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Innovation and the Next Generation Utility: Embracing the New Energy Ecosystem

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 20, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Full Title: Innovation and the Next Generation Utility: Embracing the New Energy Ecosystem Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In this paper, we explain how utilities will be better positioned to participate in the Dynamic Energy system if they focus on three key competencies: Business Model Innovation, Technology Innovation, and Cultural Innovation. The benefits of taking this three-pronged approach to innovation are clear. Doing nothing will lead to further declines in revenue and a loss of market share to third-party energy providers. Developing an innovation strategy – either company-wide or within specific teams – means… [more]

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Battery/Diesel Grid-Connected Microgrids: A Large-Scale, Industry-Based Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: January 20, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Full Title: Battery/Diesel Grid-Connected Microgrids: A Large-Scale, Industry-Based Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities Author(s): ABB Publisher(s): ABB Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS). Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy delivery service owning and operating approximately $11 billion of electricity and gas distribution assets that connect into more than 1.3 million Victorian homes and businesses, began investigating GESS in 2013. AusNet Services chose… [more]

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Maryland Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force Report

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: January 7, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Full Title: Maryland Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force Report Author(s): Maryland Energy Administration Publisher(s): Maryland Energy Administration Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Recognizing the value that microgrids can offer to energy surety and resiliency, on February 25, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley directed his Energy Advisor to lead a Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force (“Task Force”) to study the statutory, regulatory, financial, and technical barriers to the deployment of microgrids in Maryland. The Governor’s charge required the Task Force to develop a “roadmap for action” to pave the way for private sector deployment of microgrids across the State. As… [more]

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Energy Policies of IEA Countries – United States of America 2007 Review

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 8, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Full Title: Energy Policies of IEA Countries – United States of America 2007 Review Author(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publisher(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publication Date: 2007 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The United States is the largest economy and energy user in the world. Significant developments have taken place in its energy policy since the last IEA review in 2002. Most important is the Energy Policy Act 2005 – a comprehensive energy legislation which has set new directions, including opening the way for a nuclear renaissance. Two closely connected challenges shape all debates on the nation’s energy policy path:… [more]

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Enhancing User Customization through Novel Software Architecture for Utility-Scale Solar Siting Software

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 16, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Full Title: Enhancing User Customization through Novel Software Architecture for Utility-Scale Solar Siting Software Author(s): Brant Peery, R. Sam Alessi, Randy D. Lee, Leng Vang, Scott Brown, David Solan, and Dan Ames Publisher(s): Idaho National Laboratory Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The need exists for a spatial decision support application that allows users to create customized metrics for comparing proposed locations of a new solar installation. This document discusses how PVMapper was designed to overcome the customization problem through development of loosely coupled spatial and decision components in a JavaScript plug-in architecture, allowing the user to easily add functionality and data… [more]

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Energy Transformation: Finding Policy and Finance Solutions

Author(s): Matt Futch
Vice President, US Retail Regulatory Strategy
National Grid, US
Date: June 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

We hear about the promise of transforming America’s infrastructure every day. But if we’re going to capitalize on that promise, we need to reverse the 20-year trend of underinvestment in energy networks. Greater overall resiliency, reliability and innovation come with a sizeable price tag; it is estimated that U.S. energy infrastructure needs $2.5 trillion in investment by 2035. If we don’t meet this challenge, the growing limitations of our current system threaten to derail progress toward our long-term energy sustainability and security goals. We either invest now, or pay that much more later. The current regulatory landscape also complicates this transformation.… [more]

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Getting Past Rate Fixation to the Benefits of the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): Marilyn Brown
Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: May 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Making use of energy efficiency can help contain the cost of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and reduce electricity bills. Yet as climate policy discussions try to balance the urgent demand for quick action with upfront capital investments, the benefits of energy efficiency must be viewed in the long term. As efficiency programs are being ramped up by utilities with an over-capacity of power plants, rates may rise for a few years before they fall. Policymakers and stakeholders need to get past “rate fixation” to see the long-term value of energy efficiency. With the strong “nudge” of the… [more]

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Natural Gas and Reliability

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: May 8, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Full Title: Natural Gas and Reliability Author(s): America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Publisher(s): America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Publication Date: 05/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The electric utility industry, regulators and policymakers know that we need clean, efficient and affordable electricity to reduce emissions and strengthen our economy. Clean, abundant and affordable natural gas is ready to play an even greater role in the diverse mix of energy sources that will power America’s future. As we contemplate our energy choices, it’s worthwhile to consider a number of facts: As a result of the shale revolution, America has vast supplies… [more]

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Developing Water/Energy Policies for the Smart City of the Future

Author(s): Bobbi Harris
Founder and CEO
SMART WATER, SMART CITY LLC
Date: April 21, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Around the country, a new conversation is emerging among municipal leaders and utility executives as they explore the energy/water nexus. While Senator Murkowski started the discussion at the federal level in 2014, local leaders are just beginning to question the impact of the energy/water nexus. The water/energy nexus deals with the need for water to produce energy, and for energy to treat and distribute clean water. Water infrastructure is an essential public service in any city and is intrinsically linked to energy. Smart technologies and smart strategies for water and energy utilities are needed to address conservation challenges and form… [more]

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Evolution of the Grid Edge: Pathways to Transformation

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 16, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Full Title: Evolution of the Grid Edge: Pathways to Transformation Author(s): A GTM Research Whitepaper Publisher(s): GTM Research Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): ​​The three GTM Research-identified pathways: ​”​The Advanced Energy Consumer,​”​ ​”​The Innovative Regulator,​”​ and ​”​The Proactive Energy Provider”​ offer some milestones as to when various grid edge technology decisions are likely to be made. Though some of these may appear on the surface to have similar tendencies, it can be used as a framework for solution providers to plan where their offerings could offer the most value to utilities and energy providers undergoing this transformation.

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