Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: RPS Delivers Solar in NC, Freezes in OH; Plus, All-Electric Garbage Trucks – and Harley!

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Sep 19, 2014 11:51:55 AM

0801-harley-livewire-970-630x420Call it a tale of two renewable portfolio standards (RPS). North Carolina’s renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard has just scored a major investment in solar power by the state’s major utility. But in Ohio, a new law freezing that state’s renewable energy standard has already put the local solar industry in a deep freeze.

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Topics: News Update

FEDERAL: Senate Finance Talks Energy Tax Reform, EPA Extends Comment Period, and No Review for Demand Response Ruling

Posted by Tom Carlson and Mark Mugerwa

Sep 18, 2014 3:09:49 PM

EPA-tax-reformAs Congress returned to session focused on passing a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through December 11, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on energy tax reform, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review a ruling on a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) demand response regulation.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Analytics

Posted by Maria Robinson and Matt Stanberry

Sep 16, 2014 3:18:00 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) plan to regulate carbon emissions is just the latest challenge facing the U.S. electric power system. Technological innovation is disrupting old ways of doing business and accelerating grid modernization. Earlier this year, AEE released Advanced Energy Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, a report detailing the use, application, and benefits of 40 specific advanced energy technologies and services. This post is one in a series drawn from the technology profiles within that report.

 

Energy_AnalyticsEnergy analytics for mass-scale building energy efficiency evaluations is a category of software solutions that determine how a building is currently consuming energy and recommend operational and retrofit measures to maximize energy savings. Energy analytics combine different types of data inputs, such as consumption or building asset data, with advanced analytics and modeling techniques to rapidly generate a unique building energy model. Leveraging big data energy analytics via the cloud saves substantial time and costs compared with the traditional manual methods of performing building assessments and audits.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Technology of the Week

NEWS: Does Energy Have a Place in the Sharing Economy?

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Sep 12, 2014 11:45:00 AM

uber-for-energy-491478-editedThe “sharing economy.” It’s the new, new thing (or, depending on your perspective, very, very old). Over the past five years, companies like Uber and Airbnb have attracted millions of dollars of venture capital and built a huge customer base. “Just as peer-to-peer businesses like eBay allow anyone to become a retailer,” The Economist writes, “sharing sites let individuals act as an ad hoc taxi service, car-hire firm or boutique hotel as and when it suits them.” The ability to share goods and services is having a disruptive impact across the economy. Can energy be far behind?

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Topics: News Update

Devil is in the Details on NY’s Reforming the Energy Vision

Posted by Ryan Katofsky and Lisa Frantzis

Sep 11, 2014 10:54:00 AM

REV-Reforming-Energy-VisionWe are now a little over four months into the landmark regulatory proceeding in New York State called “Reforming the Energy Vision,” or REV. With REV, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is seeking to fundamentally transform the way the state’s electric distribution utilities are regulated and how they do business – changing the way electricity is generated, bought and sold in New York. The REV proceeding is arguably the most comprehensive yet to tackle what is variously known as “Utility of the Future,” “Utility 2.0,” or as we at AEE call it, the “21st Century Electricity System.” (Users of PowerSuite can track and collaborate on this vital regulatory proceeding here.) Whatever you call it, the idea is to create a high-performing electricity system that runs on advanced energy. With the release of a new straw proposal on August 22, the PSC is moving the vision toward reality.

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Topics: State Policy Update, PUCs

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