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GTM Squared: Arizona’s Shifting Approach to Distributed Energy: Reaching Across the Utility-Customer Divide

Posted by Jeff St. John on Oct 23, 2020

GTM Squared reported on how the changing role of distributed-level solar will help Arizona reach its climate targets, referencing AEE. Read excerpts below and the full piece here (sub. req.).

A state known for utility fights against rooftop solar is now taking steps to enlist customers in balancing a clean-powered grid. Arizona is one of the most solar-saturated states in the country, ranking fifth in overall solar capacity and third for residential rooftop solar. It’s also one of the hottest states in the country, with climate change pushing that heat to record levels this summer. This combination is pushing the Republican-dominated state’s energy policies in increasing alignment with its Democratic-controlled, solar-rich and climate-change-wracked neighbor to the west.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: ‘Game-Changer’ FERC Order Opens Up Wholesale Grid Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

Posted by Jeff St. John on Sep 17, 2020

Greentech Media covered the recent FERC order requiring wholesale markets to embrace DERs, noting AEE's approval. Read excerpts below and the entire Greentech Media piece here.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has passed a long-awaited order to open up the country’s wholesale energy markets to distributed energy resources (DERs) like rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and electric vehicles. Now comes the hard part: creating market rules that allow these DERs to play in bulk energy markets while retaining the role of state regulators and utilities to maintain the soundness of their distribution grid operations and retail DER programs. 

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: FERC Order May Undermine Renewables, Energy Storage in New York's Capacity Markets

Posted by Jeff St. John on Sep 9, 2020

Greentech Media covered FERCs rejection of the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and battery resources to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM piece here. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and batteries to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market. That may give the state's regulators and policymakers more reason to consider alternatives to federally regulated energy markets. In a Friday order, FERC’s Republican majority denied grid operator NYISO’s proposal to restructure what it terms its “buyer-side market power mitigation rules” to allow wind, solar, batteries and other carbon-free resources to compete against fossil-fueled power plants in its Installed Capacity Market...

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Topics: AEE In The News

GTM Squared: Utilities Have a Cloud Computing Problem

Posted by Jeff St. John on Aug 3, 2020

GTM Squared covered the recent Illinois ICC cloud-computing decision and regulatory challenges utilities face with IT investments, quoting AEE's Danny Waggoner and AEE member Oracle Utilities. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM Squared piece here (sub. req.).

Utilities are facing a future that will require massive investment in software. So why are they lagging behind many other industries in tapping the cost, speed, flexibility and scalability benefits of switching from utility-owned and managed servers and software to software-as-a-service and cloud computing alternatives? One reason is the cost-of-service regulatory model that allows utilities to earn a guaranteed rate of return on capital expenditures, or capex, while relegating operating expenditures, or opex, to being a mere cost of doing business...

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: 'Enormous Step' for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jul 10, 2020

Greentech Media covered the federal appeals court decision upholding FERC's Order 841, a win for the energy storage market, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire Greentech Media piece here.

In a victory for the energy storage industry, a federal appeals court has upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841, clearing the way for transmission grid operators across the country to open their markets to energy storage, including aggregated batteries connected at the distribution grid or behind customers’ meters...

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GTM Squared: Grid Edge Mega-Trends: Bridging the Distributed Energy-Wholesale Market Divide

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jul 10, 2020

GTM2 covered the challenges of incorporating DERs into the grid in the context of FERC Order 841 under consideration by U.S. Appeals Court, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM2 piece here (sub. req.). 

Back in 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order 841, a groundbreaking effort to open interstate transmission grid markets to energy storage systems. Part of FERC’s mandate to the country’s regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) included finding ways to allow aggregated, distribution-grid-connected storage — and eventually, a whole panoply of DERs — to be included in their new market structures...

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Greentech Media: The 4 Things PG&E Must Do to Survive and Thrive Post-Bankruptcy

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jun 17, 2020

Greentech Media covered how PG&E could recover from bankruptcy, quoting AEE's Amisha Rai. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM piece here.

PG&E faces a long and difficult road ahead. The San Francisco-based utility is emerging from bankruptcy with a massive debt load that could make it harder to raise the tens of billions of dollars of investment needed to prevent its power grid from causing more devastating wildfires. It’s struggling to find cost-effective ways to protect millions of customers from fire-prevention blackouts that may need to continue for years...

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Greentech Media: How Demand-Side Management is Evolving Under the Long COVID-19 Emergency

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jun 4, 2020

GTM Squared covered the state of demand-side management during the covid-19 pandemic, quoting AEE's Lisa Frantzis. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM2 piece here (sub. req.). 

Of all the U.S. clean energy industries, demand-side management — the utility term of art for energy efficiency and other programs that manage energy use behind the customer's meter — has been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. More than two-thirds of the nearly 600,000 U.S. clean energy jobs lost in March and April were in the energy efficiency sector, according to BW Research. Most of those job losses came at the small businesses that do about 80 percent of the country’s efficiency work, but they’ve also struck nationwide efficiency contractors and utility program administrators...

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Greentech Media: 5 Coronavirus Threats for US Utilities as Earnings Season Kicks Off

Posted by Jeff St. John on Apr 28, 2020

Greentech Media covered how the Utility industry, often thought to be immune to economic declines, is facing challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, quoting AEE's Lisa Frantzis. Read excerpts below and the entire Greentech Media piece here. 

The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy, and while electric utilities may be relatively sheltered from the storm that’s overtaking other economic sectors, they are not immune. In the past month, crashing oil prices have roiled international energy markets and pushed some U.S. oil and natural-gas producers to file for bankruptcy. Meanwhile, electricity demand has taken a dive as businesses and factories have closed down under state orders or economic duress, leading the U.S. Energy Information Administration to predict a 3 percent drop in electricity generation over the course of 2020...

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Greentech Media: Virginia Mandates 100% Clean Power by 2045

Posted by Jeff St. John on Mar 6, 2020

Greentech Media reported details about the just-passed Virginia Clean Economy Act quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM piece here. North American Windpower, Solar Power World, CleanTechnica, SmartGrid Today (sub. req.), and E&E News also covered the news, quoting Godfrey.

The Clean Economy Act passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 51-45 vote on Thursday and the state Senate by a 22-17 vote on Friday, clearing the way for the bill to be signed by Governor Ralph Northam, who issued an executive order calling for it last year. Both votes were carried by Democrats who won majorities in both houses from Republicans in last year’s election, although one House Democrat voted against it and one Republican Senator voted in favor of it. 

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