Utility provides tool to help estimate the total cost of ownership in its jurisdiction

Southern California Edison is ramping up its efforts to support electric vehicle buyers with the introduction of a new tool called SCE Cars that helps estimate the total cost of ownership in its jurisdiction. The new tool aspires to give potential buyers visibility into the total cost of ownership (TCO) of electric vehicles that looks beyond the initial purchase price. Today, electric …

Using distributed energy to lower peak demand, increase resilience, save money, and lower emissions: Utility found storage cheaper than a second power line

Can grid resiliency finally pay for itself? JULIAN SPECTOR GTM Research, JUNE 07, 2019 Eversource Wants to Back Up an Entire Rural Town With Batteries Large and Small 2 “This is not, strictly speaking, a resilience play — it’s using distributed energy to lower peak demand, thereby saving money and lowering carbon emissions“ The traditional option would be to build a …

‘Every Asset We Deploy in the Field Has the Potential to Become a Sensor’

Julio Romero Aguero, chief innovation and transformation officer at Jacksonville municipal utility JEA, on the the next wave of disruptive technologies and concepts in the electricity business: “Disruption is the new normal.” JUAN MONGE MAY 28, 2019 ‘Every Asset We Deploy in the Field Has the Potential to Become a Sensor’ JEA, the municipal utility in Jacksonville, Florida, has become a …

June 2019 News

e three younger generations – those ages 18 to 53 in 2018 – reported casting 62.2 million votes, compared with 60.1 million cast by Baby Boomers and older generations. It’s not the first time the younger generations outvoted their elders: The same pattern occurred in the 2016 presidential election.” Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X outvoted older generations in 2018 …

Guzman Energy proposal would finance retirement of Tri-State coal plants, add 1.2 gigawatts of new wind and solar power

5/28/2019 By Joe Smyth | joe@cleancooperative.com | @joesmyth Guzman Energy is proposing a deal that would help Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association meet Colorado and New Mexico’s new clean energy policies, by replacing nearly half of Tri-State’s remaining coal fleet with 1.2 gigawatts of new wind and solar power projects, along with a mix of energy storage and natural gas. Guzman Energy executives said …

Colorado steps toward decarbonization in 2019, agenda for 2020

15 years ago, Colorado’s two top electricity providers were determined to build large coal plants and continue to invest in fossil fuel generation, adding millions of tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and oceans and standing in the way of using Colorado’s abundant wind, solar, water and other renewable resources.  These corporate goals superseded citizen and ratepayer opposition, and …

Grid nationalization discussion in the UK

National Grid says state ownership would delay UK’s move to green energy Many publications report on reaction to the Labour Party’s plans, if elected, to renationalise the energy network. Reuters reports that UK energy network firms have been “rattled” by the proposal. National Grid has said in a statement that “proposals for state ownership of the energy networks would only …

Power Plant Securitization and Loan Refinancing: The law obligates customers to pay the cost of grid infrastructure built by monopoly utilities only if it can be shown to be a wise investment

The key question is, in utility regulator speak, “prudency.”  Should customers have to pay for ill-advised or imprudent investments? The law obligates customers to pay the cost of grid infrastructure built by monopoly utilities only if it can be shown to be a wise investment. Energy Outreach Colorado, which helps low-income households with their energy bills, is against the approach. …

Intense competition in competitive auctions for solar develop means winning bidders are typically seeing equity returns in the 5 to 7 percent region

New combined-cycle gas plants remain competitive with new utility solar in many big markets today, from China to the U.K. to South Korea. But that will no longer be the case by the early 2020s, as equipment costs continue to fall and competitive auctions proliferate, Heggarty said. It took Germany 17 years from the time it established a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) …

Indiana utilities no longer hold a monopoly on energy generation in the state.

Emily Hopkins and Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, May 20, 2019  Indiana utilities are in midst of identity crisis as customers take power into own hands The changes came slowly, then seemingly all at once. Next door, your neighbor installed solar panels. You started seeing more and more electric vehicles. When you drove north on I-65, you hit a patch of farmland dotted with …