Conventional wisdom might have us believe that electric and gas utilities are at the bottom of the customer satisfaction heap compared to other service providers. After all, for every power outage and loss of heat, gas or air conditioning issue, there is the potential for an outcry among ratepayers that can negatively impact satisfaction scores overnight -- or within hours for that matter. Article
For more than a decade, utilities have been using Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) as the basis of their demand response (DR) programs. OpenADR is an initiative of the OpenADR Alliance whose ecosystem of more than 100 system operators, utilities, energy aggregators, and hardware and software companies support the standard. Article
In the United States, electric vehicle (EV) sales have roughly doubled every year for the past three years. This has been driven, in part, by electric utilities offering new tariff and rate structures tailored specifically for EV owners -- with 25 utilities across 14 states offering EV tariffs, including 8 of the largest 15 utilities, according to Northeast Group, LLC. Article
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE -- the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology -- just completed a report that provides guidance on grid-related developments to the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House for the nation's first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review. I spoke recently with the IEEE task force leaders, Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE USA Energy Policy Committee, and Damir Novosel, president elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Article
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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The Asia-Pacific region has seen particularly robust demand for microgrids in recent years due to economic development, electrification, and industrialization directly related to the growing need for more electricity and the resulting development of renewable distributed energy generation and, ultimately, microgrids, according to Navigant Research.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a long-term project to modernize the state's electric grid by incorporating non-utility owned energy resources into the planning and operation of the electric distribution system.
The HVTS market will see tremendous capital investment over the next 10 years (exceeding $250 billion from 2014 to 2023), as the infrastructure that was installed in the post-World War II era ages out, coal and nuclear generation is retired, and new utility scale renewable wind and solar generation is installed in remote areas.
In an unprecedented move for a rate case, the CPUC retained outside experts to evaluate risk assessment, risk mitigation, programs and policies, as well as PG&E's corporate policies, goals, culture, and the efforts being made to bolster PG&E's system safety and reliability. After reviewing the findings, the CPUC adopted revenue requirements that it says "balances the priorities of safety and reliability with just and reasonable rates" -- cutting the amount requested by $700 million.
The wholesale electric energy and capacity markets of the 13 states and the District of Columbia managed by PJM Interconnection produced competitive results during the first six months of 2014, according to the 2014 State of the Market Report for PJM by Monitoring Analytics, LLC, the Independent Market Monitor for PJM.
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Additional natural gas demand from re-emerging and non-traditional sources could exceed 5 billion cubic feet per day by 2019 as numerous proposed projects come online in the U.S and Canada, according to research by Bentek Energy.