Open electricity markets

Open Electricity Markets ”Open” Markets = fair, competitive, deregulated, or choice markets. Avoid “Enrons” by insuring lots of competition. A city or county chooses default suppliers. Individuals and businesses can opt-out directly to the market The Nevada Legislature to Minimize Regulations on the Energy Market and Eliminate Legal Energy Monopolies Amendment, also known as Question 3, was on the November …

The feds just gave batteries and rooftop solar panels access to big-time energy markets:  Distributed energy will be able to play in wholesale energy markets. That’s a big deal.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Nov 22, 2016, 9:40am EST Stronger together.(Shutterstock) Given the state of US politics, it’s safe to say that very few people are paying attention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) right now — even fewer than usual, I mean. However, in its quiet and nerdy way, FERC just did something that could help drive a paradigm …

WIth the right policies, passenger vehicles could shift to power by electricity and renewables

By Patricia Monahan and Dan Adler in Utility Dive. Patricia is the director of the transportation program at the Energy Foundation, and was previously a senior analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team lead at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dan is vice president of power strategies at the Energy Foundation and was formerly a managing director at the California Clean Energy Fund and senior …

Colorado wind (2 GW) can economically and reliably replace 6000 GWh of Coal

 Today’s changing economic realities are significantly boosting renewable energy’s potential to lower utility costs for consumers. In Colorado, Ron Lehr and a team of financial analysts revealed the stunning results of a two-year study of clean energy generation potential. Grover, Colorado wind farm. Credit: Carlye Calvin, UCAR.edu, Colorado Renewable Energy Realities in Colorado At the end of 2013, following a …

Colorado stakeholder agreement with incumbent monopoly, Xcel Energy, heads of “grid use charge”, may serve as model for others

Our Energy Future, offers some principles that the group used:  The first is to give customers energy choices. The second is to embrace technologies that benefit customers. The third is to do those things in ways that support Colorado economic development. Xcel’s final settlement with stakeholders, heading off Xcel’s initial request for a fixed “grid use charge,” included three key provisions. First, it replaced …

Incumbent utility monopolies try to change wording to turn public opinion against rooftop solar

Changing the Language of Renewable Energy, the Electric Monopoly’s Newest Ploy, by Nick Stumo-Langer Aug 18, 2016 What happens when utility companies lose ground as their customers cut consumption and seek innovative technologies like rooftop solar? New business ventures to capture customer interest? Other new technologies? Instead, investor-owned utilities (through the Edison Electric Institute trade organization) poured money into communications consultants, and the …

The demand for electricity is going to increase dramatically as we electrify transportation, transition heating, and more – a view from Elon Musk and Peter Rive

During the Q2 earnings call for SolarCity, Elon Musk and Peter Rive laid out their vision for the future as Tesla and SolarCity combine forces. In his remarks, Musk told the analysts and investors on hand that demand for electrical power will double or triple, as the world transitions away from fossil fuels to renewables. “Electricity usage is going to …