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Trending Topics in Electricity Today: New Opportunities for Utilities

New energy technologies that give customers more control over their energy production and use have come down in cost quickly and substantially, causing customers to question their relationship with the hometown utility.  Many utilities have...

Posted November 18, 2014    

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: The Value of Demand Response

By Michael O’Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, and the experts of America’s Power PlanAfter the D.C. Circuit Court’s invalidation of FERC Order 745, how can we pay for demand response?“Demand response” happens when electricity customers change consumption...

Posted October 27, 2014    

Energy Experts Unplugged, Volume 10

This post was originally featured on the America’s Power Plan blog. To view more Q&As, go to APP’s “Ask the Experts” page, or check out APP’s monthly newsletters, which include previous Q&As and much more.By Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and...

Posted August 25, 2014    

Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 9

This is the next edition in a monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’re hearing from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers. Click here to see the answers from...

Posted August 1, 2014    

Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 7

This is the next edition in a monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’re hearing from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers. Click here to see the answers from...

Posted May 21, 2014    

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

By Bentham PaulosWind power is booming in Texas, the number-one state for wind. That’s thanks to great wind resources, an early policy commitment by then-Governor George W. Bush, and a deregulated market that creates few barriers to new power...

Posted April 10, 2014    

Hawaii: A Postcard from the Future of Energy

By Bentham Paulos From an energy perspective, Hawaii is unique. Located in the middle of the Pacific, the Aloha State runs on imported oil. But its island environment—from sunny days to active volcanoes—also holds the keys to a future powered...

Posted February 25, 2014    

Horror Story or Happy Ending? Embracing Change in the Power Sector

by Sonia AggarwalFor fans of wonky energy reports, Disruptive Challenges is the runaway blockbuster of 2013.  It's author, Peter Kind crafted a utility horror story worthy of Steven King, describing a death spiral caused by the seemingly...

Posted December 12, 2013    

How to Build a Clean Energy Grid

By John Jimison, Bill White, and Ben PaulosAmerica’s electric transmission grid is rarely thought of, and taken for granted until something goes wrong.  Yet the largely unseen network of wires is critical to our economy, to the future of...

Posted December 5, 2013    

122% Wind Power?: A Postcard from the Future of Energy

Renewable electricity records are falling every day. In early October, Germany recently hit a 59 percent renewable peak, Colorado utility Xcel Energy peaked at 60 percent wind at the beginning of the year, and Spain got...

Posted November 14, 2013    

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

By Bentham Paulos, Project Manager, America’s Power PlanIn a recent posting, John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance lays out three clear drivers for why Germans are going renewable at all costs.  He lauds their...

Posted November 4, 2013    

An Action Plan for Distributed Generation

By Joe Wiedman, Tom Beach, and Bentham PaulosThe rapid growth of solar power, and the promise of fuel cells, microturbines, battery storage and other distributed technologies, is engendering change and new opportunities in the utility world. Many...

Posted October 16, 2013