Energy Central: UK RIIO Sets Out to Demo How a Performance-Based Reg Model Can Deliver Value

Posted by Coley Girouard on Jun 11, 2019

Energy Central republished this case study, originally published by Utility Dive, as the final installment in a six-part series on utility business model reform produced by Rocky Mountain Institute, America's Power Plan, and Advanced Energy Economy Institute. See excerpts below and read the entire EC post here.

In the United States... traditional cost-of-service regulation favors utility capital investment in long-lived assets rather than rewarding utilities for their performance against desired policy objectives and it discourages utilities from taking advantage of the general shift in the economy to service-based solutions provided by third parties. 

A decade ago, the United Kingdom's Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, known as Ofgem, set out on a mission to develop a new regulatory framework that would reward utilities for innovation and for meeting the changing expectations of consumers and society. The culmination of that process was the development of a framework referred to as RIIO.

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Electric Power & Light: Six Steps to Help Large Customers Satisfy Their Renewable Energy Appetite

Posted by Caitlin Marquis on Jun 11, 2019

Electric Power & Light published this piece by AEE's Caitlin Marquis that shares a simple process for utilities to work with large corporate energy buyers to meet their growing demand for renewable energy needed to reach their sustainability targets. Read excerpts below and the full EPL article here.
 
 

In response to requests from their largest customers, a growing number of utilities across the country have introduced voluntary renewable energy offerings. These programs, often called renewable energy tariffs or green tariffs, reflect a fundamental shift in the relationship customers want with their electricity providers. Instead of simply expecting utilities to provide reliable service at the lowest possible cost, companies now want to partner with their utilities to ensure that the source of this low-cost, reliable power also aligns with their organizational needs. For the growing number of companies that have set renewable energy or sustainability goals, this means increased access to renewables and other forms of advanced energy.

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Microgrid Knowledge: Texas Utility Commission to Take Up Utility Ownership of Storage Assets

Posted by Ken Silverstein on Jun 10, 2019

Microgrid Knowledge highlights the energy storage docket before the PUCT with perspective from Suzanne Bertin who heads Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance. This follows after no action from the legislature. See excerpts below and read the entire piece here.

The Texas Public Utility Commission is expected to address a lingering question this summer: Are utilities permitted to own battery storage to provide reliability solutions — if the competitive market there is unable to do so?

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E&E News: Meet 9 State Regulators Who Are 'Shaking Things Up'

Posted by E&E News Staff on Jun 6, 2019

 As part of its series on key players in energy and the environment, E&E News takes a look at state regulators with important influence, quoting AEE's Hannah Polikov about Ted Thomas, Chair of the Ark.PSC. Besides Thomas, E&E News staff profiles Brandon Presley, PSC Chair for Miss. and incoming NARUC President, Samuel Randazzo, Chair of Ohio's PUC, Ellen Nowak of Wisc. PSC, Ga. PSC's Jason Shaw, S.C. PSC's Tom Ervin, Ariz. Corp. Commission's Sandra Kennedy, Stephen Fischmann of N.M.'s PRC,  and RI PUC's Abigail Anthony. See excerpts below and the entire story here.

The shuttering of coal plants, an aggressive push for renewables and the proliferation of electric vehicles are creating a new energy landscape in the United States. Meet the state regulators working on the front lines.

Among those in the trenches is Brandon Presley, selected by Southeastern utility regulators to head up the nation's most powerful group of state regulators. He's also a distant cousin of Elvis Presley and is now poised to lead the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) (Greenwire, June 5). Presley, chairman of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, helped quash development on an experimental coal project in the Magnolia State...

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PV Magazine: #Solar100's Nat Kreamer: Clean Energy's Captain America

Posted by Richard Matsui on Jun 3, 2019

Richard Matsui, Founder & CEO of kWh Analytics, interviewed AEE CEO Nat Kreamer for his latest #Solar100 leaders profile published by PV Magazine here. See excerpts below:

Nat Kreamer served in the Afghan War with special forces in the U.S. Navy, helped found what is now the largest residential solar company in the United States, held the position of board chair at Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and was recognized by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” for his work as a veteran in clean energy.

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Ohio LTE: This is Not the 1950's

Posted by Carole Daley on May 31, 2019

The Lima News published this letter to the editor urging citizens to contact Ohio state senator Matt Huffman (District 12) to weigh in against HB6 which would gut renewable and energy efficiency programs while subsidizing aging nuclear and coal plants. The author quotes Ohio AEE president Ted Ford on the impact to consumers. See excerpts of letter below and in its entirety online here.

Ohio’s House of Representatives gutted programs that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, while shoring up the aging nuclear and two coal fired plants built in 1955, claiming to reduce payment for consumers. Both nuclear and coal fired have been failing due to the country moving toward clean energy...

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How Market Barriers Prevent Advanced Energy Participation in Wholesale Markets

Posted by Monique Hanis on May 23, 2019

New report provides 21 case studies of market rules that thwart new 
technologies — some that have been corrected, many that still stand in the way 
of technology-neutral competition on price and performance

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2019 — Wholesale electricity markets should be technology-neutral, allowing all resources to compete on price and performance. Many market rules are outdated, however, having been designed with older technologies in mind. Such rules can prevent new technologies from selling their services on the open market, which stifles innovation and keeps our electricity system from being modernized for higher performance.

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Ohio AEE Denounces Bill to Prop Up Failing Power Plants at Expense of Advanced Energy Resources that Support 112,000 Ohio Jobs

Posted by Monique Hanis on May 22, 2019

Ohio House Energy and Natural Resource Committee adopts Sub. HB 6, a bill that creates new “electricity tax” on all Ohioans for benefit of FirstEnergy Solutions and owners of old coal plants

COLUMBUS, May 22, 2018 — Today, Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee adopted, on a party line vote, substitute House Bill 6 for consideration, which would create a new “electricity tax” on all Ohioans to bankroll FirstEnergy Solutions’ failing nuclear facilities while gutting the state’s advanced energy standards and threatening the jobs of 112,000 Ohioans working in the advanced energy industry that will power Ohio in the future. A committee vote on the bill is expected tomorrow.

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PoliticoPro: FERC Affirms Storage Order

Posted by Gavin Bade on May 16, 2019

Politico Pro reported on FERC's decision today not to rehear arguments on Order 841 that allows energy storage providers to participate in wholesale power markets, including AEE's Jeff Dennis' reaction. See the full Politico piece here (sub. req.) and excerpts below.

FERC today declined to rehear arguments on its landmark order allowing energy storage providers to participate in wholesale power markets. Commissioners voted 3-1 to leave Order 841 in place, dismissing a request from electric cooperatives and municipal utilities to let states opt-out of letting distribution-connected storage participate in wholesale markets.

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Fox11 News (Reno): Assembly Passes Bill Funding Electric School Buses, Semi-Trucks

Posted by Fox News Team on May 15, 2019

Fox11 News (Reno) covered Assembly passage of SB299 and AB377, bills that advance electric transportation in Nevada, including perspective from AEE's Ray Fakhoury. See excerpts below and the entire story here.

The Nevada Assembly passed Senate Bill 299 Wednesday that would provide funding for Nevada school districts to invest in electric school buses. The vote was with overwhelming support, 39-1. The bill will now head to Governor Sisolak's desk for his signature...
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