Advanced Energy Perspectives

As the Grid Goes Digital, Cybersecurity Gains Importance

Posted by Frank Swigonski

May 3, 2017 1:36:56 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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Nearly $3 trillion has been invested globally in grid modernization since 2000. According to the International Energy Agency, another $8 trillion will be required over the next 25 years to accommodate emerging areas like distributed intelligence and data analytics. These investments will help boost reliability and resilience while reducing operating costs. Amid the digitalization of energy, offering up the IoT, connected devices, smart grid, and even autonomous vehicles to consumers, new challenges, such as cybersecurity, arise.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

NEWS: Wind in Iowa Not A Bunch of Hot Air; Solar Sunroof; AEE Members Take New York

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Apr 28, 2017 1:19:54 PM

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This week, we have stories from the windy plains of Iowa, where a Berkshire Hathaway-owned utility, MidAmerican Energy, is closing in on 100% of its power from wind and solar; booming electric vehicle sales projections and brand new sunroof technology that could transform the market; and some AEE member news and REV updates out of New York. It’s been a busy week all around!

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Topics: News Update

New York’s Transition from Net Energy Metering Offers a New Way to Value Distributed Resources, but Raises Concerns about RECs

Posted by Ryan Katofsky and Danny Waggoner

Apr 27, 2017 2:04:15 PM

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If you’re a regular reader of Advanced Energy Perspectives then you know that we’ve written several times on New York’s groundbreaking Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding. We’ve also written about rate design and efforts around the country to address net energy metering (NEM). Some NEM reform efforts are better than others. In some cases, utilities have been seeking to raise fixed charges on NEM customers or to impose per-kW monthly demand fees, arguing that NEM customers are not paying their fair share of the costs of the grid. These charges reduce the attractiveness of onsite distributed generation (DG) by shifting utility revenue collection from volumetric charges (per kWh) to monthly charges that cannot be reduced with onsite generation. In our view, such approaches are overly focused on maintaining certainty of revenue for utilities, and as a result fail to adequately consider the value of DG to the grid, such as deferring or avoiding future investments in generation, transmission, and distribution assets.

New York, under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process, is taking a different approach. In its recent order on the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) put forth an innovative structure for valuing the benefits of electricity from DG that is exported to the grid (and which, under traditional NEM, would be credited at the retail rate). But the order also revealed some problematic features of New York’s treatment of onsite renewable energy generation and the value of its environmental attributes – features worth revisiting as the Value of DER proceeding continues.

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Topics: State Policy Update

By Extending EmPOWER, Maryland Solidifies a Leadership Position on Energy Efficiency

Posted by Daniel Bloom

Apr 26, 2017 4:10:00 PM

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In the final days of Maryland’s legislative session, a bill to extend the state’s successful energy efficiency program – known as EmPOWER Maryland – through 2023 became law. With AEE and other efficiency advocates persuading Gov. Hogan not to veto the bill, which had passed the legislature with veto-proof majorities in both houses, the law took effect without his signature, but also with no need for an override vote. The result: an estimated $1.6 billion market opportunity for energy efficiency companies across Maryland unleashed over the next six years.

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Topics: State Policy Update

NEWS: Microgrids, EV Charging, Battery-Gas Peaking Plant, and Net-Zero Salesforce – So What Else is New?

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Apr 21, 2017 1:13:02 PM

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Sometimes the news isn’t exactly new. Faithful readers of Advanced Energy Perspectives will recognize much of what is in this week’s news: From Schneider Electric’s new microgrid system to GE’s first-ever storage-plus-natural-gas system to Salesforce making good on its advanced energy commitments, AEE members are, as always, leading the way to an energy system that is ever more secure, clean, and affordable.

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Topics: News Update

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