time pricing works, and more pilots are underway.
Also on the rise: Pivot Energy closes financing on 90MW solar portfolio. iSun posts 115% revenue growth in full year 2021 financial results. Energy Dome wins BNEF Pioneers 2022 competition for long-duration energy storage with CO2 batteries. Burns & McDonnell completes 65MW Texas solar project. New Hampshire utilities announce electric vehicle demand charge holiday.
Public Utility Commission discounts demand charges for commercial EV charging locations by 75% in year 1, 50% in year 2, and 25% in year 3.
Also on the rise: Duke Energy Florida launches utility-owned “community” solar program. Batteries help solar connect, pricing still strong. Three year commercial solar project payback period expected through roof mount cost reductions. “It’s time for ISO-New England to get out of the way” of renewables, said Senator Markey. MIT and Stanford researchers are employing artificial intelligence to test perovskites in pursuit of a commercially viable PV cell manufacturing process. NREL’s eight storage projections through 2050. New Hampshire ranks 40th in solar installations in the country due in part to minimalistic or nonexistent renewable energy policies.
pv magazine looks at the six New England states’ solar incentives, several of which rank among the top 10 best incentives in the nation.
Also in the brief: EPA raises legal questions about California’s plan to ban new gas-powered cars starting in 2035
Also in the brief: Geronimo Energy has started construction activities for two Michigan solar projects, a New Hampshire Senator is asking the Defense Department’s progress toward meeting its renewable energy goals, Nelnet launches a renewables spinoff and more.
Retail choice is associated with lower retail prices for electricity, but only in Texas does it help drive more renewable power, says a Wind Solar Alliance report.
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