Utility Dive: Navigating utility business model reform - A practical guide


Utility Dive published this piece illuminating the need for an evolution of the utility business model that will support the next century’s needs as powerful trends for a cleaner energy generation takes surge across the nation. This is the first in a six-part series on utility business model reform by Rocky Mountain Institute, America’s Power Plan, and Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Summaries of five case studies are to follow. See excerpts below and read the entire Utility Dive piece here.

It's increasingly likely that conventional fossil-fuel power plants won't comprise the core of our future electricity grid. A growing number of state mandates require a transition to cleaner generation, while utilities are embracing renewable energy as key investment strategies…

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GreentechMedia: The Top 10 Utility Regulatory Trends of 2018

Posted by Coley Girouard on Jan 18, 2019

GreentechMedia published AEE’s Coley Girouard’s piece spotlighting the top 10 regulatory developments of the past year, giving context on what to watch for in 2019. See the entire Green Tech Media piece here.

In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018  so far. With 2018 behind us, we check in again on the top public utility commission actions and trends of the past year.

Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables continuing their downward price trajectory, to approvals for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to exploration of utility business model reforms and non-wires alternatives, to traditional distribution investments. Here is the full roundup of the top 10 matters before public utility commissions in 2018.

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Utility Dive: The Keystone State may have found the key to the next wave of transportation electrification

Posted by Herman Trabish on Jan 11, 2019

Utility Dive provides insight into how steps taken in Pennsylvania’s widely collaborative new EV initiative may serve as blueprint for other states. AEE perspective is included with comments by Market Development VP Matt Stanberry and reference to AEE’s recently released Regulatory Plan for America's Electric Transportation Future. See excerpts below and read the entire Utility Dive story here:

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Vox: Texas’s wind and sunlight complement each other exceptionally well. That’s huge for its grid.

Posted by Umair Irfan on Jan 8, 2019

Vox presents findings from a new Rice University study that shows solar and wind energy resources in Texas complement each other well. The piece dives into what is needed for the state to reimagine its power grid to leverage this power, and includes a reference to a Brattle Report produced for AEE Institute that estimated ERCOT could feasibly integrate 50 percent of renewables. See excerpts below and read the entire Vox story here.

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Energy News Network: Sharing systems could help building owners get more from microgrids

Posted by Kevin Stark on Jan 3, 2019

In this article Energy News Network looks at the potential for shared microgrids like the one recently established on Chicago’s Museum Campus. AEE's Ryan Katofsky shares his perspective. See excerpts below and the entire Energy News Network story here:

Shared microgrids can help building owners lower costs and boost resilience, but big questions need to be sorted out first on how the systems operate. 

While still a fledgling market, shared microgrids — sometimes called multi-user microgrids — are gaining increased attention from researchers and industry players. As with single-user microgrids, the systems combine some type of energy storage and generation with technology that allows them to separate from the larger grid in the event of a power outage or other disruption.

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S&P Global: Outlook 2019: Big Year for power, natgas players under FERC

Posted by Sean Sullivan and Jasmin Melvin on Jan 2, 2019

This piece from S&P Global addresses what is on the docket so for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2019 and the overarching impact this will have on U.S. power and natural gas sectors. The AEE perspective is given by Jeff Dennis, the General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs. See excerpts below and the entire S&P Global story here: 

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RTO Insider: Ailing Chair, Resilience Inquiry Topped FERC News in 2018

Posted by Rich Heidorn Jr. on Dec 30, 2019

RTO Insider reported on FERC commission activity, highlighting various perspectives as the new year of 2019 approaches. AEE’s view is included, quoting Dylan Reed, Head of Congressional Affairs as he noted the significant market opportunity in implementing Order 841 (energy storage) and the expected rule for distributed energy resources. See excerpts below and read the entire RTO Insider story here.

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Northern Nevada Business View: NV Energy’s $198 million renewable energy expansion approved

Posted by Geoff Dornan on Dec 24, 2018

Northern Nevada Business View reported on NV Energy’s three-year energy plan that was recently approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. AEE’s perspective is included, quoting Ray Fakhoury, State Policy Associate. See excerpts below and read the entire story here:

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GreentechMedia: California Regulators Open a New Chapter in Utility EV Charging Policy

Posted by Jeff St. John on Dec 19, 2018

GreentechMedia  covers CPUC's unanimous vote to address issues that surround utility investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure that support the state’s goals for transportation electrification. AEE’s Matt Stranberry comments on the market impact., and AEE members' letter of concern is cited. See excerpts below and the full GreentechMedia story here.

A new CPUC docket on EV charging doesn’t freeze funding for years, as industry groups feared. But it will introduce questions about utilities’ role in the state’s electric transportation future.

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to open a new proceeding aimed at addressing the many questions about how billions of utility dollars should be spent on building out an electric vehicle charging infrastructure to meet the state’s lofty transportation electrification goals.

And fortunately for the EV industry, it doesn’t contain a poison pill that could freeze the needed funding to solve all these challenges

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Utility Drive: Energy groups pan NERC generation retirement report for 'extreme' assumptions

Posted by Gavin Bade on Dec 19, 2018

Utility Dive covers the response of energy and consumer groups to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC’s) generation retirement report. AEE concerns are stated by Jeff Dennis. See excerpts below and read the entire Utility Dive story here:

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