A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- In 2015, wind energy installed more electric generating capacity than any other source according to data recently released by AWEA. There was 8.6 GW of wind power capacity installed compared to 7.3 GW of solar and 6 GW of natural gas.
- At the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners winter meeting, FERC Chairman Norman Bay stated that the organization will not be revisiting the demand response compensation rules. Colette Honorable, FERC commissioner, stated “I believe the court spoke very clearly…I don’t see a need to revisit compensation because the courts have upheld FERC’s order.”
- Change was the major theme that came out of Utility Dive’s third annual State of the Electric Utility report. Respondents were asked to give their opinion on a variety of topics including business models, governmental regulations and emerging opportunities. The top three technologies to round out the list of technologies for utilities to invest in were energy storage, distribution generation and utility-scale renewables.