Advanced Energy Perspectives

Three Years In, the New York REV Journey is Far From Over

Posted by Ryan Katofsky

Oct 20, 2016 11:03:00 AM


If you would have asked me, back in the fall of 2013, if I thought I would be spending most of the next three years on a regulatory proceeding in New York, I would have answered “no.” Yet here I am, in the fall of 2016, still actively engaged in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding. Although REV didn’t officially begin until the spring of 2014, we at AEE were already working with our member companies and New York’s utilities to articulate a collective vision for what a 21st century electricity system might look like in New York state, so it’s been a full three years for me and my colleagues Lisa Frantzis and Danny Waggoner. One question to ask is, has all that time been worth it? For me, the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” Not only have I reached Select status on Amtrak again this year, but REV remains the most significant proceeding (set of proceedings, really) in the country addressing utility regulatory and business model reform. Our participation has enabled us to bring the business voice to the conversation and, we believe, has contributed to positive outcomes alreadywith, we hope, many more to come.

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Topics: State Policy Update, 21st Century Electricity System


Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Oct 19, 2016 1:04:00 PM

This post is one in a series featuring the complete slate of advanced energy technologies outlined in the report This Is Advanced Energy.  1.8_landfill-gas-846438-edited.jpg

Image courtesy of Waste Management.

Landfill gas (LFG) is a form of biogas produced by decomposition of organic waste in landfills. This gas is a roughly 50:50 mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, with smaller amounts of nitrogen and other compounds. LFG is produced naturally in all landfills, and can be captured and used for productive purposes instead of being vented or flared. In order to capture LFG, perforated tubes are inserted into the landfill. With existing landfills, the collection system must be added, but with new landfills the system can be installed as part of normal operations. After being extracted from the landfill using vacuum pumps, the LFG is compressed, dried, cleaned of certain contaminants, and used to power a gas turbine, a gas engine, such as GE’s Jenbacher landfill gas engine, or in some cases a boiler or steam turbine. As a rough rule-of-thumb, 1 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in a landfill will produce enough LFG to produce 1 MW of electricity for about 20 years. LFG can also be used in combined heat and power systems (CHP), or used directly as an industrial process fuel if a suitable site exists near a landfill. With addition purification, LFG can be upgraded to a pipeline-quality substitute for natural gas, including compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

NEWS: Fire, Ice, Wet’n’Wild—It’s All Part of Energy Storage’s Best Year Ever

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Oct 14, 2016 11:48:52 AM


It’s no secret that energy storage is on the rise. This week, though, we saw several stories on innovative thermal storage solutions, everything from hot rocks to cool ice. Plus, member updates from SunPower (solar + storage!), Bloom Energy (whose secret IPO is not-so-secret anymore), and General Electric, which, at 124 years old, is looking pretty spry when it comes to advanced energy investment.

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Topics: News Update

Offshore Wind Energizes the Coasts

Posted by Sarah Litke

Oct 13, 2016 5:40:46 PM

This is a guest post by AEE Gold Affiliate member Mintz Levin.


Image of Block Island construction courtesy of Jeff Grybowski, originally posted to Twitter.

The United States will join Europe later this year when the nation’s first offshore wind farm becomes operational off Block Island, R.I. Deepwater Wind is bringing online the first offshore wind farm in domestic waters, a breakthrough for an industry that has worked for more than a decade to generate clean, reliable, cost effective energy, create good jobs, and strengthen local economies. Deepwater’s milestone project comes after the industry failed to move forward with the proposed 468 MW Cape Wind project off the coast of Cape Cod, after facing opposition from the fishing industry, American Indian groups, and property owners in the area for more than a decade. It also appears to be just the beginning of offshore wind development in the U.S.

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Topics: News Update

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Utility Energy Efficiency Programs and Services

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Oct 12, 2016 3:20:00 PM

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


Utilities across the country run energy efficiency programs that provide rebates, loans, information, and services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers to help them reduce their energy use and save money. Energy efficiency improvements provided through utility programs include technologies and building systems that reduce energy use while still delivering the same or superior service, such as lighting, appliances, behavioral energy efficiency, heating and cooling equipment, and building materials and systems. Many utility programs also offer services, such as energy audits, to help customers identify and understand potential savings. While these programs are administered by utilities, the services are typically delivered by private sector companies such as Lime Energy and CLEAResult. Thanks to energy efficiency improvements, energy consumption by the average U.S. home has decreased over time, dropping 21% from 1980 to 2009 even as the size of homes has grown and the number of electronic devices has proliferated.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy


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