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If You Like Your Time-Invariant Electricity Price, You Can Keep It

November 17, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Electricity Pricing and Models

Shouldn’t a 2000-square-foot house in San Francisco cost the same as in Omaha? If you answered yes, then time-varying electricity pricing won’t make much sense to you either. And you are probably puzzled, or outraged, at how much more expensive wrapping paper is on December 15 than on January 1.[read more]

Regional Electricity Markets Needed

November 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Plans to create and expand regional electricity markets in the West -- which would allow more electricity sales across state borders -- have been criticized by some as a threat to California's ability to reduce climate-warming carbon pollution from power generation. Nothing could be further from the truth.[read more]

New York Prepares for Millions of Smart Meters Under REV

November 4, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Meters and Energy Reform

Regulators in New York recently released guidance for the state’s electric utilities’ distributed system implementation plans, which are due next June. One of the items that utilities will have to address is the need for advanced metering infrastructure to meet the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.[read more]

Trending Topics: The Future of Demand Response

October 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Demand Response and Change

One year ago, an appeals court decided to vacate FERC Order 745, holding that demand response can't be traded in wholesale energy markets. Now that the Supreme Court has held oral arguments in the appeal of the case and a final resolution is imminent, we contemplate how DR will fare and evolve.[read more]

The Future of Energy Storage is BYOB

October 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Batteries and Energy Storage

Before the U.S. electric grid became centralized under utilities and independent system operators, it consisted of unorganized and unconnected generators. As distributed energy resources find their way into (and onto) more homes and businesses, it’s clear the grid’s future has a lot in common with its roots.[read more]

Who Will Lead the Clean Energy Future?

October 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy and Future Leadership

At the heart of every major transformation are the people carving the new path forward. The same goes for the transition currently occurring in our electricity system, which is moving away from traditional monopoly utilities relying on coal, to a world with distributed energy generation.[read more]

A Stealth Tool to Modernize the Electric Grid

October 6, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Infrastructure Tools

Electricity regulators, clean energy innovators, and rappers have all lamented poor communication. And some have pushed for cleaner, cheaper, more reliable solutions for meeting our energy needs. This is particularly so with the much anticipated emergence of flexible DR.[read more]


80-Year Old Law Determines Whether Demand Response Can Bid in to Wholesale Electricity Markets

October 5, 2015 by Ari Peskoe

Demand response is an important tool for creating a flexible power grid. But the fate of a key financing and deployment mechanism for DR is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. This article explains the legal debate and concludes that the court's decision could have implications for other energy technologies.[read more]


Rural Electrification in Rwanda: Technical and Policy Challenges

October 1, 2015 by Vivian Li

Rwanda Energy Poverty and Access

Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to moving past the tragedy that befell them in the early 1990’s. Today, the country is ambitiously running forward with its development goals, including energy access.[read more]

Why the U.S. Urgently Needs to Invest in a Modern Energy System

September 25, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

The U.S. power grid is one of the most advanced energy systems globally, but its growth has been an evolving patchwork of disparate systems, functions, and components. Because of years of inadequate investment, the electric grid is now aging, outmoded, and unreliable.[read more]

Skin in the Game: New Case Studies Illuminate Best Practices for DER Ownership and Operation

September 23, 2015 by America's Power Plan

DER Management

A new report from America's Power Plan investigates the question, "who should own and operate distributed energy resources?" It turns out there there are many options for who can own and operate DERs—and any of them can work, as long as the revenue streams are designed or adjusted appropriately.[read more]

Rethinking ESS Certification: Is There a Better Way?

September 21, 2015 by James Greenberger

A binary, pass-fail system of certification for ESS systems threatens a dangerous disconnect between public interest and private industry. While minimum safety standards are necessary, real progress in ESS safety will come only when safety becomes an inseparable part of the economics of energy storage.[read more]

Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

September 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Texas and Resource Decisions and Policy

Over the course of this summer, the Republic of Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid-scale aggregation of rooftop customer-sited generators.[read more]

Landmark Climate Law Directs Electric Utilities to Displace Oil Companies

September 14, 2015 by Max Baumhefner

Climate Law and California

Within 15 years, California will generate at least half of its electricity from renewable resources and double savings from energy efficiency gains, two milestones included in Senate Bill (SB) 350. News coverage of this bill prior to its passage overlooked these monumental targets.[read more]

Can Utilities Get Smarter with Smart Meters?

September 10, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utilities and Smart Meters

In this day and age where information is always at our fingertips and we are constantly connected, the lack of customer engagement in the electric utility industry - on which all our smart electronic devices depend - is absolutely mind-blowing.[read more]

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