Webinar: Minnesota’s Value of Solar

What is “the value of solar” electricity? How can it be used in energy policy? And how does it differ from other policies that govern the deployment of distributed solar power?

Listen in to this 30-minute webinar presentation (and 30-minute Q&A) to learn about Minnesota’s recently enacted value of solar policy, how it may work for solar in Minnesota if and when the state’s investor-owned utilities adopt it, and the implications for a robust and transparent value of solar methodology to help resolve conflicts in nearly 20 states.


Did AEP Just File for Another Rate Payer Subsidy to the WV Coal Industry?

On Wednesday, I read this AP story on the Charleston Gazette Web site.

An American Electric Power subsidiary is asking state regulators to approve a transmission line that the company wants to build in Boone and Raleigh counties.

AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, Inc. filed an application for the Bim Tap Project on Tuesday with the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

California’s AB 2145 Undermines Clean Energy, Local Economies, and Majority Rule

A powerful law in six states gives communities the power to choose their energy suppliers and direct their energy dollars toward local energy production. Two of the most prominent examples of this policy in action are in California, Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, and they’re offering electric customers better pricing with much more renewable energy than the incumbent utility.

Arkansas PSC Orders Rehearing on AEP 345 kV Line

Big news out of Arkansas.  This week, the Arkansas PSC ordered a rehearing of the certificate of need case for the 345 kV line proposed by AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCo).  This is an historic win for citizens and the main opposition intervenor, Save the Ozarks.

WV CAG Files Common Sense Motion in AEP Mitchell Case

Earlier in the week, the WV Citizens Action Group filed a motion (the motion takes a while to download, so be patient) to stay WV PSC case 14-0546-E-PC, in which AEP is trying to cram half of its Mitchell coal fired power plant down the throats of Wheeling Power and Appalachian Power customers.  In earlier testimony in the case, AEP officials testified that they wanted to “sell” the half interest in Mitchell from their AEP Generation Resources subsidi

AEP & FirstEnergy Want Money for Nothing – Your Money

There have been some interesting developments with the two electricity holding companies that control WV’s electric system.  Here’s the story.

FirstEnergy has sued PJM in federal court to get all of the demand resources that cleared the recent PJM capacity auction thrown out.  And why is FirstEnergy doing this?

May 2014 Capacity Auction Shows that PJM Cartel Working as Planned

Last weekend, I posted about David Cay Johnson’s dissection of supply rigging in the recent PJM capacity auction.  RTO Insider has now published its detailed analysis of Exelon’s specific strategies.  UBS Securities, especially their main electricity industry analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith, has also issued a report on the situation.

Want to See What a Real PSC Looks Like?

WV has a passive (I have also used the word “supine” here on The Power Line.) PSC that is captured by the two Ohio-based holding companies that control out state’s electricity industry.

Take a look at what the NY PSC is doing in its new case, 14-M-0101: Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).  This is a PSC that works for the people of its state.  See if you can pick out all the themes that we have written about here on The Power Line for the past 6 years:

WV ARPS – The Joke Continues

The other day, I took a look at the 2013 report that the WV PSC files with the WV Legislature concerning progress on the do nothing Alternative and Renewable Portfolio Standard that then-Gov. Manchin pushed through the Legislature in 2009.  It’s all in there, clear evidence that the law was meant to do nothing except suppress the development of renewable power in WV.

10 States Have Already Met New Carbon Targets

The NYT reports this morning that ten states had already met the new federal targets for carbon emissions reductions by 2012.  This is an indication that the choice of 2005 was an easy way to let states off the hook for real reductions.  Much of the carbon emissions reductions has happened because electricity demand has fallen, not from any other changes in behavior or generation.