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YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 10 Utility Commission Actions of 2016

Posted by Coley Girouard

Dec 20, 2016 11:05:34 AM

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In September, we published a post on the top 10 utility commission issues of 2016 so far, but action on utility regulations has continued in the months since. In this year-end post, we look at 10 key actions taken by state public utility commissions (PUCs) in 2016. These actions affected everything from rate design for distributed energy resources to data access to grid modernization. More broadly, they all point the way toward a modern electric power system for the 21st century, even if getting there is by fits and starts.

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Topics: PUCs, Year in Review

Electricity in the Information Age: Big Data Could Mean Big Benefits for All

Posted by Coley Girouard

Dec 1, 2016 4:39:06 PM

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Virtually every industry is transforming to incorporate data strategically, and the information age has finally arrived in the electric utility industry. With the deployment of smart meters now approaching 50% of all electric meters, utilities are collecting massive amounts of granular data. The question is, how can utilities best utilize all of this data and make it available—and useful—to customers and third parties?

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Topics: State Policy Update, PUCs

How Does Energy Storage Help Customers and the Grid? Let Us Count the Ways - all 89 of Them

Posted by Coley Girouard

Oct 6, 2016 2:51:23 PM

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Energy storage is a game changer. Ultimately, it could free the electric power system from matching generation and consumption on a minute-by-minute basis, saving electricity until it’s needed. Policymakers, utilities, and customers are beginning to recognize its value. Doug Little, chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission, summed up the potential of behind-the-meter (BTM) storage this way: “Energy storage technology is really the 'secret sauce’ for the future of residential rooftop solar.” At AEE, we agree, but add that it could be the secret sauce for numerous other applications - on both sides of the meter. That makes energy storage a key  technology for modernizing the energy grid and leading to an advanced energy future.

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Topics: State Policy Update, PUCs

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues of 2016 - So Far

Posted by Coley Girouard

Sep 15, 2016 11:44:08 AM

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Back in January, we published a list of the top 10 public utility commission issues to watch in 2016. With 2016 heading into the home stretch, we check in on the top issues facing utility commissions so far this year. Not surprisingly, the challenges PUCs are grappling with are all over the map: sweeping changes in utility business models, utility M&A, grid modernization, rate design, smart meter data access, demand charges for residential customers, energy storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to name a few. Here is a status check of the Top 10 matters before PUCs to date.  

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Topics: PUCs

Do Demand Charges Make Sense for Residential Customers?

Posted by Coley Girouard

Jun 21, 2016 4:30:00 PM

This post was originally published on SmartGridNews. Read it in full by clicking here.

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The rise in customer-sited distributed generation (DG) and the success of energy efficiency (EE) programs in reducing load growth have brought rate design to the fore as utilities look for ways to ensure cost recovery and reduce risk. The large uptick in fixed charge proposals has continued as a result, but now a new trend toward a more sophisticated rate design has emerged - demand charges. Demand charges, the argument goes, are intended to better align revenue collection with cost and provide a strong incentive for customers to reduce their peak consumption. But do they really make sense for residential customers?

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Topics: State Policy Update, PUCs

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