Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: Tesla and Chevy Battle It Out for 30somethings ($thousands); Solar Super Bowl Sunday

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Feb 5, 2016 10:03:01 AM


Though still in its infancy, 2016 is shaping up as a banner year for advanced vehicles. Debuting earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Chevrolet’s new Bolt promises to change the EV game, with a price tag of roughly $30,000. Not to be outdone, Tesla is teasing its new Model 3, set to launch as early as next month, in the same price range. Game on! But first, there’s this big game: No matter who wins, Super Bowl 50 (no roman numerals, per NFL) will be played in the most advanced energy–powered stadium yet. Prepare to be dazzled – no matter what happens on the field.

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Topics: News Update

Top 10 Public Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2016

Posted by Coley Girouard

Feb 4, 2016 5:11:16 PM

In this post, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions (PUCs) this year, from comprehensive energy storage to rate design and utility mergers. For access to PUC dockets referenced in this column in all 50 states, along with state legislative activity, sign up for a free trial of AEE’s PowerSuite. The trial includes a free subscription to DocketDigest, our bi-weekly newsletter focused on the latest PUC advanced energy dockets.


1. California Dreamin’

California is currently immersed in a variety of proceedings focused on topics ranging from distribution planning to rate design to energy storage. Arguably the two most consequential proceedings are on Distribution Resource Plan (DRP) - focused on how utilities can value distributed energy resources (DER) - and Integrated Demand-Side Resource (IDER) - focused on how best to source DER needed by utilities and to consider the issue of localized incentives.

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Topics: PUCs

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Feb 2, 2016 3:08:21 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 AEE member Landis+Gyr.

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enables two-way communication between utilities and customers. While traditional meters that are read monthly, smart meters record electricity in intervals of an hour or less (typically 15 minutes), and transmit this information along with data on power outages and power quality to utilities for monitoring and billing purposes, usually over a secure communication network. Two-way communication with smart meters allows utilities to relay detailed energy usage and pricing information back to the customer, enabling active energy management. AMI is part of the broader “smart grid” that is enabling more efficient and reliable operation of the grid and facilitating the deployment of new products and services such as smart appliances and thermostats, in-home displays, and energy management systems.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

NEWS: Megawatts or Negawatts? That is the Question – and the Supreme Court Decided It

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Jan 29, 2016 1:26:40 PM


Amid Snowzilla’s winter of discontent, on Monday the Supreme Court ruled on EPSA v. FERC, a case that had the power to define the future of the demand response market. In a big win for advanced energy, the court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Order 745, which gives FERC rulemaking authority over both traditional electricity generators and demand response providers in wholesale power markets, would stay in place. Call it a tale of two electricities.

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Topics: News Update

Understanding the Clean Energy Incentive Program

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Jan 28, 2016 3:43:17 PM


EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation, the Clean Power Plan, won’t take effect until 2022, but planning is already well underway in states across the country. Initial state compliance plans are due in September of this year but many states will opt for an extension and submit final plans in 2018. As states think about how to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, many of them are turning to advanced energy which is already being deployed across the country at a growing rate. They should do so earlier, rather than later. That’s because EPA is allowing them to get credit for some advanced energy deployed before the official start of the Clean Power Plan compliance period in 2022. And too few states are aware of how much they could benefit from that.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs


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