Advanced Energy Perspectives

FERC Orders Grid Operators to Develop Market Rules for Energy Storage, Launches Process to Open Markets for DER

Posted by Maria Robinson

Feb 21, 2018 8:15:00 PM

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Last Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a long-awaited final order on its storage and distributed energy resource (DER) docket. This is a big step toward opening up the wholesale electricity markets under FERC jurisdiction to advanced energy technologies that have not been allowed to compete. Energy storage gets an immediate boost, as regional grid operators will now have to implement market rules to let energy storage participate. Aggregated DERs, which FERC considered in this proceeding at the urging of AEE, will be on a slower path, starting with a technical conference, but are also headed toward market participation. AEE and our member companies will stay engaged until these markets are truly open to all advanced energy technologies.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, regulation, Wholesale Markets

Rate Design for a DER future: Designing rates to better integrate and value distributed energy resources

Posted by Coley Girouard

Feb 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. In this fourth in an occasional series published by Utility Dive, AEE looks at the issue of rate design in a changing electric power system . 

The U.S. electricity system is changing, driven by technological innovation, increased use of distributed energy resources (DER), and evolving customer needs and preferences. If DER assets are properly integrated into the system, they have the potential to make the grid more efficient, flexible, resilient, reliable, and clean, while simultaneously giving customers greater choices and control over energy use and costs. For this to happen, new rate designs will be needed – and some approaches to new rate design fulfill the promise of a DER future better than others.  

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Despite Market, Policy Uncertainties, ‘Factbook’ Shows an Advanced Energy Boom, Employing 3 Million U.S. Workers

Posted by Monique Hanis

Feb 15, 2018 1:47:10 PM

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Today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released their 2018 “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook,” which quantifies power generation investments and production market share across the U.S., along with other noteworthy highlights. Reviewing the 2017 data, one quickly sees that advanced energy is booming, despite policy and market uncertainties on federal and state levels.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now, This Is Advanced Energy

How Much Can Reducing Peak Electricity Use in Indiana Save Hoosiers? Billions

Posted by Vince Griffin

Feb 14, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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As the nation’s top per capita manufacturing state – the No. 1 steel producer and No. 3 for cars – Indiana is an energy-intensive state, so saving energy means saving money here as much as anywhere. But cost is driven especially by turning on those last, most expensive power plants – or building new ones – to meet demand at its peak. Meeting peak demand is expensive; not only are wholesale electricity prices higher during those times, but about 10% of our state’s electric power infrastructure investments focus on serving load during just 1% of the hours of the year. If Indiana can shave or eliminate these expensive peaks it could reduce costs and improve reliability, because times of peak demand are also typically when the grid is most stressed. Our new report shows three ways that Indiana can reduce peak demand.

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Topics: State Policy Update, utility, regulation

In Budget Agreement, Congress Comes Through with Tax Equality for 'Orphan' Technologies

Posted by Dylan Reed

Feb 13, 2018 3:30:00 PM

 

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In what is becoming a monthly ritual in DC, Congress passed a month-long spending bill late last week to avoid a government shutdown. While headlines captured the story of another dodged shutdown (at least until next month), the eyes of the advanced energy industry caught another storyline. Congress fulfilled a promise to level the playing field for a variety of advanced energy technologies, giving the industry a better chance to grow. The bill provides the market certainty that will support investment in technologies like fuel cells, combined heat and power, energy efficiency, geothermal, and advanced nuclear. Read on for the details of the tax deal, and how we got here. 

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

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