Sarah Steinberg

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Getting More from Less with Demand-Side Resources

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Sep 21, 2022 11:30:00 AM

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Extreme weather. Spiking natural gas prices. Peak levels of electricity use that push the grid to its limit. Our energy system faces a growing set of challenges, and our utilities and their regulators have to make big infrastructure and investment decisions today to solve those challenges. But even with a growing number of advanced energy technologies and solutions available – including those on the demand-side – many electric utilities just want to build more natural gas-fired power plants. We think there is a better way. Here’s how utilities – and one utility in particular – can use rates, incentives, and technology to manage energy use and save customers money.

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Topics: State Policy, Utility, Energy Efficiency, indiana

At Policy ‘Bootcamp,’ Nevada Governor Commits to Electric Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Apr 6, 2022 1:00:00 PM

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If transportation electrification is a puzzle, Governor Sisolak just put another critical piece in place. Last Thursday, he announced that Nevada would be joining a multi-state memorandum of understanding (MOU) that commits the Silver State to collaborating with 16 other states, the District of Columbia, and the Province of Quebec, to accelerate the market for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The goal of the MOU is to ensure that 30% of all in-state sales of trucks, buses, and vans are zero-emission by 2030, and 100% by 2050. Now representing nearly 40% of the U.S. population, the consortium of states will be a powerful market mover in a space that’s already got plenty of momentum behind it.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation

The Future of Gas Heats Up in Nevada

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jan 19, 2022 10:29:22 AM

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America is re-thinking the way it powers its homes and businesses, and we’re seeing this debate emerge in state legislatures, at public utility commissions, at county and city councils, and in our own kitchens and living rooms. This is because changing appliance economics and performance, consumer preferences, and state and local policies are driving support for clean, efficient, and affordable electric technologies. It is also because a realistic look into the future of energy indicates that we can expect a dramatic decline in the use of natural gas, and an unwieldy and expensive transition if we fail to plan for it.  

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Topics: State Policy

Nevada’s grid of the future should be part of an RTO

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jan 10, 2022 1:00:00 PM

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Right now, Nevada’s electric grid operates more or less as an island, and the households and businesses that rely on that island are increasingly at risk of being stranded. Except under limited circumstances, the state’s utilities must produce enough of their own electricity to meet their customers’ needs, then transport that energy using their own poles and wires. This situation not only requires Nevadans to pay for more electricity infrastructure than they should, but also leaves them particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events.

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Topics: State Policy, Regulatory, Wholesale Markets

Top 6 Legislative Trends of 2021

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Dec 1, 2021 12:00:00 PM

 

As 2021 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the progress—and setbacks—that advanced energy experienced in state legislatures across the country this past year. For the most part, momentum around the clean energy and transportation transformation has continued to grow, with major wins that will drive unprecedented market growth for the industry. Still, some states dug in their heels to delay or block progress toward a 100% clean energy economy. 

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Topics: State Policy, PowerSuite