Advanced Energy Perspectives

10 Facts to Know and Tell about State Energy Policies

Posted by Coley Girouard

Jun 30, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Does your state have a renewable portfolio standard or an energy efficiency resource standard? Have your electric utilities had their revenue decoupled from volume of electricity sales? How do your state’s policies stack up with the rest of the country? Do you even know what these policies mean?

AEE now has everything you need to know about key state energy policies. It’s all on PowerPortal, your one-stop shop for high-value information on key energy sector participants, utility programs and energy data in each state. See this alongside other data already in the PowerPortal, including utility structures, schedules for key renewable energy and energy efficiency proceedings, time varying rates programs, and much, much more! PowerPortal is part of AEE’s PowerSuite. Sign up for a free trial here.

In the meantime, here are 10 tidbits on Renewable Portfolio Standards, Energy Efficiency Resource Standards and revenue decoupling to get you started! 

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Topics: State Policy Update

ADVANCED ENERGY NOW: Industrial CHP Continues to Hold Strong Potential

Posted by Maria Robinson

Jun 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research. 

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Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, simultaneously generates electricity and useful heat in an integrated system. This application of technology achieves greater levels of overall efficiency than separate heat and power systems because heat that is wasted in conventional electric generating systems is recovered and put to use. CHP systems can reach thermal efficiencies up to 85%. CHP provides highly efficient electricity and process heat to many industries in the United States; 83 GW of CHP capacity are installed in the United States, which is approximately 8 percent of the national electricity generation capacity and 12 percent of annual power generation. Navigant Research estimates the vast majority of CHP is used for industrial applications, 80% to 90% of the total.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

With Advanced Energy a $6.2 Billion Industry in Florida, AEE Makes Its Presence Known

Posted by Trish Fields and Maria Robinson

Jun 25, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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Florida is hot right now, and we don’t mean the temperature. It ranks second in the country for retail electricity sales per household; it is the third most populous state and has the fourth largest economy; and has the fifth largest projected population growth rate between 2010 and 2014. That adds up to a huge opportunity for advanced energy in the Sunshine State – where it is already a $6.2 billion industry, bigger than the $4.2 billion generated by agricultural exports in 2014. That was the message that AEE took to Florida earlier this month, armed with a report prepared by Navigant Research showing just how big an economic force advanced energy is in the state. 

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Topics: State Policy Update

FINANCE: Residential PACE on the Rise; Innovative Solar Financing

Posted by Dan Scripps

Jun 24, 2015 5:03:09 PM

By Dan Scripps

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In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Authority almost killed Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE) for residential properties. A lot can happen in five years, and what was once a program on the verge of foreclosure is now a booming market. Also, what a new financing model could mean for current solar consumers and producers.

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Topics: Energy Finance

ADVANCED ENERGY NOW: Smarter Grid Technologies Make for Smart Cities

Posted by Maria Robinson

Jun 22, 2015 4:52:52 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research. 
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Yokohama, Japan implemented a large-scale pilot project focused on energy management at the household, district, and city level from 2010 through 2014.

Cities are a focal point for some of the most profound economic, social, and technological issues facing the world today, not least of which is the need for cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the demands of an urban population that will expand by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years. Numerous cities are now investigating new forms of energy delivery and management spanning all aspects of city operations – fundamentally changing the way energy is generated, distributed, and integrated within city limits.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

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