Solarize Indiana Files Petition to Transfer PURPA Issue to Indiana Supreme Court

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   March 17, 2021  /   Posted in Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), Uncategorized, Vectren  /   No Comments

On 3/15/2021, Solarize Indiana  filed a Petition to Transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court concerning the issue of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's (IURC) approval of Vectren's PURPA or avoided cost rates for customer-owned generation including rooftop solar.

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Petition to Transfer of Solarize-3-15-21 Accepted

IndianaDG Files Petitions to Intervene in NIPSCO and Duke EDG cases to replace net metering

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   March 10, 2021  /   Posted in Uncategorized  /   No Comments

Indiana Distributed Energy Alliance (IndianaDG) filed petitions to intervene on 3/8/2021 in two cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) as follows:

If you are interested in learning more about these cases to replace net metering with a new Excess Distributed Generation (EDG) tariffs pursuant to SEA 309-2017, please contact us at:

Laura.Arnold@IndianaDG.net or (317) 502-5123

To review the petitions filed by NIPSCO and Duke Energy Indiana as well as NIPSCO's prefiled testimony of Kevin Kirkham please visit

Summary of Indiana EDG cases filed with IURC

 

Duke Energy Indiana (DEI) Issues Request for Information (RFI) on Potential Power Supplies

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   February 08, 2021  /   Posted in Duke Energy, solar, wind  /   No Comments

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Duke Energy seeks information on potential power supplies for its Indiana customers

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Duke Energy is soliciting information on acquiring new, diverse power supplies from commercial providers for its Indiana customers.

“One of our goals is to diversify our Indiana power generation in a moderate and orderly transition,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar. “We’re soliciting the market for all types of power supplies, with a focus on renewable energy sources. This request for information gives developers the opportunity to let us know what may be available or what they would be interested in pursuing.”

Duke Energy is beginning work on its next Indiana integrated resource plan, a road map the company updates every three years to show how it will meet customers’ energy needs using a diverse mix of power generation resources, as well energy efficiency programs. The company’s goal is reliable and increasingly clean electricity while keeping costs for customers as low as possible.

In this request for information, the company is looking for information on:

  • Renewable energy generation – solar, wind, biomass or other commercially viable renewable energy technologies
  • Distributed energy resources – electric generation or storage that is decentralized, modular and grid-connected, typically renewable energy sources
  • Traditional generation – coal, natural gas, petroleum or nuclear energy
  • A combination of any of these alternatives

While the Duke Energy is not asking for formal proposals at this time, the company will use the information from this request for future Indiana integrated resource planning and potential requests for proposals to the marketplace. A megawatt amount is not specified; the integrated resource planning process will determine Duke Energy’s level of Indiana power needs.

Additional information about the request:

  • Should be from resources that are able to deliver to MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator) Zone 6
  • Can include existing generating resources or proposed resources with a commercial operation date no earlier than June 1, 2022, and no later than June 1, 2026
  • Can be in the form of 1) purchase power agreements; 2) projects that are built by a developer and then transferred to Duke Energy; or 3) purchases of existing facilities

More information about the proposal is available at PowerAdvocate, a web-based platform that provides centralization of proposals and communications while maintaining confidentiality among respondents. All questions should be directed through PowerAdvocate.

For those with an existing PowerAdvocate supplier account:

  • Organizations can share their interest in submitting a response for Event # 112355 at INDRFI@duke-energy.com. The email should include the PowerAdvocate supplier account name and contact name as listed under the supplier account. An invitation to the PowerAdvocate event will be forwarded upon receipt of your email.

For those who need to register for a PowerAdvocate supplier account:

  • For respondents who need to create a PowerAdvocate supplier account, please visit PowerAdvocate.com, click on the “Registration” link at the top right-hand corner of the screen, and follow the instructions to complete registration as a supplier for Event # 112355 at INDRFI@duke-energy.com. Please allow at least one business day for your registration to be completed. Once PowerAdvocate has accepted your registration, please share your interest in reviewing the RFI via an email to INDRFI@duke-energy.com. An invitation to the PowerAdvocate event will be forwarded upon receipt of your email.

Respondents must submit their response to PowerAdvocate Event # 112355 on or before 5 p.m. EST on March 22, 2021.

More details can be found HERE: DEI RFI 2-8-2021

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 6,800 MW of owned electric capacity to approximately 850,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. The company’s Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its Commercial Renewables business unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States.

Duke Energy is a Fortune 150 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com.

The Duke Energy News Center serves as a multimedia resource for journalists and features news releases, helpful links, photos and videos. Hosted by Duke Energy, illumination is an online destination for stories about people, innovations, and community and environmental topics. It also offers glimpses into the past and insights into the future of energy.

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Ask Gov and state legislators to extend net metering

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   February 04, 2021  /   Posted in 2021 Indiana General Assembly, Net Metering, solar, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

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 Governor Eric Holcomb govholcomb@gov.in.gov

Ed Soliday

Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso)  h4@iga.in.gov

Chairman of House Utilities Committee

Eric Koch

Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) Senator.Koch@iga.in.gov

Chairman of Senate Utilities Committee

Please join us in sending an email to Governor Eric Holcomb as well as the Chairman of the House Utilities Committee Rep. Ed Soliday and Chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee Sen. Eric Koch.

We write you today as nearly forty businesses that provide solar energy options and lower electric bills for Indiana homeowners, farmers, churches, schools, libraries, municipal and county government entities, as well as business and industrial electric customers—through the use of net metering. While providing Hoosiers with a clean energy choice, we also create good-paying jobs for solar equipment installers, union electricians, and others in the solar manufacturing and distribution process.

Our businesses employ hundreds of people and also buy substantial amounts of goods and services here in Indiana. According to The Solar Foundation, the number of solar-related jobs in Indiana has more than doubled in the past four years, totaling roughly 3,500 in 2019.

The growth of Indiana’s solar industry and the jobs and economic development associated with it over the last few years will be severely impacted when the 2017 law SEA 309 goes into full effect and the opportunity for retail rate net metering ends in 2022.

Without legislative action this Session of the Indiana General Assembly, prospective solar customers will be discouraged from making the investment because utility companies are poised to stop crediting net metering customers at the retail rate for the excess energy they add to the grid. When the 2017 SEA 309 goes into full effect, utility companies will credit such customers at a mere fraction of the retail rate, estimated to be just twenty percent of the credit they receive now, from approximately $.15 per kWh to $.03 per kWh in at least one utility territory (according to testimony filed in the Vectren/Centerpoint petition to replace net metering in Cause No. 45378).

We are united in urging you to extend net metering and increase the current 1.5% cap on capacity, therefore allowing for additional solar installation and adoption. We also ask you to consider hiring an independent firm to conduct a study on the value of solar to guide future energy policy proposals. There are many bills that could serve as a vehicle for extending net metering, including HB 1394 (Cook), SB 249 (Alting) and SB 420 (Yoder) which all have yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

We are pleased to do business in Indiana and seek to continue to expand the economic benefits that the solar industry provides to Hoosier property owners of all types. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our request and our companies in more detail with you.

As it relates to net metering, time is of the essence. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Accutek Solar - Seth Davis, Keith Davis

Ag Technologies - Jim Straeter, Michael Straeter, Eric Straeter

Alternate Source Inc. - Neil Thompson

Bulldog Energy - Kurt Schneider, Nick Melloh, Andy Melloh

Casey Electric LLC - Josh Casebolt

Emergent Solar Energy - Jeremy Lipinski

Green Alternatives, Inc. - Chris Rohaly, Cindy Rohaly, Ryan Heimbach, Lamar Sledge, Britten Rose Werner, Brian Gonzalez

Green Energy Systems, LLC - Peter Baker, Phyllis Baker, Paul Baker

GRNE Solar Indiana - Amy Doty

Inovateus Solar - Nathan Vogel

iWire Energy Solutions - Keith Hanzlik, Ryan Bournique

Jefferson Electric LLC - Joel Walsman

Johnson Melloh Incorporporated - Kurt Schneider, Nick Melloh

Johnson Melloh Solutions - Kurt Schneider, Nick Melloh

MC Simons Inc. - Mark C. Simons

Midwest Wind and Solar - Marc van Dongen, Kevin Moore, Abraham Bayha

Modern Mill Solar - Mark Brough

Morton Solar - Brad Morton

MPI Solar - David Mann, Amie McCarty

National Energy Control - Rick Wooliver, Joe Stevens

Ohio Valley Solar - John Chase, James Linsday

One Planet Solar - Phillip Roberts, Ben Christjansen

Ortman Drilling and Water Services - Rick Ortman

Performance Services Inc. - Nick Allen

Power Electric LLC - Peter Baker, Phyllis Baker

PSG Energy Group - Jennifer Mrzlack

Rectify Solar - Phil Teague

Renewable Energy of Indiana - Ron Rhodes

Renewable Energy Systems-Midwest - Eric Hesher

Solar Energy Solutions, LLC - Matt Partymiller, Steve Ricketts

Solar Energy Systems, LLC - Andrew Staffelbach, Brian Burkholder, Keith Steidley

Solential Energy LLC - Jim Shaw, David Burns, Phil Lehmkuhler

Solscient Energy LLC - Granger Souder, Jr., Matt Longthorne

Stumpner's Building Services, Inc. - Dick Stumpner, Loren Stumpner

Sun Wind Power Inc. - Jeremy Coxon, Patricia Coxon

SunRise Solar - Bill Keith

Telamon Enterprise Ventures - Reggie Henderson

Tick Tock Energy, Inc. - Craig Pals

Whole Sun Designs - Alex Jorck, Ryan Zaricki

The above letter was sent to Governor Holcomb, Chairman Soliday and Chair Koch as well as the members of the House Utilities and Senate Utilities Committee members.

Please share this letter with your own state legislators.

FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR.

Download a copy of the letter HERE:

Solar business letter to Chairman Soliday et al.

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