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Utility Dive: The power grid faced heat waves, record demand and tight conditions in 2022. What happens next?

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Nov 22, 2022

Utility Dive examined grid reliability issues popping up across the U.S., quoting Amisha Rai and Caitlin Marquis on regional and national solutions. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Power systems across the U.S. faced challenging grid reliability conditions over the past year, but managed to avoid the worst-case scenario of prolonged outages thanks to a combination of policy measures implemented over the last couple of years and luck, experts say.

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Topics: California Engagement, 21st Century Electricity System, Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Texas, Caitlin Marquis, Amisha Rai

E&E News: Northeast embraces first-of-a-kind virtual power plant

Posted by Miranda Willson on Oct 13, 2022

E&E News reported on the announcement from AEE member company Sunrun that it had become the first company to provide power to customers through the use of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in a regional energy market. AEE's Caitlin Marquis explained why the development was so important, and what still needs to happen in ISO-NE and in other regional energy markets to make VPP use more common. Read snippets below and the full article here.

New England became the first regional energy market to use a virtual power plant this summer, with thousands of home solar and battery storage projects exporting power to the grid.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Caitlin Marquis

Grid: Could Russia’s invasion of Ukraine make it more expensive to keep the lights on in New England this winter?

Posted by Matthew Zeitlin on Sep 19, 2022

Grid outlined New England's squeeze between a fossil-fuel-reliant present and renewable-energy future, quoting AEE's Caitlin Marquis on ISO-NE’s challenge to get enough natural gas during the winter months. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Like much of Europe, New England is transforming its electric grid, retiring coal, oil and nuclear plants, leaving it largely dependent on natural gas to keep the lights on and power its homes.

And, like much of Europe, New England could be on track for an expensive winter.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Caitlin Marquis

Emerging Tech Brew: Texas grid operators are plugging into virtual power plants

Posted by Grace Donnelly and Jenn Brice on Aug 15, 2022

Emerging Tech Brew detailed how virtual power plants can support grid reliability, citing AEE's Cailtin Marquis and TAEBA's Ignacio Guajardo on the technology and Texas' pilot program. Read snippets below and the full article here.

While virtual power plants might sound like some made-up metaverse feature, they are very real—and they’re powered by actual homes and businesses.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, Caitlin Marquis, Ignacio Guajardo

Canary Media: FERC Order 2222: Experts offer cheers and jeers for first round of filings

Posted by Jeff St. John on Mar 14, 2022

Canary Media detailed how U.S. grid operators are planning to open up their energy markets to distributed energy, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on FERC Order 2222 and initial implementation plans and Caitlin Marquis on baseline erosion. Read snippets below and the full article here

The future of the power grid lies in tapping the gigawatts of capacity coming from distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, home batteries, electric vehicles and energy-smart devices — DERs for short. Ultimately, this will radically reconfigure how the U.S. electricity grid works. But getting there will be a long and complicated process...

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Caitlin Marquis, Jeff Dennis

E&E News: Northeast grid rules could make or break clean energy

Posted by Miranda Willson on Nov 22, 2021

E&E News detailed potential changes underway for New England’s grid operator, quoting AEE's Caitlin Marquis on renewable energy goals. Read snippets below and the full story here.

New England’s grid operator is considering an overhaul of regional power market rules that could determine whether Northeast states meet their clean energy goals, creating uncertainty in a region pivotal for reaching President Biden’s push for 100 percent clean electricity.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Caitlin Marquis