In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018 – so far. With 2018 behind us, we check in again on the top public utility commission (PUC) actions and trends of the past year.

Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables continuing their downward price trajectory, to approvals for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to exploration of utility business model reforms and non-wires alternatives, to traditional distribution investments. Here is the full round-up of the top 10 matters before PUCs in 2018.

1. Renewable energy is winning on price

In 2018, the trend

Florida Power and Light (FPL) said Wednesday it will install 30 million solar panels by 2030, achieving "the largest installation of solar panels by a regulated utility in the world."

The “30-by-30” goal would entail a major escalation of the regulated utility’s solar capacity. It has developed roughly 1,000 megawatts over the last few years. The utility’s deregulated sister company, NextEra Energy Resources, has already proven itself a global leader in renewables development.

The commitment provides another data point in the national trend of regulated utilities embracing solar power at scale, said Colin Smith, a senior analyst tracking utility-scale solar at Wood Mackenzie Power &

For years, polls have shown that conservatives of all stripes love renewable energy. 

The national political narrative still tends to divide parties on the issue, but they're mostly in lock step with each other locally. Clean energy is a winning issue.

This week on The Interchange, we profile Bob Steinburg, a Republican North Carolina state senator who won a heated primary campaign last year after getting attacked for his stance on clean energy. Senator Steinburg believes his embrace of renewables helped him with conservative voters.

"I think the numbers show now if you are a Republican and you are dishing renewable energy,

Florida Power & Light said Wednesday it will install 30 million solar panels by 2030, achieving "the largest installation of solar panels by a regulated utility in the world."

The “30 by 30” goal would entail a major escalation of the regulated utility’s solar capacity. It has developed roughly 1,000 megawatts over the last few years. The utility’s deregulated sister company, NextEra Energy Resources, has already proven itself a global leader in renewables development.

The commitment provides another data point in the national trend of regulated utilities embracing solar power at scale, said Colin Smith, a senior analyst tracking utility-scale solar at Wood Mackenzie

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent employees a bad-news email on Friday, announcing a staff cut of “approximately 7 percent.”

The layoff follows a 9 percent cut last June, amid a broader restructuring effort.

The latest reorganization news was buried in an email in which Musk discussed the “voraciously competitive” industry where Tesla is working to stay afloat. Musk said that in addition to the 7 percent cut in full-time staff, only the “most critical temps and contractors” would stay on.

Tesla turned a profit in the third quarter of 2018, and Musk’s email suggested the company should

Which grid edge trends will continue into 2019, and what kind of disruption is on the horizon in the coming year?

From advanced metering infrastructure endpoints to electric vehicle chargers; grid edge venture capital investments to demand response events, hundreds data points go into tracking new trends at the edge of the grid.

Trends across these variables tell a story of transition, but perhaps not yet transformation. Customers hold more power than ever before in 2019, with utilities and vendors innovating to take advantage of new opportunities behind the meter. Meanwhile, external factors can always throw things off course, and reliability is top of mind in

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