Advanced Energy Perspectives

New York REV Order Gives Utilities Ways to Make Money in Changing Role

Posted by Ryan Katofsky

May 26, 2016 3:30:11 PM

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We’ve blogged several times over the last two years on New York’s landmark Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, which seeks to fundamentally reorient the way electric utilities are regulated in New York State. We have been strong supporters of this effort and, along with our state and regional partners, Alliance for Clean Energy New York and the Northeast Clean Energy Council, have filed comments at nearly every opportunity. Back in 2014, we blogged that The Devil is in the Details and later reviewed some of those details when the Department of Public Service issued its Track 2 White Paper. We also weighed in on benefit-cost analysis and, most recently, utility-solar collaboration on the future of net metering and compensation of distributed energy resources (DER). Truly, there is virtually no aspect of the regulatory framework that is not up for consideration in REV.

The details of what utility regulation will look like in New York just got clearer, when the Public Service Commission (PSC) issued its Track 2 Order on May 19. This Order addresses the fundamental issue of the utility revenue model as well as certain aspects of rate design. While there are many details still to be worked out (the Order is mainly about the framework and process), the PSC has formalized some bold ideas for how the utility business model will evolve in order to keep up with changing technology, evolving customer needs, and state energy and environmental goals.

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Topics: State Policy Update

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Offshore Wind Power

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

May 24, 2016 6:55:49 PM

This post is one in a series featuring the complete slate of advanced energy technologies outlined in the report This Is Advanced Energy.

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Offshore wind off the coast of England. Via.

Offshore wind turbines are very similar in design to land-based large-scale turbines. They are located in bodies of water where there is access to stronger, steadier wind resources than are typically available on land. Generally, the turbines are fixed directly to the bottom of a lake or ocean, although technologies are being developed to mount turbines on floating platforms, which will enable deployment in deeper water or farther offshore. Because of the higher expense of foundations and installation compared to land-based wind turbines, offshore wind farms generally feature larger turbines to minimize infra- structure requirements. Offshore wind turbines are typically 3-5 MW in size, but Vestas has installed 8 MW turbines, and even bigger turbines (10-15 MW) are under development.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

NEWS: I, Driverless Vehicle! Plus: YieldCos Go Bump

Posted by Lexie Briggs

May 20, 2016 11:55:23 AM

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We were promised flying cars. Those Jetsons-mobiles careening through the air sure seemed like the way of the future… until we actually considered traffic logistics in a three-dimensional airspace. The future of transportation is closer at hand than ever before, though, and it just might be Rosie the Robot at the wheel rather than George Jetson. Driverless vehicles are fast becoming a reality, and companies are preparing for a new automotive frontier – and potential blowback.

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Topics: News Update

Full D.C. Circuit Hearing of Oral Arguments on Clean Power Plan Will Speed Final Ruling

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

May 19, 2016 4:34:32 PM

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After the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan (CPP), all eyes have been on June 2, the date the D.C. Circuit Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments on the merits of the rule. That goal post just got pushed back—but the delay is likely to speed up the final Supreme Court decision.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Modular Nuclear Power

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

May 17, 2016 5:56:53 PM

This post is one in a series featuring the complete slate of advanced energy technologies outlined in the report This Is Advanced Energy. Image courtesy of NuScale Power.   

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Small modular reactors (SMRs) are small-footprint nuclear power plants that can be sized between 10 MW and 300 MW. There are numerous SMR plant designs, although SMRs all rely on the same nuclear fission technology used by larger plants. Nuclear fission releases heat in the reactor core that is used to produce steam, which spins a steam turbine attached to an electric generator. Unlike utility-scale plants, which are difficult to site and can take years to construct, SMRs are designed to have many components fabricated and assembled offsite, thus reducing the time and complexity of plant construction and increasing potential plant locations. SMR designs generally have their reactors buried in the ground away from weather hazards, and are often designed to use passive cooling systems that are not vulnerable to power outages, further increasing the safety of the plant.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

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