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

A version of this article was originally published on January 27, 2016 on Greentech Media.By Sonia AggarwalElectricity from competitive wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans, but pressure is...

Posted February 3, 2016    

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

By Eric GimonWith 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 U.S. power sector emissions and energy trends shaping the next decade.   ...

Posted January 6, 2016    

Trending Topics: Performance Management Ideas for Public Power

A version of this article was originally published on December 1, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Michael O’Boyle and Sonia AggarwalMarket forces are precipitously changing the role of utilities. Private companies are offering customers more choices...

Posted December 10, 2015    

Trending Topics: The Future of Demand Response

A version of this article was originally published on October 23, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Eric Gimon and Michael O'BoyleOne year ago, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decided to vacate FERC Order 745, holding that demand response could not be...

Posted October 28, 2015    

Skin in the Game: New Case Studies Illuminate Best Practices for DER Ownership and Operation

By Michael O'BoyleThis month the experts of America’s Power Plan released a new resource for policymakers and electric utility stakeholders as a part of our work under the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) 51st State Challenge.  The new...

Posted September 23, 2015    

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

By Sonia Aggarwal, Steve Kihm, and Ron LehrUtility managers pay attention to Wall Street, and often more can be learned about utilities’ top priorities by listening to shareholder earnings calls than regulatory proceedings. This is natural; as with...

Posted August 26, 2015    

Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

A version of this article was originally published on July 23, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Michael O’Boyle and the experts of America’s Power PlanThe electricity system in the Western Interconnection is in the midst of unprecedented change....

Posted July 28, 2015    

Are Policymakers Driving Blind with Yesterday's Energy Cost Numbers?

A version of this article was originally published on June 1, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Eric Gimon and Sonia AggarwalOne of the most striking features of today’s modern energy economy is the pace and scale at which new technologies are...

Posted June 2, 2015    

Do Pay-For-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Outcomes We Need?

A version of this article was originally published on April 28, 2015 on Greentech Media.By Mike Hogan, Michael O'Boyle, and Sonia AggarwalCompetitive wholesale power markets are meant to sustain needed investment based on market participants hedging...

Posted April 30, 2015    

Efficiency: Can We Accept Less Stringent Oversight if it Means Better Outcomes?

by Eric Gimon, Robbie Orvis, Sonia Aggarwal, and the experts of America’s Power PlanLet’s talk energy efficiency, particularly state energy efficiency programs. It’s big business; $6.3 billion was budgeted for ratepayer-funded, utility-...

Posted February 26, 2015    

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

By Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and the Experts of America's Power PlanAsk a distribution grid engineer in Germany or Hawaii how work is going these days, and you’re in for an earful. And policymakers would be smart to listen—while discussions of...

Posted January 22, 2015    

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

 By Michael O’Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, Eric Gimon, and the experts of America’s Power PlanIn recent statements, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the Midwest...

Posted December 17, 2014