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Michigan PURPA Settlement Set to More Than Triple State’s Solar Capacity

Utility Consumers Energy and the solar industry resolved their conflict, smoothing the way for deployment. Regulators in Michigan approved a settlement Wednesday compelling utility Consumers Energy to buy power from 584 megawatts of solar interconnected by September 1, 2023, multiplying by many times the 153 megawatts currently standing in the state. The settlement ends a […]

Spain Moves to Prevent a Second Solar Bubble

Grid-connection applications for solar projects are rising by 15 gigawatts a month in a country with 40 gigawatts of total peak power demand. Spain’s energy regulator is moving to tighten PV plant grid connection rules as the country heads toward a second solar development bubble. The National Commission on Markets and Competition (Comisión Nacional de […]

Duke Drops Largest Solar Project in North Carolina Procurement — Its Own

The cancellation of an 80-megawatt project with no financial penalty raises questions about a monopoly utility competing against private developers. Monopolies and market competition can make for uneasy bedfellows. North Carolina completed its first competitive solar solicitation in April, as called for in a major energy compromise the legislature passed in 2017. Unlike almost anywhere […]

‘Cheaper Than a Peaker’: NextEra Inks Massive Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma

NextEra will build a combined 700 megawatts for an electric cooperative group in a landmark deal for the hybrid renewables sector. NextEra Energy Resources seems intent on proving that triple hybrid plants can work in the U.S. market. The powerhouse renewables developer contracted this week with Oklahoma-based Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to build the largest […]

Georgia Power Ups Plan for Renewables and Storage After Local Stakeholder Push

Southern Company-owned utility’s larger-than-expected storage rollout points toward a big new market in the Southeast. Georgia’s utility regulators approved a long-term plan that will see Georgia Power drastically expand renewable generation and develop, own and operate up to 80 megawatts of energy storage. The final 2019 Integrated Resource Plan calls for 2,260 megawatts of new […]