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

By Sonia Aggarwal, Steve Kihm, and Ron LehrUtility managers pay attention to Wall Street, and often more can be learned about utilities’ top priorities by listening to shareholder earnings calls than regulatory proceedings. This is natural; as with...

Posted August 26, 2015    

Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

A version of this article was originally published on July 23, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Michael O’Boyle and the experts of America’s Power PlanThe electricity system in the Western Interconnection is in the midst of unprecedented change....

Posted July 28, 2015    

Are Policymakers Driving Blind with Yesterday's Energy Cost Numbers?

A version of this article was originally published on June 1, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Eric Gimon and Sonia AggarwalOne of the most striking features of today’s modern energy economy is the pace and scale at which new technologies are...

Posted June 2, 2015    

Do Pay-For-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Outcomes We Need?

A version of this article was originally published on April 28, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Mike Hogan, Michael O'Boyle, and Sonia AggarwalCompetitive wholesale power markets are meant to sustain needed investment based on market participants hedging...

Posted April 30, 2015    

Efficiency: Can We Accept Less Stringent Oversight if it Means Better Outcomes?

by Eric Gimon, Robbie Orvis, Sonia Aggarwal, and the experts of America’s Power PlanLet’s talk energy efficiency, particularly state energy efficiency programs. It’s big business; $6.3 billion was budgeted for ratepayer-funded, utility-...

Posted February 26, 2015    

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

By Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and the Experts of America's Power PlanAsk a distribution grid engineer in Germany or Hawaii how work is going these days, and you’re in for an earful. And policymakers would be smart to listen—while discussions of...

Posted January 22, 2015    

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

 By Michael O’Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and the experts of America’s Power PlanIn recent statements, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the Midwest...

Posted December 17, 2014    

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: New Opportunities for Utilities

New energy technologies that give customers more control over their energy production and use have come down in cost quickly and substantially, causing customers to question their relationship with the hometown utility.  Many utilities have...

Posted November 18, 2014    

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: The Value of Demand Response

By Michael O’Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, and the experts of America’s Power PlanAfter the D.C. Circuit Court’s invalidation of FERC Order 745, how can we pay for demand response?“Demand response” happens when electricity customers change consumption...

Posted October 27, 2014    

Energy Experts Unplugged, Volume 10

This post was originally featured on the America’s Power Plan blog. To view more Q&As, go to APP’s “Ask the Experts” page, or check out APP’s monthly newsletters, which include previous Q&As and much more.By Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and...

Posted August 25, 2014    

Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 9

This is the next edition in a monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’re hearing from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers. Click here to see the answers from...

Posted August 1, 2014    

Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 7

This is the next edition in a monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’re hearing from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers. Click here to see the answers from...

Posted May 21, 2014