Utility Regulation

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Understanding IRPs: How Utilities Plan for the Future

August 17, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Planning

In order for utilities to plan for meeting future energy demands in the most cost-effective way, many states require through regulation or legislation that utilities to file integrated resource plans (IRPs) with their state public utility commissions (PUCs).[read more]

New York's 'Reforming the Energy Vision' Just Got a Little Bit Clearer

March 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

Nearly a year ago, the New York Public Service Commission initiated a groundbreaking effort to overhaul the longstanding electric utility business model. In the months since starting, the Commission has sought advice, quietly refining its vision while largely refraining from big pronouncements about the proceeding.[read more]

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Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

December 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

When the New York Public Service Commission opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, it recognized that the way utility companies have been regulated is out of sync with innovations in technology, business realities, and evolving customer needs, including the need to reduce harmful pollution.[read more]

New York's Energy Czar: We Need Clean Energy Markets, Not Programs or Mandates

December 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

In the wake of an election season that pitted climate warriors against coal defenders, progressives on energy policy were disappointed after Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate. But not everyone working on climate and clean energy policy feels a sense of dismay about inaction or partisanship.[read more]


A New Platform to Guide Utility Regulations To Let Solar and Distributed Energy Flourish

November 28, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Utility Regulations and Future Energy Planning

If you could start from a clean slate to regulate electric utilities, how would you begin such a task, and how would you reflect the changing dynamics in the electricity industry, especially with respect to solar energy and distributed generation?[read more]

NY Regulators are Building a More Distributed, Reliable, Transactive Grid

September 26, 2014 by Chris King

New York and the Grid

In the State of New York, a looming power supply shortage is spurring regulatory action to support a smarter, less centralized and more robust power grid. Rhis initiative could revolutionize the utility industry in that state, while solving the supply problem -- in both a functional and business sense.[read more]

The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

August 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.[read more]

How Hard is it to Integrate Renewable Energy into the Electric Grid?

July 3, 2013 by Sean Casten

Renewables and Electric Grid

EEI said that incentives paid to renewable energy will jeopardize grid reliability and electricity costs. Enviros have responded that this represents nothing more than the utility industry’s naked self interest. Who’s right? I’d suggest neither.[read more]

Don’t Buy Our Product

July 20, 2011 by Gernot Wagner

The business of electric utilities is to provide reliable, affordable, and (increasingly) clean electricity—except when it is not. Con Ed recently started a campaign extolling the virtues of saving electrons. Imagine a business that runs ads telling customers not to buy its products. ConEd hasn’t suddenly found religion. It has found...[read more]

Delta Montrose Electric Association Leaves Colorado Rural Electric Association

January 29, 2010 by Tom Konrad

The Delta Montrose Rural Electric Association (DMEA) has long been the most progressive utility (Let alone electric coop) in Colorado. I wrote about their forward thinking promotion of geoexchange / ground source heat pumps in 2007, long before there was any rule requiring any Colorado utility to have a Demand Side Management (DSM)...[read more]

Two views on electric utility restructuring in Pennsylvania

November 27, 2009 by Michael Giberson

From the Central Penn Business Journal, two views on electric utility industry restructuring in Pennsylvania: First from Matt Brouillette: Pennsylvania’s electricity rate caps have kept prices artificially low, preventing competitors from entering the marketplace and consumers from having choices. Now, when rate caps expire in 2010 in...[read more]

California makes efficiency “business as usual”

October 5, 2007 by Joseph Romm

California — already a leader in intelligent utility regulations — is taking aggressive steps to stay the leader. The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) made the following remarkable proposal last month:All new residential construction in California will be zero net energy by 2020All new commercial construction in California...[read more]