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    Smart electric panels are not a smart bet

    A recent analysis of the product and commercial landscape, value proposition and alternatives to smart panels concluded that their long-term prospects are dim unless they are significantly stripped of cost and functionality.

    Ben Hertz-Shargel • Feb. 23, 2024
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    Removing demand charge utility tariffs for EV charging will raise CO2 emissions

    To reduce transportation emissions, and fully transition to EVs, the deployment of batteries and battery storage systems is an essential lever that must be incentivized at every level of governance.

    Michael Spurr • Feb. 21, 2024
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    Incentivizing domestic battery machines manufacturing for economic and national security

    By concentrating on homegrown solutions, the U.S. can drive advancements in battery technology, setting new standards for efficiency, sustainability and reliability.

    Bennett Resnik • Feb. 16, 2024
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    The hidden costs of competition over new transmission infrastructure

    A right of first refusal is not a reward for any utilities or builders at the expense of others. It merely recognizes the need for new infrastructure and provides a first opportunity to those already operating existing infrastructure.

    Benjamin Dierker • Feb. 14, 2024
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    What utility commissioners should know about a flawed Western day-ahead market study

    The study reads like an advertisement for a product that’s missing important context and comparisons — and as individual utility filings appear in dockets around the West, public utility commissioners should approach it as such.

    Bob Jenks • Feb. 9, 2024
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    Lessons from NuScale’s terminated project will help pave the way for advanced nuclear energy

    The advanced nuclear innovation ecosystem remains strong, with a portfolio of public and private investments, multiple technology pathways and diverse business models.

    Judi Greenwald, Jeremy Harrell and Jessica Lovering • Feb. 6, 2024
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    We’re utility commissioners for Georgia and Colorado. Here are key issues we see for an EV future.

    Even back-of-the-envelope math shows that both states may have massive load growth in the future, even beyond individual car owners charging at home, where 80% of charging occurs.

    Tim Echols and Eric Blank • Feb. 2, 2024
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    The collapse of NuScale’s project should spell the end for small modular nuclear reactors

    Although there were problems specific to the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems project, the financial challenges and cost trends witnessed in that case will afflict any small modular nuclear reactor.

    M.V. Ramana • Jan. 31, 2024
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    As trucking electrifies, how we prepare the grid must evolve

    Fleets are often able to procure zero-emissions vehicles and chargers in less than a year. Grid upgrades can take upwards of five or more years.

    Cole Jermyn • Jan. 25, 2024
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    America’s aging grid threatens national security. Here are some steps to fix it.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should finalize a strong regional transmission planning and cost allocation rule, which has been under consideration since 2021.

    Michelle J. Howard • Jan. 24, 2024
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    Enough with disinformation about community solar compensation

    Whether for systems on single-family homes and multiunit buildings or in community settings, excessive compensation creates a significant economic burden for the very customers who can least afford it.

    Michael Backstrom • Jan. 18, 2024
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    Four key predictions for FERC’s 2024 electricity agenda

    Looming over any predictions are the ever-increasing concerns about the reliability and stability of the nation’s electric grid. Any major reliability event in this election year could instantly reshape FERC’s agenda and priorities.

    William Scherman, Jeffrey Jakubiak, John Decker, Damien Lyster, Jennifer Mansh, Jessica Rollinson and Jake Silver • Jan. 17, 2024
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    Utilities’ misguided opposition to community solar in California

    With billions on the line from the federal government, California’s three largest utilities are actively working to stop the California Public Utilities Commission from issuing an equitable community solar program.

    Sachu Constantine • Jan. 10, 2024
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    To spur more EV chargers, regulators must get creative with demand charges

    No matter what the incentives for installing an EV charger, very few businesses will enter this marketplace if selling the product leads to thousands of dollars in charges that aren’t made up for with revenue.

    Chris Kaiser • Jan. 5, 2024
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    3 keys to optimizing energy storage in 2024

    Energy storage system deployments can be accelerated through a focus on transparency, risk and safety.

    Ryan Franks • Jan. 2, 2024
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    How COP28 is shaping the energy transition

    While decisions at the recent UN climate conference are a significant step forward, more action is needed to ensure a sustainable and resilient future.

    Andrew Keen • Dec. 22, 2023
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    Good policy by grid operators can address reliability concerns with EPA’s power plant rule

    There is an opportunity through the proposed rule to create more certainty around the timeline for the clean energy transition.

    Michelle Solomon • Dec. 21, 2023
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    The solar PTC is the game-changer that hasn’t been

    But as the market internalizes post-Inflation Reduction Act practices and procedures and adjusts to broader structural changes, optimism remains for the solar production tax credit.

    Akshat Kasliwal and Jesse Gilbert • Dec. 20, 2023
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    Why states should prohibit utility political contributions

    The 2005 repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act left PUCs in 30 states susceptible to political influence, jeopardizing their responsibility to provide consumers with reliable service at just and reasonable rates.

    Mark Van Orden • Dec. 19, 2023
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    How offshore wind wins

    The path forward for this sector is to rapidly go to scale with a business model that delivers net positive impacts for nature and people.

    Johan Bergenas • Dec. 18, 2023
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    The clean energy transition is here — and so are greenwashing claims

    These claims have the potential to cause reputational harm to a company while distracting attention from its environmentally beneficial activities.

    Majidah Cochran, Melissa Horne, Mindy McGrath, and Andrea Wortzel • Dec. 15, 2023
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    Michigan’s new clean energy package is historic for the country, not just the Midwest

    The state is now a test case for the country on how to take a set of bold clean energy policies and realize its goals to decarbonize the electric grid.

    Laura Sherman • Dec. 14, 2023
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    No shining example: Texas-style electric deregulation is bad for consumers

    Texas power market designers argue that short-term price spikes will encourage long-run investment, but why would power plant owners build more power plants just to make sure prices stay low?

    Ed Hirs • Dec. 8, 2023
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    Why is it becoming harder to cancel utility demand response programs than it is to cancel cable?

    As innovative DR solutions continue to emerge and mature, fostering a robust DR marketplace in which customers can easily sign up for these new opportunities will be crucial for advancing the distributed energy economy.

    Collin Smith • Dec. 4, 2023
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    The US could still get to net zero

    Reducing nearly 90% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 can be done without any Hail Mary innovations.

    Michael Jung and Adam Agalloco • Dec. 1, 2023