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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Locally generated renewable energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for islands, specifically, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Marshall Islands, according to research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State energy plan is coming under more fire for not going far enough when it comes to renewables and climate change. Environmental activists claim that the Governor's call for 50 percent of the state's electricity to be met by renewables by 2030 is a step in the right reduction -- but falls far short of needed action.
A meeting between President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff turned into a big day for energy, as the presidents announced an initiative that numerous organizations have been hoping for for years -- a renewable standard (for non-hydro renewables) of 20 percent by 2030.
Another utility is accusing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) of unfairly adjusting prices, causing their required auction to go up by 40 times. Ameren Illinois is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) -- who regulates MISO -- to explain to their customers why prices will be surging this year.
The United States Senate is working to create a new national energy policy, but is taking a unique tactic of seeking input from the nation's governors to help form that policy.
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Utilities should take notice of direct current (DC) distribution networks, especially as they relate to data centers and commercial buildings. The market encompasses several disparate opportunities-- telecommunications towers, data centers, grid-tied commercial buildings, and off-grid military networks-- that, overall, utilities are not taking advantage of, but others are.
SCE says its Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) is "the next step in a proceeding the commission initiated last August to move toward full integration of Distributed Energy Resources (such as rooftop solar, storage, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency and demand response) in operations, investment and distribution system planning."