Advanced Energy Perspectives

Energy Efficiency as a Resource: The Power of Getting More from Less

Posted by Ryan Katofsky

Oct 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

3.10_Utility_Energy_Efficiency_Programs__Services.jpg A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful 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 third in a series published by Utility Dive, AEE explores traditional and "pay for performance" approaches to energy efficiency (EE). 

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

Performance-based Regulation: Aligning Utility Incentives with Policy Objectives and Customer Benefits

Posted by Benjamin Stafford and Lisa Frantzis

Oct 11, 2017 3:30:00 PM

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A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful 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 second of a 7-part series published by Utility Dive, AEE lays out strategies for achieving performance-based regulation. Previously, we covered Advanced Meters: Connectivity for the Modern Grid.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

Advanced Metering: Making the Most of Connectivity for a Modern Grid

Posted by Coley Girouard

Sep 28, 2017 3:30:00 PM

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A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful 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 first of a seven-part series published by Utility Dive, AEE looks at the transformative impact of advanced metering infrastructure. Commonly defined as an integrated network of smart meters, communication networks, and data management systems, AMI has the potential to transform how utilities, customers, and third-party providers manage electricity generation, delivery, and use.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System

Top 10 Utility Commission Actions of 2017–So Far

Posted by Coley Girouard

Jul 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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Back in December, we published a list of the top 10 public utility commission actions of 2016. With 2017 halfway elapsed, we check in on the top public utility commission (PUC) actions so far this year. Not surprisingly, the challenges PUCs are grappling with are scattered widely: sweeping changes in rate design, utility business model reforms, grid modernization investments, distribution system planning, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and rates, renewable energy tariffs, and interconnection requests, to name a few. Without further ado, here is a status check of the top 10 matters before PUCs in 2017 so far.

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Topics: PUCs

What Online Ticket Selling Can Teach Us About Data and Energy Innovation

Posted by Hannah Polikov

Jun 1, 2017 5:25:48 PM

This blog post is based on remarks delivered at “Securing Smart Grid Data,” a forum sponsored by the Lexington Institute. Video of Polikov’s talk is available here. 

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The other day, I decided I really wanted to go see the Broadway Musical “Hamilton.” So I went online, and pretty quickly I realized two things: 1) Even though it’s been running for two years, the show is still completely sold out, and 2) You can get tickets, from resellers. I’m not talking about finding some guy standing on the corner an hour before curtain, scalping tickets. The aftermarket for Hamilton tickets is a very sophisticated, innovative marketplace. There are lots of different sites connecting sellers and buyers and there are sites that aggregate those different sites, very similar to what Priceline or Kayak does for airline tickets. Those of us who want to see consumer-focused innovation in energy could learn a lot from this.

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Topics: PUCs

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