Electricity Grid

EPSA: Great for Demand Response and Nothing for States to Fear

February 7, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Demand Response

There were many cheers over last week's Supreme Court decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) because of its positive effect on energy prices, reliability and the fight against climate change.[read more]

Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

February 5, 2016 by Dennis Wamsted
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Green Corporate Efforts and Utility Response

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own.[read more]

The Future of RPS Policies

February 5, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Future RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies.[read more]

Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

February 5, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Rural Electrification

More than 300 million people in India have no access to grid electricity, and the problem is especially acute in rural communities, which can be difficult and expensive to reach with grid power. But researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to such communities using microgrids.[read more]

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

February 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan Impacts

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits.[read more]

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FERC vs. EPSA Ruling: A Win for Demand Response and Energy Storage

February 4, 2016 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Demand Response Ruling

Demand Response and Energy Storage companies will benefit enormously from the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to regulate demand response programs in wholesale markets.[read more]

Trending Topics: Four Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of the Wholesale Power Market

February 3, 2016 by America's Power Plan

Whole Power Markets in 2016

Electricity from competitive wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans, but things may be about to change. 2016 will be a turning point for policymakers, clean energy providers, and wholesale market operators to modernize America’s regulated wholesale power markets.[read more]

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Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid

January 28, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Energy Savings and Grid Reliance

Clean energy is now more of a reality than ever before and there are so many options out there for people looking to go green. So, we thought we’d create some great green alternative energy tips for you to use to make your home a more eco-friendly one.[read more]

Feds Award Cost Sharing Grants for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

January 19, 2016 by Dan Yurman
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Nuclear abstract The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded two $6 million cost sharing grants as the first installments of what could be, over time, up to $80 million in funding for design work on advanced nuclear reactors.[read more]

Assembling Reliable off Grid Power System for Emergency Preparedness

January 19, 2016 by Rod Adams

Many advocates of unreliable power sources like wind and solar blithely toss out the concept of “storage” as the panacea that makes their favored energy sources viable competitors in the potentially lucrative business of supplying on demand power.[read more]

DOE Announces Grid Modernization R&D Projects, Partners, and Funding

January 19, 2016 by Benjamin Burger

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will fund up to $220 million of R&D projects to modernize America’s aging power grid infrastructure over the next three years. Accompanying this, DOE released its ¨Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan¨ (MYPP), a strategic blueprint that informs and guides a national R&D agenda involving a consortium of DOE National Laboratories.[read more]

Solar Customers Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against NV Energy

January 19, 2016 by Martin LaMonica
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Solar customers in Nevada are taking legal action against NV Energy in response to controversial changes to the state's net metering program.[read more]

Economics of Batteries for Stabilizing and Storage on Distribution Grids

January 15, 2016 by Willem Post
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In the future, there will be much less consumption of energy from fossil fuels, and increasing annual percentages of PV solar energy on distribution grids. Those percentages may become as high as 33% of ALL energy. Any rational planning and design of energy systems, and the systems of the users, should be based on the world's fossil fuel bank account being depleted in not too distant future. Technologies are evolving to enable more generation closer to the user. Future buildings must be much more energy efficient regarding heating, cooling and electricity. Buildings must be at least “net-zero-energy”, but “energy surplus” would be better to offset building energy requirements, and to power electric heat pumps and charge electric cars. That means the role of the distribution grid would increase, and of the high voltage grid would decrease, but not eliminated.[read more]

Trending Topics: After Paris, The State of America's Electricity Sector Emissions

January 6, 2016 by America's Power Plan
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Electricity Sector Emissions

With the Paris talks just ending and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it is a useful time to review the current status of the United States power sector emissions and energy trends that will be shaping the next decade.[read more]

ARPA-E Funds the Next Wave of Grid-Distributed Energy Integration

January 6, 2016 by Jeff St. John
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ARPA-E and Energy Integration

Over the past year, the Department of Energy has been putting an increased focus on technology to integrate renewable energy into everyday grid operations. This work has included opening loan guarantees to distributed renewables, and grants to support field tests of distributed energy integration.[read more]