Load Management, Efficiency & Demand Response

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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.

    By Ben Hertz-Shargel • Feb. 23, 2024
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    New England capacity prices rise almost 40% in most recent auction

    Clean energy resources made up 40% of the total capacity commitments, according to ISO New England, and no coal plant met the auction clearing price.

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    Energy Efficiency

    Energy efficiency continues to be the ‘low-hanging fruit’ for reducing emissions. While the Biden administration is working to advance efficiency on multiple fronts, state and utility progress can be uneven.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    FERC enforcement office seeks $27M from Ketchup Caddy for MISO demand response fraud

    The CEO of the company, which had “no legitimate market activity,” according to FERC staff, said he planned to “[d]o this for just a couple of years, make a bunch of money to put kids through school .... and no one’s hurt.”

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    Schneider Electric sees surge in energy management, system revenue in Q4 2023

    AI developments and continued demand across the data center and infrastructure markets drove its fourth-quarter and full-year growth, according to the company’s latest earnings.

    By Nish Amarnath • Feb. 20, 2024
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    Arizona Corporation Commission moves to eliminate energy efficiency rules, renewables targets

    The move is “a big step backwards” for Arizona, said Mark Kresowik, senior policy director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Colorado regulator’s vision for Xcel virtual power plant: Tariff-driven, 50 MW and online by this fall

    The virtual power plant pilot would include an opt-in “prosumer tariff” with higher fixed costs and a lower volumetric rate designed to incentivize distributed energy resource investment.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Duke Energy proposes new gas plant to meet load growth, but groups question projections

    “We’re already projecting eight times the load growth we anticipated just two years ago,” said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Ikea makes strides in reducing carbon footprint, attributes progress to clean energy initiatives

    The home furnishings retailer said its greenhouse gas emissions declined by 11.5% from the previous year and it has updated its climate strategy to reach net zero by 2050.

    By Zoya Mirza • Feb. 1, 2024
  • Texas regulators nix proposed battery rule over concerns it would limit new resource additions

    The Texas electricity market “will need every megawatt of fast, flexible dispatchable generation resources, as soon as possible,” according to PUC Commissioner Lori Cobos.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    2024 US power sector outlook

    The U.S. clean energy transition is expected to accelerate in 2024 but faces question around transmission, financing, federal elections and other issues.

    By Utility Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    DOE invests $254M in industrial emission cuts, decarbonizing technologies

    In addition to awarding $171 million to 49 projects, the U.S. Department of Energy said it is accepting applications for $83 million to cut emissions from hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors.

    By Nish Amarnath • Jan. 30, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    New solutions emerge to better integrate renewables into the grid, Xcel, Eversource and others say

    Requiring the 400+ GW of battery capacity in U.S. interconnection queues to have grid-forming capabilities could enable variable renewables growth “cheaper and faster than adding new transmission,” one expert said.

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Electrification, manufacturing to propel 1.5% annual US electric demand growth through 2026: IEA

    Data centers account for about a third of the anticipated U.S. demand growth, the International Energy Agency said.

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    Honeywell launches new control system to enhance building energy management

    The platform works with a building’s existing wiring to increase operational efficiency and sustainability while also protecting cybersecurity, the company says.

    By Joe Burns • Jan. 24, 2024
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    ASHRAE updates energy efficiency standard for existing buildings

    The 2024 edition of Standard 100 contains new metrics for setting emissions targets and a “simple” compliance mechanism for energy efficient and low-emission buildings, it says.

    By Joe Burns • Jan. 22, 2024
  • Bipartisan group of 12 senators proposes blocking DOE’s distribution transformer efficiency rule

    Stricter standards and an “overnight” implementation proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy “jeopardize electricity distribution for millions” of Americans, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

    By Jan. 22, 2024
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    $104M for clean energy projects in 31 federal buildings announced by DOE

    The selected projects are expected to save over $29 million in energy and water costs, generating an additional 27 MW of clean energy capacity, the U.S. Department of Energy says.

    By Nish Amarnath • Jan. 19, 2024
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    Texas grid holds firm through frigid temperatures, 3 demand records, 2 conservation calls

    The Texas power grid is more resilient than it was in 2021, when Winter Storm Uri caused widespread blackouts and almost 250 deaths.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    Catalyst Power launches demand response products for New York businesses

    The program creates incentives for customers to reduce electricity use when demand is at its highest, resulting in cost and emissions reductions, Catalyst says. 

    By Nish Amarnath • Jan. 16, 2024
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    FERC Order 2222 hurdles require new options for deploying aggregated DERs: Guidehouse

    “Local flexibility markets” for DERs operating at specific points on a utility distribution system could help to manage grid operations, according to a white paper from Guidehouse Insights.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    Buildings can reduce energy intensity by up to 38%: report

    Undertaking energy savings and energy efficiency measures by 2030 can garner up to $2 trillion in annual savings, according to a white paper by the World Economic Forum and PwC. 

    By Nish Amarnath • Jan. 10, 2024
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    9 US power sector trends to watch in 2024

    The U.S. march toward a decarbonized electric system will continue in 2024 as policymakers and others work to balance, climate, reliability, affordability and other goals.

    By Robert Walton, Ethan Howland, Diana DiGangi, Larry Pearl, Kavya Balaraman and Emma Penrod • Jan. 10, 2024
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    PJM triples annual load growth forecast to 2.4% driven by data centers, electrification

    The PJM Interconnection’s fastest-growing zones include ones served by Dominion Energy and FirstEnergy’s Metropolitan Edison and Jersey Central Power & Light utilities, per the grid operator’s load forecast.

    By Jan. 9, 2024
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    NIPSCO, Linde to pay $66.7M to settle charges for gaming MISO demand response program

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-approved settlement agreement marks the second recent enforcement action involving MISO’s demand response program.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
  • DOE finalizes energy efficiency standards for residential refrigerators, freezers

    Energy efficiency standards advanced by the Biden administration will save consumers almost $1 trillion over 30 years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

    By Jan. 3, 2024