Advanced Energy Perspectives

Why a Bandage Fix for Cost-Effectiveness Testing Isn’t Enough

Posted by Adam Scheer, Jake Millette, Olivia Patterson, and Julie Michals

Jan 15, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Rip Off Band-Aid

This is a guest post by Adam Scheer (Recurve), Jake Millette and Olivia Patterson (Opinion Dynamics), and Julie Michals (E4TheFuture)

Driven by advancing technologies and by policies that are evolving to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, the energy industry is changing at a breakneck pace. On the demand side, our fundamental challenge is moving beyond siloed programs into scaled demand flexibility to achieve states’ priorities such as grid resilience, resource adequacy, and decarbonization, amidst increasing electrification. Critically, scaling distributed energy resources (DERs) to meet a host of policy goals will require that we leverage limited ratepayer dollars to cultivate as much energy efficiency (EE) and other DER investment as possible. The question is: are cost-effectiveness (CE) testing practices developed decades ago adequate to guide our industry investments today? In our experience, legacy CE practices are inhibiting both innovative program designs and commonsense best practices for putting ratepayer dollars to optimal use.

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Topics: Guest Post, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, Regulation, Energy Efficiency

A Compelling Opportunity for Growth from Offshore Wind: Domestic Supply Chain

Posted by Fred Zalcman

May 29, 2019 3:11:01 PM

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This is a guest post from AEE member company Ørsted Wind Power. Fred Zalcman, head of government affairs North America for Ørsted, will speak on the panel “Strong Winds Blow for Offshore Wind” at Advanced Energy Now | East on June 13.

Offshore wind energy is no longer an “alternative” form of energy – it’s a cost-effective, clean, reliable and mainstream energy source that has the potential to power the U.S. East Coast in the near future. Ørsted has already invested significantly in communities from Massachusetts to Virginia, as we embark on bringing our portfolio of development projects to commercial operation and in so doing supporting robust job creation and training, economic development, and strategic investments throughout the local communities we serve.

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Topics: Guest Post, Advanced Energy Now Events

Texas Regulators Stand Pat on Transmission Cost Allocation, Make ERCOT Market Tweaks in Advance of Summer, and Launch Exam of EV Issues

Posted by Sierra Salser

Feb 21, 2019 11:06:25 AM

 

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In a win for advanced energy, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) declined to revise the current mechanism for allocating transmission losses at its Jan. 17 meeting, supporting a position taken by the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA). The PUCT also took another positive step by opening a review of EV-related issues to prepare for expected growth.

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Topics: Guest Post, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, texas

TAEBA Showcases Advanced Energy Innovation at Texas Capitol

Posted by Hope Jones

Feb 7, 2019 11:21:32 AM

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Top Left: TAEBA’s Suzanne Bertin addresses the room. Top Right: PUCT Chairman DeAnn T. Walker speaks to the group. Bottom Right: TAEBA members gathered at the Texas Capitol Jan. 31 to present the latest in advanced energy technologies and meet with policymakers and all three PUCT commissioners. L-R Top row: Alan Ash, Trane; Ned Bartlett, Veolia; Meghan Nutting, Sunnova; Sara Rafalson, EVgo; Doug Middleton, CLEAResult. Bottom row: Stephanie Byrd, Schneider Electric; Mark Stover, Apex Clean Energy; Suzanne Bertin, TAEBA; Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Enel X; and Bonnie Datta, Siemens. Not pictured: Beth O’Brien, Pattern Energy Group; Lynnae Willette, EDF Renewables; Chris Pasch and Matt Romero, CLEAResult; and Dave Savage, Apex Clean Energy.

On Jan. 31, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) hosted an "Advanced Energy Technology and Innovation Showcase" at the Texas Capitol to educate policymakers and staff on advanced energy across the Lone Star State.

Company officials from TAEBA Leadership Council members Schneider Electric, Siemens, Enel X, Pattern Energy, Apex Clean Energy, CLEAResult, Trane, and Veolia gave presentations to House and Senate legislative staff. They covered the benefits of a broad range of technologies, including solar, wind, thermal storage, demand response, battery storage, combined heat and power, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and port electrification.  

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Pioneering a Performance-Based Future for Energy Efficiency, California Utilities are Creating an Opportunity for Innovation Not to be Missed

Posted by Matt Golden

Dec 18, 2018 5:30:32 PM

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This is a guest post by Matt Golden, CEO of AEE member company OpenEE.

Energy efficiency in California is rapidly evolving. Moving toward the state’s 50% renewable portfolio standard (RPS), SB350 goals to double energy efficiency and renewable energy, and perhaps most importantly, new SB100 requirements to achieve zero carbon on the grid by 2045, it has become necessary to rethink our demand-side strategy. Achieving these lofty targets while maintaining a balanced, stable, and affordable grid will take all the distributed energy resources we can get, including a massive increase in demand flexibility from energy efficiency, electrification, and controls. 

New solicitations for energy efficiency services from California’s investor-owned utilities point the way toward a future of performance-based capture of energy savings when and where they matter, driven by innovation in the marketplace. Energy efficiency providers should see this as an opportunity – and there’s no time to waste. 

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Topics: Guest Post, California Engagement, 21st Century Electricity System

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