Tag Archives: energy markets

An Energy Transition Planning Toolbox

"Solar installation, electrician's toolbox" by CoCreatr is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Electricity has come a long way since the first distribution systems were built in the 1870s. From lighting and heating our homes and businesses to powering the appliances, devices, and vehicles and that keep us connected and productive, electrical energy is nothing short…
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House Bill 11 is Wrong for PA

At a glance, the arguments in support of adding a nuclear tier to the state's AEPS seem to have some merit. But a deeper dive shows that HB11 would unfairly enrich investors at a cost of $500 million/year to ratepayers.

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Warring States Period

The US electric grid modernization and transition to distributed generation resembles the Chinese Warring States Period of the 5th to 3rd centuries BC. Much like those great generals, the power brokers of today are using stratagems (i.e. a plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end). “Microgrids” have emerged…
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Putting Utilities Back in the Driver’s Seat

The continued convergence of energy and transportation is creating tremendous opportunity for new business models, even as it stacks the odds against traditional electric utilities. News of Renault-Nissan developing plans to build a 100 MWh grid battery with used EV/Hybrid batteries is big.  The dawn of super cheap batteries is here, just not in the…
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Strategy vs. Planning

When preparing to accomplish a goal, our first reaction is often to plan. It is instilled in us from a young age. Winston Churchill said, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” Is that strategic planning? And where does strategy fit in, anyway? A strategy is how you position around an opportunity, and…
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Deviating from the Standard

Within the energy sector, the main driver of change has been to increase efficiency. As in, we have accepted the underlying prime movers are infallible and only need some tidying-up. Deviation from natural monopolies and exposure to the global markets have introduced a perception of uncertainty. For innovators, however, it has created fertile ground to…
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