Last week Arizona regulators voted to extend a ban on new-build gas plants in the state through August 1 of this year. The ban applies to all new gas capacity of 150 megawatts or more.

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted in March of last year to put a stop on any new gas plant approvals, while it considered a plan from Commissioner Andy Tobin that calls for 80 percent clean energy by mid-century. Though the original gas moratorium expired January 1, Tobin argued in a November letter to the commission chair that the moratorium should be extended because

Irish grid-balancing prices soared to €3,774 ($4,284) per megawatt-hour last month amid growing concerns over dispatchable power capacity across Europe.

The price spike, triggered by an alert regarding generation losses, came only four months after Ireland and Northern Ireland launched an Integrated Single Electricity Market (ISEM) designed to make trading more competitive and improve power distribution across the island.

Evie Doherty, senior consultant for Ireland at Cornwall Insight, a U.K.-based energy consultancy, said significant price volatility was to be expected while ISEM is still settling down.

When the U.K. introduced a single market for Great Britain, called British Electricity Trading and Transmission Arrangements, in 2005, it took

Important policy guidance was issued late last year that could impact the country’s investor-owned utilities, and it largely flew under the radar.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the organizing and policy setting association for the country’s public utility commissions, issued a resolution document that sets the stage for what represents prudent assessment of energy storage and flexible resources.

In the resolution, NARUC weighed in on the unique attributes of energy storage, stating that it represents a “fundamentally a different class of resource.” Accordingly, NARUC argued, utilities should develop “new modeling tools and new planning frameworks that allow for a more complete evaluation

Vistra Energy, a retail power provider to 2.9 million customers, announced this week it intends to purchase Crius Energy Trust. DNV GL confirmed to Greentech Media that the acquisition makes Vistra the largest residential retail electric power provider in the U.S. based on number of customers. 

A company most recently in the news for its involvement in the record-setting Moss Landing project, Vistra purchased Crius for about $328 million and will assume $108 million of that company’s net debt. Crius, a multi-level energy seller that provides electricity including solar power through a number of brands, has about 1 million customers.  

In announcing the deal,

This week on Watt It Takes: How David Crane worked his way up in the power business to become CEO of NRG Energy — only to get tossed out of the job for his bold stance on climate.

In this episode, Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch talks with Crane about taking risks in the conservative power industry. 

We’re going to hear from Crane about his early career, why being a CEO is so lonely, how his open exit letter to NRG employees went viral, and the best investment he ever made.

Watt It Takes is a collaboration between Powerhouse and Greentech Media.

A German commission last month said the country, one of Europe’s lingering bastions of coal generation, should phase out the fuel source by 2038. 

"This is an historic accomplishment," Ronald Pofalla, chairman of the 28-member government commission, said at a news conference after the negotiations concluded. "It was anything but a sure thing. But we did it."

But the work isn't done yet. According to Gregor Kessler of Greenpeace Germany, there’s still a lot to do.

"The first thing to bear in mind is that the commission’s report is still only a recommendation at this stage. However, it’s one that was specifically commissioned by

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