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Emerging Technologies: Virtual Power Plants Advance in California

California regulators and utilities are finally beginning to seize the emerging virtual power plant (VPP) opportunity that allows aggregations of rooftop solar and small-scale energy storage to deliver the value of a conventional power plant but with more flexibility.

VPPs are distributed energy resource aggregations that typically also include smart water heaters and heating-cooling […]

February 14, 2022|

California Will Finally Get Solar on Some Irrigation Canals

A long-discussed idea to address water losses and generate power took a step forward with a Tuesday announcement that the Department of Water Resources will give $20 million to a public utility south of Modesto to install 5 MW of solar panels over its irrigation canals.

This project at the Turlock Irrigation District will test […]

February 8, 2022|

Ninth Circuit Says Some Rate Hikes on Solar Owners May Be Illegal

A stunning ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in an Arizona case indicates utilities may face limits on raising rates on solar owners under federal anti-trust laws.

The appellate court’s three-judge panel unanimously ruled Jan. 31 that solar owners in Arizona were injured under the federal Sherman Anti-Trust Act by big rate hikes, […]

February 2, 2022|
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