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Washington State Commits to Supporting a Growing EV Market

August 3, 2015 by Nick Nigro

EVs, States, and Business Models

The power and transportation sectors are the top two sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. So, for a state like Washington, that already relies on low-emission power and energy, transportation is the key opportunity to reduce emissions.[read more]

Back to Business: GE Sells Real Estate, Dismantles GE Capital

April 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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GE Business Change

General Electric is selling off its real estate assets and much of GE Capital to focus on its industrial businesses, including energy, healthcare and aviation. By 2018, its core industrial offering will make up 90 percent of the business, up from 57 percent in 2014.[read more]

Why Today's Grid Storage Business Models Are Subject to Change

April 14, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Grid Storage and Future Planning

Controlling and optimizing grid-tied and behind-the-meter batteries is already a complicated business. But it’s going to get a lot more complicated in the years to come, both for utility-facing storage integrators, and for customer-facing behind-the-meter storage providers.[read more]

Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities' Business Model?

April 13, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Utility Disruption

Decreased demand should dictate a contraction in the generation sector, but the situation is made more complex by seasonal fluctuations and changing demographics. Warmer summers and a population shift to states in the south and west run counter to the general trend with increasing peak seasonal load.[read more]

Death of the PPA: Is it Time for a New Business Model for Renewable Microgrids?

April 1, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Microgrid Business Models

Supporting the growth of renewable energy through implicit or explicit subsidies has made sense in order to allow the sector to achieve critical mass and for technologies to mature. However, the cost of this support has been paid by power consumers and taxpayers.[read more]

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Valuing Solar Energy: Two Models to Use

December 15, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Energy Valuation

“A strong VOS approach,” ICF’s Steve Fine and colleagues concluded, “in which the real costs and benefits to the system are accurately valued, is not only a useful tool for integrating increasing amounts of SPV onto the grid, but will be critical for stakeholders to make planning and risk management decisions.”[read more]

Converting Global Warming to Global Energy

November 5, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Turning Warming into Energy

As a business model, the legitimate conversion of a liability into income is the most successful of all the many possible outcomes. And when that liability is perhaps the greatest one that the world currently faces the opportunity is equally as colossal.[read more]

Australian Solar Energy Businesses Restructuring for Survival

September 13, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Notwithstanding the farcical goings on around the RET review, solar businesses in Australia continue to move and shake. Its seems the last few months have been all about mergers and acquisitions which is either a sign of industry maturity or desperation, depending on your perspective.[read more]

Utility 2.0: New York Electricity Market Should Allow Third Parties to Compete

September 11, 2014 by John Finnigan

New York Electric Grid Development

The New York Public Service Commission has embarked on the landmark Reforming Energy Vision proceeding to design a new business model for electric utilities. Today’s business model allows utilities to earn revenues based on how much money they spend to supply and deliver electricity.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY's New Business Model Should Properly Value the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

August 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Utility Future

As we’ve mentioned before, New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and ‘smart’ electric grid.[read more]

This Graphic Illustrates the Energy Efficiency Problem Created By Split Incentives

August 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Split Incentives

When someone else is paying, doesn't it make you want to consume more? Perhaps you order that fancy dessert when your friend takes you out to dinner. It's easy to keep consuming when you don't have to pay the full cost. And that's exactly what people who don't have to pay their utility bills do as well.[read more]

Not Your Grandpa's Utility Business Model

August 4, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Changing Utility Models

 

Although it’s been a while since the term “utility death spiral” has been trotted out in the media, there’s no doubt that utilities are under pressure to modernize and innovate their business models. This week we saw several significant moves from utilities that may move us toward to a 21st Century electricity system.[read more]

Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their Assets

August 2, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado filed a case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010. But there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications.[read more]

Utility Industry: We Need to Promote Electric Vehicles in Order to 'Remain Viable'

August 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utilities and Electric Vehicles

The Edison Electric Institute, the power industry's main trade group, is calling on utilities to better promote electric cars in order to stimulate demand for electricity and help reverse trends that threaten the long-term viability of some in the industry.[read more]

SolarCity Quietly Moving to Loans and Customer-Owned Solar

July 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Solar Business Change

Officially, SolarCity, Sunrun and Vivint do not offer loans for the residential photovoltaic systems that they help finance and install. Unofficially, it's another story. These market-leading firms make their money with residential solar leases and power-purchase agreements. And business is pretty good.[read more]