Renewable energy fueling Asia-Pacific microgrids

The Asia-Pacific region has seen particularly robust demand for microgrids in recent years due to economic development, electrification, and industrialization directly related to the growing need for more electricity and the resulting development of renewable distributed energy generation and, ultimately, microgrids, according to Navigant Research.

CPUC shaping "utility of the future"

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a long-term project to modernize the state's electric grid by incorporating non-utility owned energy resources into the planning and operation of the electric distribution system.

High-voltage transmission expanding worldwide

The HVTS market will see tremendous capital investment over the next 10 years (exceeding $250 billion from 2014 to 2023), as the infrastructure that was installed in the post-World War II era ages out, coal and nuclear generation is retired, and new utility scale renewable wind and solar generation is installed in remote areas.

CPUC cuts utility revenue request by $700M

In an unprecedented move for a rate case, the CPUC retained outside experts to evaluate risk assessment, risk mitigation, programs and policies, as well as PG&E's corporate policies, goals, culture, and the efforts being made to bolster PG&E's system safety and reliability. After reviewing the findings, the CPUC adopted revenue requirements that it says "balances the priorities of safety and reliability with just and reasonable rates" -- cutting the amount requested by $700 million.

MMU issues 2014 State of the Market Report for PJM

The wholesale electric energy and capacity markets of the 13 states and the District of Columbia managed by PJM Interconnection produced competitive results during the first six months of 2014, according to the 2014 State of the Market Report for PJM by Monitoring Analytics, LLC, the Independent Market Monitor for PJM.


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The United States has reduced its biofuels target for 2014 from 18.2 billion to 15.2 billion gallons, while the European Union has lowered its ceiling on food-based biofuels used in the transportation fuel mix from 10 percent to 7 percent-- both moves that slow the urgency around the industry's growth and biofuels' role in wider renewable targets, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.


Building on five previous sales held under the Obama Administration's Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 (Five-Year Program), which have offered more than 60 million acres for development, and garnered $2.3 billion in bid revenues, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has auctioned 21.6 million acres in its Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238.