Tagged with Electricity

Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA

Congressional Research Service http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44480.pdf [From a Greenwire article by Robin Bravender] Congress’ in-house research shop has drafted a summary of the complicated legal battle over the Obama administration’s climate regulations… The report recaps the major events in the litigation, summarizes the principal legal arguments and lays out a likely timetable of upcoming events. It also … Continue reading

PJM Interconnection Clean Power Plan Reference Case Compares Compliance Strategies

PJM CPP Reference Model and Sensitivities PJM Interconnection Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee http://bit.ly/23xHDSL [From an Energy Wire article by Emily Holden, sub. req’d] Natural gas prices lower than previously expected could drive coal plant retirements and ease the early years of compliance with federal climate regulation for a major regional power grid… The regional transmission organization found … Continue reading

Analytic Research Foundations for the Next-Generation Electric Grid

National Academies Press http://bit.ly/21RXR6v Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society, and for the vast majority of people that electricity is obtained from large, interconnected power grids. However, the grid that was developed in the 20th century, and the incremental improvements made since then, including its underlying analytic foundations, is no longer adequate to completely … Continue reading

The Road to Resilience – Managing the Risks of the Energy-Water-food Nexus

World Energy Council http://bit.ly/1Za77Dg ‘The road to resilience – managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus’ is the second risk dimension investigated as part of the Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure initiative. The first report in the series, ‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risk’, recommended moving towards a more systemic understanding … Continue reading

Performance-Based Regulation in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / by Mark Newton Lowry, Tim Woolf and Schwartz, Lisa C. https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/performance-based-regulation-in-a-hig [Utility Dive] As new energy technologies proliferate and eat into electricity sales, utilities and regulators are searching for a rate design that addresses growing load defection. One currently popular response is tinkering with rate design in a way that … Continue reading

A Pathway to the Distributed Grid: Evaluating the Economics of Distributed Energy Resources and Outlining a Pathway to Capturing their Potential Value

Solar City http://www.solarcity.com/sites/default/files/SolarCity_Distributed_Grid.pdf [Clean Technica] Solar rooftops could go a long way to strengthening California’s aging power grid, and save its residents more than $1.4 billion annually. These are the conclusions from a new white paper published by SolarCity’s Grid Engineering team, which describes in detail how distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, batteries, … Continue reading

Cutting Electric Bills with the Clean Power Plan: EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policy Lowers Household Bills

Synapse / by Pat Knight, et al. http://www.synapse-energy.com/sites/default/files/cutting-electric-bills-cpp.pdf [Biomass Magazine] Synapse Energy Economics Inc., a research and consulting firm, recently released a new report that reveals how EPA’s Clean Power Plan can reduce emissions and consumer electric bills. The report published on Jan. 14, “Cutting Electric Bills with the Clean Power Plan,” examines state-by-state impacts … Continue reading

3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index

GridWise Alliance http://gridwise.org/uploads/reports/GWA_16_3rdGridModernizationIndex_Final.pdf [From an Energy Wire article by Daniel Cusick, sub. req’d]  …According to a newly published state index by the GridWise Alliance, California, Illinois and Texas lead the nation in grid modernization. They’re followed by Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Rising quickly is New York, which is making sweeping changes to its electricity … Continue reading