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    New best practices are unlocking demand-side management value in utility online marketplaces

    Utility marketplaces are expanding their contribution to distributed energy resource adoption and diversified utility revenue streams, according to a Guidehouse Insights analyst.

    Daniel Talero • March 29, 2022
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    Local versus regional transmission planning: A false dichotomy

    Both regional and local transmission planning and infrastructure are indispensable to achieving a cleaner and more resilient energy grid, the author writes.

    Larry Gasteiger • March 21, 2022
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    New York energy policies will raise electricity costs and air pollution, slamming low-income communities

    Sometimes well-intentioned state policies can backfire and hurt the very people the state wants to protect, the author writes.

    Arnold R. Wallenstein • March 9, 2022
  • Pruning the thorns in transmission and generator interconnection reform

    The clean transition no longer lacks capital, but it suffers from regulation that discourages its efficient use, the authors write.

    Jennifer Chen and Devin Hartman • March 8, 2022
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    Supplier-consolidated billing: A tool for innovation and accountability in retail energy markets

    States can learn from the efforts of Maryland regulators to explore innovation opportunities in the most important touchpoint for customers — their utility bill — the author writes.

    Travis Kavulla • March 7, 2022
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    How to reform net energy metering the right way

    Economist Ahmad Faruqui proposes a path for California's NEM reform that he says would realize the goals of utilities without sacrificing the state's rooftop solar market.

    Ahmad Faruqui • March 4, 2022
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    California's utilities are not out to kill rooftop solar

    Existing residential solar has significantly contributed to California's decarbonization commitments, but going forward, the state should fulfill its future commitments in a more efficient, least-cost manner, the author writes. 

    Robert Borlick • March 2, 2022
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    The future is now: Doubling down on fossil fuels is not the solution to New England's energy needs

    To move beyond a time when every cold snap is punctuated by going to our dirtiest resources, we must break our central reliance on fossil fuel infrastructure, the author writes. 

    Joe Curtatone • March 1, 2022
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    Making corporate net-zero rhetoric real in 2022

    Every part of the C-suite must make decisions that will impact their companies for years to come, the authors assert.

    Chris Deri and Sasha Mackler • Feb. 28, 2022
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    How PJM's 'fat market' for capacity fuels environmental injustice and consumer expense

    As FERC Chair Richard Glick did recently, it’s imperative to continue to draw attention to ways in which unnecessary and uneconomic fossil fuel generation is prolonged by market flaws, the authors write.

    Liz Stanton and Joshua Castigliego • Feb. 24, 2022
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    Transmission, reliability and gas system decarbonization top of mind for state utility regulators in 2022

    Energy Innovation analysts share their top takeaways from last week's NARUC policy summit, along with insights for unlocking access to low-cost renewables, bolstering system reliability, and cutting natural gas emissions.

    Michelle Solomon and Hadley Tallackson • Feb. 23, 2022
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    To decarbonize buildings, think like an entrepreneur

    The most innovative ideas to slash emissions won’t have impact if they never reach the market, writes Reshma Singh, who focuses on building technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

    Reshma Singh • Feb. 22, 2022
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    Revisiting California's natural gas hookup subsidies

    California is one of the biggest consumers of natural gas in the U.S., and has been adding new gas customers faster than any other state. These trends are in direct conflict with its ambitious climate goals, the authors write.

    Clifford Rechtschaffen and Simi Rose George • Feb. 18, 2022
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    Without mapping tools, environmental justice investments could be just a shot in the dark

    With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, continued discussions around the Build Back Better Act, and state-level net-zero targets, trillions of dollars and a just transition are on the line, the author writes.

    Michelle Solomon • Feb. 16, 2022
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    7 principles to help utility regulators untangle the wires of a clean, equitable EV transition

    By adopting these guidelines, state policymakers and utilities will be able to drive more rapid, widespread and equitable deployment of EVs and their infrastructure, the authors write.

    Larissa Koehler and Pamela MacDougall • Feb. 15, 2022
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    California's omission of community solar from distributed energy policies is shortsighted

    Community solar can make moot the controversies surrounding behind-the-meter solar and enable new approaches that can maximize societal value for all Californians, the authors write.

    Anna Brockway and Duncan Callaway • Feb. 8, 2022
  • 2022 electric market resolution: Changing how we approach the RTO/ISO debate

    There is another way to approach the market debate, and we should pursue it to achieve an objective we can all agree on: reliable decarbonization, the authors write.

    Ray Gifford and Matt Larson • Feb. 7, 2022
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    Distributed energy is poised to take center stage in 2022, but policymakers and regulators must step up

    DERs participate in wholesale and retail markets today almost exclusively as emergency capacity. If this trend continues, it will limit the earnings potential of customers and the reliability of the grid, the author writes.

    Ben Hertz-Shargel • Feb. 4, 2022
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    The opportunity cost of not using nuclear energy for climate mitigation

    Considering the existential stakes of climate change, advocates, innovators and governments should work together to promote all clean energy sources and reduce their costs to incentivize rapid decarbonization, the author writes.

    Alex Gilbert • Feb. 3, 2022
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    California utilities' brazen plan to kill rooftop solar

    California's proposed net metering update greatly exaggerates what rooftop solar owners should pay for use of the grid and ignores the environmental benefits that rooftop solar provides, the author writes.

    William Schulze • Feb. 1, 2022
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    Nearly a year after Winter Storm Uri's devastation, where are we on grid resilience?

    More comprehensive assessments of the benefits of additional transmission between various U.S. regions could result in greater grid resilience and reliability, the authors write.

    Clint Vince and Barbara Tyran • Jan. 24, 2022
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    New York City says goodbye to gas, establishing a blueprint for other communities

    The work to prevent 1 GW of new gas being added in New York City can help others establish a strategy to permanently retire inefficient fossil fuel resources and replace them with sustainable clean energy solutions, says the author.

    Seth Mullendore • Jan. 13, 2022
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    Unused and useless: States must act to end flawed natural gas power plant buildouts

    Nothing exemplifies the irrational utility business model more than the billions of dollars companies have spent expanding natural gas capacity over the last decade, the author writes.

    Grant Smith • Jan. 11, 2022
  • Fuel neutrality, pipeline environmental reviews and a return to common sense at FERC

    In curtailing the Minimum Offer Price Rule and undertaking environmental reviews of pipelines, federal regulators are fulfilling their responsibilities while respecting state authority, writes former FERC commissioner John Norris.

    John Norris • Dec. 7, 2021
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    Improving outcomes for everyone: Enthusiasm builds for broader Western electricity market

    At issue is how we go about making our electricity cleaner, more reliable and more affordable, according to the CEOs of Southern California Edison and Pacific Power.

    Steven Powell & Stefan Bird • Dec. 6, 2021