Among the "...vastly different circumstances" that Russell Ray mentions in his opinion piece in the January 2018 edition of Power Engineering are dozens of existing qualifying facilities (QFs) that have not been advantaged by state renewable energy policies

This is a professional position with the primary duties and responsibilities covering the administration, analysis, development and oversight of internal programs and processes to ensure compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) Reliability Standards, and Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) electric system operations standards, policies and procedures. This position will also provide technical assistance and support to Rochester Public Utilities' (RPU) Subject Matter Experts in the development of their compliance processes and procedures.

The Northern Prairie region of the U.S. has an abundance of wind and wide-open spaces that could be used to develop large, wind-powered generation resources. While the Southern Prairie has developed such resources and continues to expand them in massive scale, the Northern Prairie has not.
Energy Storage

The United States electric energy sector that includes utilities, independent power producers, public power authorities, renewable developers etc. has been traditionally considered a relatively safe and defensive investment due to its potential for providing a steady stream of dividend income.