Nashville, Tennessee -- The increasing focus on energy conservation by regulators, legislators and customers alike, and the continuing proliferation of distributed generation options including commercial micro-grids and residential roof-top solar is creating a more complex situation for utilities and their ability to tailor pricing solutions for customers. Innovative rate designs may provide remedies to potentially unintended consequences associated with commonly used rate designs. Ideally, rate design balances a number of goals, including utility revenue recovery, providing customers with appropriate incentives, minimizing customer cross-subsidies, and ensuring that rates are not discriminatory.
13th Annual Rate Design Conference 2015
The increasing focus on energy conservation by regulators, legislators and customers alike, and the continuing proliferation of distributed generation options including commercial micro-grids and residential roof-top solar is creating a more complex ...
ComEd Conducting Illinois` First Community Energy Storage Pilot
ComEd recently announced the launch of a pilot project to test the use of battery storage technology to reduce the impact of power outages in residential areas where customers experience service interruptions, particularly in extreme weather events. ComEd`s Community Energy Storage (CES) pilot is being conducted in Beecher, Ill., approximately 40 miles south of Chicago. The pilot will focus on improving power reliability for customers experiencing multiple interruptions. One of the first utilities in the nation...
Grid Modernization Forum to Examine Energy Storage and the Integration of Renewables and Distributed Energy Resources
There is an urgent call for energy storage to solve the challenges of variability and intermittency that accompany solar and wind generation. Grid modernization will require substantial deployment of storage resources, yet innovation seems to be taking place faster than the ability to regulate it. In the absence of assurances from regulatory bodies, some utilities are wary about the way forward. A panel of key industry experts at at the2ndGrid Modernization Forum, April 3-5, 2017 in Chicago will take a look at...
Advanced Energy Economy: Over 3 Million in U.S. Now Work for Clean Energy
This week, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs - equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy in its second annualU.S. Energy and Employment Report. The groups made the announcement on the...
Good news for consumers and industry as solar thermal stays in the RHI
There was great news for the UK renewable energy industry just before Christmas. The Government announced it was dropping plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which pays a tariff to property owners who generate heat through renewable technologies. The announcement means the RHI will continue to support solar thermal domestic systems at the current level of 19.74p/kWh of support over seven years while the non-domestic tariff for installations in industrial, commercial, public...
Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables Agree to Deliver Two Advanced Microgrids for Montgomery County, Maryland
Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables recently announced an agreement to deploy two advanced microgrids to serve the Montgomery County, Maryland, Public Safety Headquarters (PSHQ) and Correctional Facility. Critical public safety facilities require 24/7 access to power to ensure operational integrity. Through this innovative public-private partnership, Montgomery County will build two advanced microgrids, including power system upgrades and advanced controls. The microgrids will help ensure more reliable...