State Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Pennsylvania Continues Moving toward Smarter, Cleaner Electric Grid

December 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Pennsylvania Energy Policy

PECO Energy Company, a leading Pennsylvania utility, had requested a significant distribution rate increase – meaning higher bills for its approximately 1.6 million electric customers. But, the Pennsylvania PUC quietly gave the gift of more affordable electricity to millions of Pennsylvanians.[read more]

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Should Home Solar Leave Behind Net Metering

December 3, 2015 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Solar and Net Metering

The Hawaii PUC has substantially restricted the state’s net metering program. As other net metering policies across the country come under fire from utilities, could the best path forward be to eliminate net metering in favor of giving distributed solar owners direct access to wholesale energy markets?[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 Vehicles: CPUC Says California Utilities Can Own Charging Infrastructure

January 12, 2015 by Chris King

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ownership

The shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward in California among consumers, and regulators are weighing in. Just before Christmas, the California PUC overturned previous policy and issued a new decision allowing the state's utilities to participate in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

The Smart Grid – More Than Grid Modernization, It’s Grid Transformation

January 15, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

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The Smart Grid is all about grid modernization and transformation. When we modernize the grid, we update technologies, but leave in place existing energy sources, existing business models, and existing policies. When we transform the grid, we exchange old energy sources for new ones, reinvent business models, and revise policies to...[read more]

Are Smart Meters Hazardous To Your Health?

July 13, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

We all need energy to survive. That’s just the facts in our modern society. The problem is that producing energy is a dirty business, and actually burning it’s even worse. Since we can’t give up on fossil fuels all at once (although we do have the capacity to produce plenty of clean, affordable energy without them) conservation is often...[read more]

Policy Decisions Make Things Happen for the Smart Grid

June 4, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

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There are three types of people in the world, the saying goes. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.   When it comes to the Smart Grid, this observation applies to businesses and governmental entities too.  States like California are making things happen through...[read more]

Cracks in wall for California’s ban on nuclear energy

October 28, 2010 by Dan Yurman

The potential for nuclear energy is not lost on some of the state’s political and business leaders For the past three decades the State of California has banned the development of new nuclear reactors inside its borders. Green groups led by the Sierra Club have pulverized any effort to over turn the ban like Viking warriors taking a...[read more]