Resource Adequacy and California’s transition to 50% renewable among its IOUs by 2020

When California’s lawmakers mandated 60% renewables by 2030 and targeted zero emissions by 2045 in Senate Bill 100, passed in September, they took on never-before-answered questions about reliability. One of those questions is how to keep the lights on without natural gas at the most supply-constrained times and places. Instead of a capacity market, which many systems use to meet these spikes, …

Next Gen Utility directions and business models

In our recent 2017 sector survey, only 5% of utility professionals said their business model does not need to evolve, while 90% said they are exploring new business opportunities around DERs. Though appetite for change is present, a clear menu of options remains elusive. Respondents indicated a variety of preferences for business model reforms, and differences in state regulations mean …

Northern Indiana to go from 65% coal today to 0% by 2028 and save $4 billion in the process

Nov 8th, Clean Technica excerpt – full article at link On October 31, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. filed its latest Integrated Resource Plan— the company’s road map to the future. After considering more than 30 different proposals, NIPSCO found a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and demand management — along with a small amount of purchases from Midcontinent ISO — to be …

$4 billion NJ PSEG unveils 6-year clean energy plan, spending $2.8B on energy efficiency

Robert Walton Utility Dive, Sept. 28, 2018 Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSEG) on Wednesday unveiled a $4 billion clean energy plan aimed at helping New Jersey meet aggressive environmental goals while also reducing customer bills. The Clean Energy Future (CEF) proposal includes investments in energy storage, smart meters and electric vehicle infrastructure, but its largest component by far is energy efficiency. …

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity”

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity,” Dan Whitten, SEIA’s vice president of communications, told Utility Dive. Many of SEIA’s members — solar manufacturers, installers and developers — profit from pro-solar and pro-distributed energy policies. The poll said 88% of voters agreed that utilities should not be able to block residential solar. That margin increased to 96% when asking …

Zero-carbon grids are set to power the #FutureFaster

By Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition “There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost”. That’s the conclusion of Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who led a recent study in the rollout of …

Coal & Gas Are Too Variable To Be Worth Considering 

By George Harvey, Coal and Gas Are Too Variable to Be Worth Considering on Clean Technica, October 1st, 2018   In one extremely important way, coal and gas are too variable to be worth considering. We have heard it over and over. People whose thoughts go no deeper than common knowledge make the statement, “The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t …

Renewables Grid Initiative and operating very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems in Germany

Key to a Success Renewable Energy Transition, October 1, 2018, The Beam Olivier Feix is Head of Environmental Protection and Permitting at the German transmission system operator (TSO) 50Hertz, which operates in a region with very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems (RES). He is also Co-Chairman of the Board of the “Renewables Grid Initiative,” of the ‘DialogGesellschaft’ and …

To keep 2 C within range, coal has to be gone in OECD countries before 2030. For 1.5 C, it’s ASAP

RMI 2018  |  By Annie Benn et al. ReportL Managing the Coal Capital Transition DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY Coal was the preeminent fuel for grid-based electricity generation around the world for the better part of a century, but its time is coming to an end. With this transition, however, workers and communities are experiencing layoffs and the owners of coal-fired power plants are bracing themselves …

Actionable strategy for utility reform

“E–Lab aims to inspire and support change agents in the US electricity sector,” said Coreina Chan, a principal at RMI who oversees e–Lab. “We are helping to create the most critical concepts and tests with the most critical people in the industry. We’ll be hosting representatives from utilities large and small, regulatory agencies, technology providers, investors, customer voices and others who are coming together …