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Presentation June 25, 2015

Smart Gas Investment for a Risk-Aware Transition: aka Swiss Army Knife or Meat Cleaver?

By Carl Linvill

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) predict that more than $500 billion will need to be invested in gas generation and midstream infrastructure by 2035. Investment of this magnitude obviously requires careful consideration. Over-commitment to long-term gas investment could lead to many stranded...

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Presentation June 24, 2015

Leading Edge Thinking on Integrated Resource Planning

By Jim Lazar

In response to the overbuilding of power sector infrastructure in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to $100 billion in abandoned projects, integrated resource planning (IRP) has evolved away from utility-centric planning that focused on major generation investments toward a customer-focused approach. In an address to the Minnesota E-21 Initiative, Jim Lazar highligh...

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Presentation June 19, 2015

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Opportunities and Impacts for Transmission and Renewables

By Ken Colburn

Faced with crafting a plan for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), states must weigh the risks and rewards of numerous compliance options as they strive to reduce emissions, maintain reliability, and meet public policy goals. At the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition Workshop, Ken Colburn provided insight into the ...

Air Quality and Multi-Pollutant Strategies, Climate and Public Health, Distribution Resource Planning, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability, Reliability Download View Summary
Presentation June 19, 2015

Sustainable Rate Design for a Modern Grid

By Richard Sedano

Equitable rate design principles stipulate that customers should be able to connect to the grid for no more than the cost of connecting to the grid, they should pay for grid services and power supply in proportion to how much they use and when they use it, and those supplying power to the grid should be compensated fairly for the value of the power they supply. A...

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation June 19, 2015

The Basics of Decoupling: A Superior Solution to the Throughput Incentive

By Jim Lazar

Traditional revenue regulation motivates utilities to increase sales and to resist any measures that would reduce sales—this is also known as the throughput incentive. Yet this simple equation works at cross-purposes with public policy and energy efficiency goals. Jim Lazar spoke with the New Hampshire Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board about the be...

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Presentation June 9, 2015

Power Sector Transformation in the States

By Richard Sedano

The rise in customer resources, technology improvements, escalating grid costs, and environmental imperatives are driving the transformation of the energy sector in the United States. At the Keystone Energy Conference, Richard Sedano examined the motivating factors behind reform activities in eight states across the country. While climate change mitigation, resil...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Grid-Scale Renewables, Market Design, Power Markets and Reliability, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Reliability, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation June 8, 2015

The Evolving Distribution System

By Richard Sedano

Historically, residential consumption of electricity has been a simple, one-way transaction. The consumer purchases power, which is supplied by the local utility. With customers now generating their own power, universities implementing combined heat and power systems, and innovators establishing microgrids, the distribution system is in a state of flux. Utilities...

Demand Response, Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Presentation June 7, 2015

EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the States: Overview, Issues, and Opportunities

By Ken Colburn

In its hotly-debated Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule requiring a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants below 2005 levels. Each state must meet an individual emission performance goal through a compliance plan that it may tailor to its specific requirements. In this insightful presentat...

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Presentation June 7, 2015

Implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Menu of Options

By David Farnsworth

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants is grabbing headlines daily as states weigh their options for compliance. In addition to the four “building blocks” set forth by EPA for meeting reduction targets, regulators have a vast array of options available. RAP ...

Climate and Public Health, Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Greenhouse Gas Management, Grid-Scale Renewables, Integrated Energy and Environmental Policy Download View Summary
Presentation June 5, 2015

Realising Europe’s “Efficiency Pipeline”

By Richard Cowart, Edith Bayer

Europe currently imports 66 percent of its natural gas, mainly for end-use in buildings. As the European power markets evolve, the value of natural gas for generating electricity is on the rise. Yet this development could have serious repercussions down the road. Gas is comparatively expensive in Europe, harmful to the environment, and it gets weak marks for ener...

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