The need to shore up an aging electric infrastructure is shaping the thinking and actions of a new group, the Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience. Its aim is to develop strategies that help energy providers throughout the country deal with extreme weather and climate changes more effectively while building more robust generation and transmission facilities. Feature
Wind capacity in the United States has grown exponentially in the last few decades, in large part because of numerous states adopting a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), but it wasn't easy.Feature
Energy industry leaders who gathered last week in Portland, Oregon for the Association of Energy Services Professionals spring meeting were schooled in speaking the language of energy efficiency -- in more ways than one.Feature
For generations, electric utilities have been content to get paid by customers primarily based on the amount of electricity they use. But recently, the rise of customer-sited distributed generation (typically rooftop solar) and the success of energy-efficiency programs in reducing load growth have led utilities to look for new ways to recover their costs and reduce their risk. Several utilities across the country have proposed new or higher fixed charges of one form or another in order to keep up revenue as consumption falls. However, fixed charges can stymie adoption of distributed generation, distort the market for energy efficiency, and disproportionately affect low-income customers. That has made these charges the subject of controversy. Feature
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