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Ohio Regulators’ Controversial $600 Million for FirstEnergy

Author(s): Dick Munson
Director, Midwest Clean Energy
Environmental Defense Fund
Date: October 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

In a long-awaited decision, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved a $600 million electricity rate plan for Ohio utilities provider, FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy has been struggling financially since a 2011 merger with Allegheny Energy. The utility paid a premium to acquire Allegheny’s coal dependency just as the cost of natural gas began its rapid decline. The PUCO decision was in response to FirstEnergy’s $4 billion bailout plan, which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected after determining the bailout equated to an illegal subsidy that distorted competitive electricity markets. In order to avoid FERC jurisdiction, FirstEnergy revised its bailout… [more]

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Is Utility Solar Better Than Residential Solar To Meet Renewable Goals?

Author(s): Herschel Specter
President
Micro-Utilities, Inc.
Date: October 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Twenty-nine states have renewable energy mandates. California’s mandate calls for 33% renewable energy by 2020 while New York State mandates 50% of its electricity be renewable by 2030. It is one thing to set energy or electricity mandates and quite another to achieve them. New York is quite fortunate; today 26% of its electricity comes from renewable electricity sources. However, large hydroelectric facilities today provide 80% of NY’s renewable electricity electricity and, unless more hydropower is imported from Canada, an expanded contribution from large hydropower seems unlikely. So to meet this 50% mandate, solar and wind which today produce 5.2%… [more]

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The Nimble Utility: Creating the Next Generation Workforce

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 20, 2016 at 11:45 PM

Full Title: The Nimble Utility: Creating the Next Generation Workforce Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In the past, a utility’s success was predicated on its ability to maintain its fair share of the “pie” with hopes that it would continue to grow. Now, however, the pie is not only growing; it is completely changing. Disruptive technologies and other transformative developments mean that growth opportunities are quickly emerging in every area of the market. Unfortunately, most utilities are stuck playing catch‑up. They are clearly focused on the immediate issues of upgrading aging infrastructure, adopting interactive… [more]

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Regulatory Foresight and The Next Generation Utility: Enhancing Value Amidst Policy and Technological Uncertainty

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 8:54 PM

Full Title: Regulatory Foresight and The Next Generation Utility: Enhancing Value Amidst Policy and Technological Uncertainty Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Next generation utilities should develop regulatory foresight to anticipate both the desirable and unwanted impacts of new technologies and policies, and create the internal flexibility to respond appropriately. Developing regulatory foresight to manage uncertainty will look different for each utility. However, the basic building blocks include two major principles: • Expanding far-sighted thinking • Engaging in entrepreneurial policy-making The co-evolution of technology and policy is exciting, even if there are potential pitfalls with an… [more]

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Utility Analytics: Seizing the Opportunities to Improve Service, Reduce Costs and Increase Reliability.

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 8:50 PM

Full Title: Utility Analytics: Seizing the Opportunities to Improve Service, Reduce Costs and Increase Reliability. Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Successful utility data analytics strategies are those which adopt true enterprise solutions, incorporating data from across the power infrastructure with other external data sources to create actionable intelligence and situational awareness. In order to secure this comprehensive picture, the industry needs to manage the development and deployment of advanced analytics applications and understand that this requires a very different process from traditional software development. In this new world, applications need to be deployed rapidly… [more]

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Energy Storage and The Next Generation Utility: A Strategy Guide for the Future

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 8:46 PM

Full Title: Energy Storage and The Next Generation Utility: A Strategy Guide for the Future Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Throughout the world, energy storage technologies are at a turning point. They are becoming more flexible, efficient and capable of reliably delivering energy to consumers, as needed. They are also playing a pivotal role in the growth of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. As technology costs decline and efficiency improves, we expect to see this market expand rapidly over a short period of time. For example, GTM Research expects the US Energy Storage annual… [more]

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Leading-Edge Technology Evolution and The Next Generation Utility: Dynamic Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 8:41 PM

Full Title: Leading-Edge Technology Evolution and The Next Generation Utility Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In this report, we delve into this dynamic set of developments and suggest a new way of looking at the future of the electricity system, a paradigm we call DynamicEnergyTM. It’s an energy environment in which two-way transactions become the new normal. In the DynamicEnergyTM model, load can follow supply as reliably as supply now follows load, with customer behaviors triggered by price and engineering conditions, and with the ever-shifting demands and supplies of the energy network controlled by… [more]

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Next Generation Utility: Finding a Path through the Haze

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 8:37 PM

Full Title: Next Generation Utility: Finding a Path through the Haze Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Around the world, the electric utilities industry is talking about low carbon, renewables, commodity prices, distributed energy resources (DERs), smart grid, customer engagement, shareholder value, workforce transformation and the impact all or some combination of these factors are likely to have on the traditional business models for energy suppliers and network operators. The influence these forces are having on the industry clearly depends on geography, as well as the overall policy and regulatory environment. However, there are more similarities than… [more]

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Delivering the Next Generation Utility Customer Experience

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 8:28 PM

Full Title: Delivering the Next Generation Utility Customer Experience Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Technology is driving change in the utility sector faster today than it has since the advent of the industry more than a century ago. For utility customers – ranging from the largest corporations to individual households – new technologies are offering different ways to interact with their utility, from paying a bill to sourcing generation. Many utilities have only just begun to transform the customer experience. However, a growing number of utilities no longer see their customers simply as ratepayers… [more]

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

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: 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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