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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]

Four Things California Should Consider before Rolling Out Time-of-Use Pricing

September 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Time-of-Use Pricing

This summer the California Public Utilities Commission ordered changes in how Californians pay for electricity. Customers of the big three investor-owned utilities will be switching residential customers to the same pricing plan used by commercial and industrial customers: time-of-use electricity pricing.[read more]

Electric Generator Capacity Factors Vary Widely Across the World

September 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Electric Generation Variance

The tech used to generate electricity are similar across regions of the world, but the pattern of use for those generating technologies can be significantly different. Analysis of electric generating plant utilization over a five-year period shows a wide range of variability among fuel types and across world regions.[read more]

The Good and Bad of Low Commodity and Oil Prices for Renewable Microgrids

September 4, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Oil Prices, Microgrids, and Commodities

In general, renewable energy companies have been affected by recent turmoil as the market seems to believe that lower oil prices will either indirectly lead to lower power prices or at least signal that power prices may come under pressure from some of the same factors impacting oil.[read more]


Interoperability and Distributed Intelligence: OMNETRIC Group's Project with U.S. Energy Department's NREL

August 31, 2015 by Wade Malcolm

Grid Development and Energy Partnerships

To better operate an increasingly complex and crowded grid, greater interoperability across disparate devices and systems is needed. For greater responsiveness, more decisions need to be made at the edge, which is only possible if there is more intelligence in the distribution network.[read more]

Real Energy and Cost Savings. Right Now. Here, in Texas

August 28, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and Energy Savings

We are nearing the end of another successful season of EDF Climate Corps, the 8-year-old program run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that “embeds” grad students inside companies to find ways to save energy and money and lower carbon emissions.[read more]

Smart Utility Rates Could Slash Grid Investment Costs and Monthly Bills

August 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Utilities and Customer Bills

Homeowners could save up to 40 percent on their electricity bills and utilities could slash billions of costs every year in grid upgrades if demand-flexible rate plans were widely available, according to a new study from Rocky Mountain Institute.[read more]

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

August 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Utilities and Delivering Value

As with any investor-owned company, managers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are obligated to maximize shareholder value. So it pays when regulators can find ways to align shareholder value creation with the public interest. Enter performance-based regulation.[read more]

The Decline of Sloppy Electricity Rate Making

August 25, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Sloppy Electricity Rates

Back in the “good old days” most customers had no choice about how to buy electricity and a regulator’s life was pretty easy. The utility needed sufficient revenue to cover its costs, but the regulator approving rates was mostly just deciding whose ox to gore.[read more]

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