Renews Push for More Energy Independence
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is introducing a bill he says will create a push for greater energy independence.
King, an independent, is calling the legislation the Next Generation Grid Resources and Infrastructure Development Act, or the GRID Act. He says it's designed to use federal resources to support an electricity grid that's more resilient.
King says the bill builds on his Free Market Energy Act, which he introduced in 2015 to create parameters for consumers to connect sources such as solar to the energy grid.
The newer bill would establish parameters for the governance of distributed energy resources, such as solar. King says that would provide guidance to the states and allow for more development of energy technologies. He also says it would grow energy independence "at the personal level."
Next Generation Grid Resources and Infrastructure Development (GRID) Act
U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine)
America’s electricity grid has remained relatively unchanged over the past 100 years – but today, new technologies, environmental pressures, and the need for more resilient infrastructure are beginning to transform the way electricity is generated and delivered. Distributed energy resources (DER), which can include generation, storage, efficiency, and demand response, among others – are being deployed at the edge of the grid, helping to create a more secure, resilient, and cost-effective electricity system. The Next Generation GRID Act would help move America’s energy infrastructure into the future, by removing barriers to the deployment of DER and leveraging federal resources to ensure new investments in the grid lay the groundwork for a more modern energy system.
Removing barriers to DER starts at protecting the rights of consumers—from homeowners to businesses large and small—to manage their energy use and to be protected from discriminatory rates and interconnection procedures. The Next Generation GRID Act would establish a right of interconnection for DER under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978, preventing undue delays, punitive rates or charges, and fair credit for exported energy.
A New Approach
Recent events have shown the vulnerability of the electric grid to physical disruption. While we cannot build an entirely secure grid, new approaches, including through DER, have shown we can build a more distributed and resilient grid. The Next Generation GRID Act would target federal dollars for a new infrastructure effort, asking states and electric utilities to conduct assessments of their grid systems and infrastructure and develop plans for incorporating DER, to assess areas of the system where different types of DER can provide the most value, or where their integration may pose challenges for the grid. The bill would also ask state and federal regulators to proactively consider new alternatives to costly infrastructure upgrades, like new substations and transmission lines, in the planning of the electric grid. While the cost of producing electricity has declined dramatically over the last few years, the cost of delivering that power has steadily increased, keeping consumer bills high. Known as non-wires alternatives, these new solutions are often a combination of DER such as energy storage, solar and demand response, which can more cost effectively meet grid needs while limiting the construction of new physical infrastructure.
With the grid changing rapidly it is also time to consider new models for utility regulation. While utilities are already accustomed to implementing policy goals, economic incentives under the current regulatory model have relied too heavily on the need for utilities to expend capital to make money. With more demands increasingly being placed on utilities, from environmental goals to energy efficiency and to incorporating a range of customer-driven technologies, the Next Generation GRID Act would encourage state regulators to consider the use of performance-based incentives to better align economic incentives for utilities with policy goals.
► Article Source ◄
► PDF file Source ◄
FAIR USE NOTICE:
This website may reproduce or have links to copyrighted material the use of which has not been expressly authorized by the copyright owner. We make such material available, without profit, as part of our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, economic, scientific, and related issues. It is our understanding that this constitutes a "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided by law. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes that go beyond "fair use," you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
One just south of Waterville on the right hand side heading north, one in Freeport, also on the right hand side headed north.
Penny Gray -- Where, along side of I-95 ?
The solar "farms" that fill old farm fields alongside of I-95 have been covered with snow and ice for the past two weeks. I don't think any of the promoters realize that no energy is produced when the panels are covered over, but I'm wondering if that really matters. Perhaps they are just icons, like the wind turbines. Symbols of what we should be doing, even if it doesn't work.
Please read "The Untold Story of Record Hill Wind":
Angus King's Record Hill:
Part I - http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-untold-story-of-record
Part II - http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-untold-story-of-rec...
I propose the SCAM act, just to repel King Angus and his ilk.
Stop Carpetbaggers Around Maine (SCAM) act
"the Next Generation GRID Act would encourage state regulators to consider the use of performance-based incentives to better align economic incentives for utilities with policy goals."
DEJA-VUE The ARRA GRANTS TO MAINE
"Maine has substantial natural resources, including wind, biomass, and hydroelectric power. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is making a meaningful down payment on the nation’s energy and environmental future. The Recovery Act investments in Maine are supporting a broad range of clean energy projects, from energy efficiency and the smart grid to solar and wind. Through these investments, Maine’s businesses, universities, non‐profits, and local government are creating quality jobs today and positioning Maine to play an important role in the new energy economy of the future."
The Public Utilities Commission has received $27.3 million to invest in state‐level energy efficiency and renewable energy priorities.
Central Maine Power Company was awarded $95.9 million through the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program to install a smart meter network for all its residential, commercial and industrial customers approximately 650,000 meters.
Maine received six 1603 payments for renewable energy generation totaling $40.6 million, which include solar projects and wind facilities. For example Evergreen Wind Power received $40.4 million for a wind facility.
Verso Paper Corporation was awarded $9.4 million to deploy industrial energy efficiency technologies that will recover waste energy from industrial facilities. The project involves 12 subprojects at Verso paper mills located in Jay and Bucksport, Maine and Sartell, Minnesota.
The University of Maine received $7.1 million to design and deploy three floating offshore turbine prototypes in Orono to research wind power.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission in Augusta received $321,000 for Enhancing State and Local Governments’ Energy Assurance to expand state and local energy assurance planning and resiliency efforts and to build in-house state and local government energy assurance expertise.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission in Augusta received $784,000 for State Assistance on Electricity Policies to assist in addressing its Recovery Act electricity workload by hiring staff trained to facilitate the review of time‐sensitive requests approving electric utility expenditures.
© 2023 Created by Webmaster. Powered by
You need to be a member of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine to add comments!
Join Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine