Potential for Peak Demand Reduction in Indiana

Posted by Reports on Feb 6, 2018 4:06:00 PM

Publish Date: February 6, 2018

The report examines potential for savings from reducing peak demand using three different market strategies: curtailing commercial and industrial electricity demand; installing more smart thermostats across Indiana’s residential sector; and deploying energy storage technologies.

Examining the impact of these strategies under scenarios representative of avoided costs in Indiana, the analysis shows that net benefits for electric ratepayers (total savings minus costs) range from $448 million to $2.3 billion over 10 years.

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Topics: State Policy, 21st Century Electricity System

Utility Earnings in a Service-Oriented World

Posted by Reports on Jan 29, 2018 4:17:00 PM

Publish Date: January 29, 2018

Throughout the economy, companies are finding efficiencies and operational benefits through services provided by third parties instead of physical assets that they own and manage.

However, under prevailing cost-of-service regulation, electric utilities may be discouraged from using such services, since they do not generate profits the way that investments in capital assets do.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, Utility, Regulatory

Cybersecurity in a Distributed Energy Future: Addressing the Challenges and Protecting the Grid from a Cyberattack

Posted by Reports on Jan 17, 2018 4:20:00 PM

Publish Date: January 17, 2018

The paper identifies key challenges, best practices, and strategies for consideration by state and federal policymakers and regulators, as well as utilities and technology providers, to keep the evolving energy system safe from cyberattack.

Intended to inform decision makers about ways to make a power grid (characterized by widespread introduction of advanced and intelligent energy technologies) secure against cyberattack, the paper highlights: cybersecurity threats; eight cybersecurity best practices; policy and regulatory frameworks; seven specific protective measures and protocols for grid operators; and six overall recommendations.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System

21st Century Electricity System Issue Briefs

Posted by Reports on Aug 15, 2017 4:34:00 PM

Publish Date: August 15, 2017

The U.S. utility sector has entered a period of foundational change, not seen since the restructuring of the late 1990s. Change is being driven by new technologies, evolving customer needs and desires, environmental imperatives and an increased focus on grid resiliency.

With these developments come challenges, but also new opportunities to create an energy system that meets the changing expectations of consumers and society for the coming decades. We call this the 21st Century Electricity System: a high-performing, customer-focused electricity system that is efficient, flexible, resilient, reliable, affordable, safe, secure and clean.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, Regulatory

The Basics of Distributed Energy Resources for a Modern Grid

Posted by Reports on Jul 11, 2017 4:56:00 PM

Publish Date: July 11, 2017

Written in collaboration between Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), this report presents a reading guide for the modern grid.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System