PPL, Xcel and Southern California Edison are the three finalists in the investor owned utility division.
The group participating in the initiative launch Thursday included Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light.
Salt River Project earned its 17th straight top rating in the West Large Utility category, while MidAmerican Energy and Georgia Power were also repeat honorees for their regions. Baltimore Gas & Electric took the top spot in the East Large category, ending PPL Electric Utilities’ six-year run atop the rankings.
The ISO estimates the EIM has produced multiple cost benefits since launching in November 2014.
The Mustang Two solar project in Kings County is expected to begin operations in 2019.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), the 2016 U.S. electricity markets included 81 gigawatts of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in approximately 4,300 industrial and commercial facilities.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will purchase the remaining 60 MW of power from the 200 MW development in Fresno County, California.
D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC bought an 11 MW solar energy project in California from First Solar.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) awarded EthosEnergy two operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts and renewed an additional two contracts, totaling $116 million.
SMUD said cost and financial risks led the utility to cancel the project, which was to be sited along the Upper American River Project at Slab Creek Reservoir in El Dorado County.