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

August 28, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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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
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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
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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]

White House Announcement Means 'Today Is a Very Big Day for PACE'

August 25, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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White House Policy and PACE

Some barriers to popularizing the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program across the United States were cleared recently with an announcement made by President Obama at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.[read more]

The Energy Gang Chats With Senator Angus King on Distributed Energy: "This Is Where the Future Is Going" [PODCAST]

August 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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If there’s any concept that can cut through politics of distributed energy, it’s “personal energy independence.” Some utilities may not like the idea, but many supporters believe it’s a helpful way to frame policies supporting solar, storage and microgrids, both nationally and locally.[read more]

Managing the Rise of Distributed Energy: Emerging Utility Trends

August 21, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.
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Distributed Energy Management

Much has been written regarding the conventional utility’s “death spiral.” America’s power generation utilities have become increasingly fearful that a significant majority of their customers will generate their own electricity through innovative distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Understanding IRPs: How Utilities Plan for the Future

August 17, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Utility Planning

In order for utilities to plan for meeting future energy demands in the most cost-effective way, many states require through regulation or legislation that utilities to file integrated resource plans (IRPs) with their state public utility commissions (PUCs).[read more]

Renewable Microgrid Value Creation: A Real Estate Development Example

August 14, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Microgrids, Renewables, and Real Estate

An interesting application of renewable microgrids is for enhancing value in real estate developments. There is increasing demand and interest in sustainable buildings, and real estate developers are exploring options on how to meet this demand and create additional value for their clients and themselves.[read more]

More Details Emerge About How New York Regulators Plan to Restructure Utilities

August 3, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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New York and Energy Planning

New York electricity regulators released a white paper on ratemaking and utility business models to be considered as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, which seeks to transform distribution utilities into energy platform providers, encourage distributed generation, and eliminate electricity peaks.[read more]

Stage Set in Cuba for Boom in Renewable Investment; Can U.S. Companies Take Advantage?

July 28, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

A Boom in Cuba?

With the recent announcement that Cuba has been removed from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the door for trade has been cracked open for the first time in many years. The question now is how and when U.S. investment dollars can begin flowing to relieve the island nation’s economic isolation.[read more]

Regional Coordination and Markets: Key to a Renewable Energy Future

July 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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In the Western U.S. a major change in how the electrical system is operated is underway. It is driven by economics, environment, and reliability concerns. This change, from a balkanized, inefficiently operated grid to a coordinated, consolidated grid may just be the key to our renewable energy future.[read more]

How EV Chargers and Energy Storage Can Make Good Grid Partners

July 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Energy Storage and EV Charging

Electric vehicles could be a challenge or a resource, according to utilities plotting ways to turn EV charging stations into smart, grid-responsive resources. But the first steps toward making EV charging an asset may come from the demand charges that penalize utility customers for spikes in their electricity consumption.[read more]

Six Questions to Consider About Microgrids

July 16, 2015 by Jeffrey Karp
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Questions on Microgrids

The traditional electricity distribution model can be viewed as a “macrogrid,” using a centrally located power station to provide electricity to an extensive territory. This model was designed during the early days of electrification with the objective of providing power to as many customers as possible.[read more]

New York Looks to Cement Its Lead as Microgrid Capital of the World

July 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York and Microgrids

The NY Prize community microgrid competition issued a request for proposals in February to grant $100,000 to as many as 30 communities to study the feasibility of microgrids. This week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced 83 winners for the first stage of the competition.[read more]