Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: Utilities' Outlook Unchanged by Politics; Advanced Energy: This Bud’s For You!

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Mar 31, 2017 12:21:42 PM

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In the news this week: Utilities themselves speak to changing utility business models that include distributed resources, regardless of federal policy. Plus, more efficient lighting coming to the streets of Chicago and General Motors facilities thanks to AEE member companies, and Anheuser-Busch makes a commitment to advanced energy. We’ll drink to that!

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In Virginia, Better Options for Corporate Buyers Begin with This: Redoing Dominion’s Renewable Energy Tariff

Posted by Caitlin Marquis and Dylan Reed

Mar 30, 2017 10:28:15 AM

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Solar array atop the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness at the University of Richmond. 

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As we’ve reported before, companies across the country are increasingly looking to advanced energy to meet their electricity needs, and in Virginia, the story is no different. A new AEE state market brief shows that unleashing this demand would bring huge benefits to the Commonwealth, including significant investment and development activity. With the renewable energy tariff of Dominion Virginia Power, the Commonwealth’s largest investor-owned utility, expiring at the beginning of April, Virginia has a chance to do just that. The question legislators and regulators need to ask themselves now is this: How can Virginia expand and improve options for renewable energy procurement to attract and retain top corporate citizens and reap the jobs and economic benefits that come with a dynamic renewable energy market?

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Topics: State Policy Update

Big Data Drives Demand Side Management Innovation

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Mar 29, 2017 4:34:03 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 2017 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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Big data analytics – using software engines and algorithms to process and analyze large quantities of data to provide insights into how customers behave – is changing the way companies do business across the economy, and energy is no exception. For decades, utilities have offered energy efficiency and demand response (DR) programs as means of saving energy for customers and reducing the need for more generating capacity to meet demand. In recent years, utilities and energy efficiency providers have started using big data analytics to provide new insights into how this can be done.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

NEWS: Storage Goes Big in Hawaii; ‘Synergies’ Between Oil Rigs and Offshore Wind; Lady Gaga’s Energy Play

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Mar 24, 2017 11:14:42 AM

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This week’s news saw a big dose of energy storage, along with a Lady Gaga-backed energy efficiency device (really). Plus, Big Oil brings its offshore expertise to advanced energy and more in this week’s news.

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Topics: News Update

Peak Demand Reduction Can Solve Michigan’s Power Problems, Save Millions for Customers

Posted by Daniel Bloom and Benjamin Stafford

Mar 23, 2017 1:10:52 PM

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The numbers don’t lie. Peak demand in Michigan is expected to increase by 2,000 MW in the Lower Peninsula over the next decade. Normally, this type of load growth is met by building new power plants. But these “peaker” plants sit idle most of year, pressed into service only when demand is highest – a few hours per year. A new study commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy Institute finds that Michigan would benefit significantly from using a variety of demand reduction strategies, all of which can relieve stress on the power grid, delay or avoid construction of expensive new power plants, and save money for Michigan electricity customers. Demand reduction strategies include a combination of targeted demand response (DR) programs, time-varying rates, and smart thermostats – options that can save Michigan upwards of $1 billion over the next decade.

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Topics: State Policy Update

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