Blog Series – Part 2: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 2: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Compounding Inequality for Customers This second blog in a series discussing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) examines potential adverse effects on electricity customers. Aside from the debate around whether this NOPR would improve grid resiliency, the proposed pricing rule can fundamentally alter wholesale electricity markets.…

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

The Drive to Completion As we discussed in our previous blog, a common element across any successful grid modernization effort is the careful and deliberate approach to forming teams by identifying “the right people, in the right seats on the bus.” Grid modernization is certainly not a sprint, and is a long journey that requires the right team with a common understanding of the program scope...

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Exiting the Paris Agreement: A Small Piece of Trump’s Larger Dismantling

Exiting the Paris Agreement: A Small Piece of Trump’s Larger Dismantling

The Paris Agreement is intended to bring nations together to address and combat climate change with a goal of keeping global temperature rise this century to well below 2 °C (3.6 °F above pre-industrial levels). In this blog, we discuss what the Administration’s decision to exit from the Paris Agreement means for the energy and utility industries in the United States.…

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Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Prior to the 2016 election season, Donald Trump famously tweeted that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese to gain economic advantage over the US. During the campaign, he promised to undo many of former President Obama’s initiatives like EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule and that he would withdraw the US from the United Nations COP21 Paris Agreement, in which 177 countries pledged to act...

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National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

With a change in administration in Washington, and a Republican in the White House, and the same party controlling Congress, one might expect drastic changes in federal energy policy. However, let’s look at the facts. States are leading the energy debate, by pursuing their own aggressive strategies to promote clean and distributed energy resource use and encouraging policies to support a...

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A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

California is a national leader in progressively addressing the energy and environmental issues of our time. The state is home to nearly half of the country’s solar photovoltaic capacity, half of the nation’s plug-in electric vehicles, and has more energy storage capacity than any other state. A quarter of the state’s retail electricity sales are from renewable energy resources, and this...

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Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

The dust has settled after a great week in Florida at DistribuTECH, where it was once again clear why this is a “can’t miss” event for those within the Energy and Utility space. This year’s theme “Focus on the Future” accurately captured the tone and frame of mind among the thousands of attendees, including a diverse group of Utilities, service and technology providers, product manufacturers...

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Clean Power Plan Advances Another Step Forward

Well, there you have it. Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition by Clean Power Plan opponents, led by fossil fuel industry interests and several states to suspend implementation of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The CPP was debated, commented on, and modified to reflect the views of many stakeholders before...

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The First National Community Solar Summit: A Kick-off for National Collaboration to Expand Solar Access

Leaders from federal and state government agencies (including representatives from Congress, the White House, U.S. Department of Energy, and Environmental Protection Agency), non-profit organizations, and the private sector gathered at the White House on November 17, 2015 for the first National Community Solar Summit. This was the first face-to-face gathering of the National Community Solar...

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