Archive for March 2016

This month’s ‘Giga-thought’: THIRD-PARTY SALES- WHAT TO EXPECT

THIRD-PARTY SALES: WHAT TO EXPECT by Kurt J. Olson[1] INTRODUCTION “Third-party sales” has become a phrase of art in North Carolina’s energy law.  It generally means the sale of electricity to the “public” for compensation by an entity other than the utility authorized by statute to sell electricity to the public in the designated geographic…

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Breaking Down REPS Misinformation

The attacks from those trying to slow the success of clean energy in North Carolina keep coming.  A key policy behind the growth of North Carolina’s clean energy economy, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) has been singled out time and time again by clean energy opponents. We expect the REPS, a…

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The Clogged (and Worsening?) State of QF Interconnection in North Carolina

Six graphs filed by North Carolina’s investor-owned utilities provide insight into the state of QF interconnection in North Carolina. Below, you will see two graphs for Duke Energy Carolinas (a Q4 2015 snapshot paired with a Q1 2016 snapshot), two graphs for Duke Energy Progress, and two graphs for Dominion North Carolina Power. The clogged (and worsening?) state of North…

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NCSEA Maps Current Capacity Awaiting Interconnection at Substations Across the State

NCSEA’s market intelligence team has mapped out the queued capacity and voltage information for individual substations using Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC), Duke Energy Progress (DEP), and Dominion North Carolina Power’s (DNCP) Interconnection Queue Performance Report. Interconnection is the process by which generating resources including solar, wind, biomass, and battery storage tie to the electric grid.…

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