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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Battery Storage: The missing link to mainstream, scalable renewable energy?

Storing energy remains the missing puzzle piece for many renewable energy resources, like solar and wind power.  Without a way to save electricity for later use, when the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing,  intermittent renewable energy will struggle to close price and performance differences with traditional generation sources such as coal and petroleum.   …

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US Supreme Court Decision on EPA MATS Rule

The US Supreme Court’s June 29th 2015 decision to send the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) rule back to the DC Circuit Court, while a narrow victory for opponents, is by no means the end of the debate. The Supreme Court ruled that EPA did not adequately consider the costs of the rule – which would cap emissions of mercury, toxic metals, and...

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Sustainability Touches Work and Recreation

The Energy & Utilities team of West Monroe Partners recently had the opportunity to visit a methane digester, solar array, and brewery during its bi-annual collaboration retreat in Eau Claire, WI. You may notice an outlier in that group of tours. How do Leinenkugel and other breweries relate to sustainability? One of the first things you notice on a tour of any brewery is that it takes a...

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Perspectives from the ADS National Town Meeting

Last week I attended the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid’s (ADS) National Town Meeting in Washington, D.C. The conference is an annual gathering of utilities, regulators, independent system operators and various other stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding demand response (DR) programs at the utility level. The discussions ranged from how electric...

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Clean Power Plan a “Hot Topic” at Regulatory Conference

The Clean Power Plan (CPP) and its many implications sparked a lot of great dialogue at the Center for Public Utilities’ “Current Issues 2015” regulatory conference held last week in Santa Fe, N.M. Among the audience of state public utility commissioners and utility executives in charge of regulatory strategy, the proposed CPP and anticipation of the final rulemaking this summer was a...

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