El Paso Electric Requests $42.5M in Rates, Plus Distributed Generation with Demand Charges

On February 13, El Paso Electric filed (Docket No. 46831) with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to request an increase in non-fuel base revenues of approximately $42.5 million, or 8.71 percent over its adjusted test year base rate revenues. .

Iowa Consumer Advocate to Decide if DG Utility Accounts Are ‘Moochers’

Are ratepayers who have rooftop solar arrays mooching off their utilities? An Iowa utility says the answer is “yes” and it is threatening to impose a monthly $85 “facility charge” as of August 15 on owners of any newly connected distributed generation (DG) systems up … Read more…

Diesel Genset Market to Reach $68B by 2024, Navigant Says

Diesel Genset Market to Reach $68B by 2024, Navigant Says

Reciprocating engine-based gensets are among the fastest-selling, least expensive distributed generation (DG) technologies in the world. Global annual diesel genset capacity additions are expected to increase from 62.5 GW in 2015 to 103.7 GW in 2024, while global revenue from the installation of diesel gensets … Read more…

Natural Gas Gensets to Reach 27 GW of Installed Capacity by 2024

Natural Gas Gensets to Reach 27 GW of Installed Capacity by 2024

Annual natural gas (NG) generator set (genset) installations are expected to reach 27.2 GW by 2024 and generate $146.8 billion in cumulative revenue between 2015 and 2024, according to a new report published by Navigant Research. For the purposes of the report, NG gensets consist … Read more…

KDC Flips Switch on 6.31 MW Solar System for N.J. Hospital

KDC Flips Switch on 6.31 MW Solar System for N.J. Hospital

KDC Solar has commenced commercial operations of its 6.31-MW solar panel system located at CentraState Medical in Freehold, New Jersey. The system will provide electricity to CentraState Medical, which serves more than 14,000 inpatients and more than 250,000 outpatient visits a year. The solar panel … Read more…

GE Invests $1.4B in New Distributed Power Business

GE Invests $1.4B in New Distributed Power Business

GE is spending $1.4 billion over four years to launch a new business – GE Distributed Power – that combines three product lines: Aeroderivative Gas Turbines, Jenbacher Gas Engines and Waukesha Gas Engines. GE says the new business will help meet the world’s growing demand … Read more…

Is the Grid Ready for Distributed Resources?

Is the Grid Ready for Distributed Resources?

The utility industry’s research arm has started studies of the rapid rise of distributed energy resources (DER) and how best to integrate them into the grid. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is studying the transformation of the electric power grid brought about by large … Read more…

Schools Roundup: North Carolina, California, Wisconsin, Florida

Schools Roundup: North Carolina, California, Wisconsin, Florida

PowerSecure International has designed and installed solar and distributed generation systems for Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, NC, which opened for the 2013-2014 school year as one of the nation’s first net positive energy schools. The LEED platinum certified school will utilize a … Read more…

Wind Top Source of New US Energy

Wind Top Source of New US Energy

In 2012, wind energy became the number one source of new US electricity generation capacity for the first time – representing 43 percent of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in US investment, according to Energy Department research. The Energy Department has … Read more…

SEPA Promotes Dialogue On Net Energy Metering

SEPA Promotes Dialogue On Net Energy Metering

To incorporate distributed solar energy into the grid in an economically viable fashion, we need a basic understanding of state utility regulation for rate-setting and research into the value of distributed solar, says the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). SEPA released a report this week, Ratemaking, … Read more…

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