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Tools for the Toolbox

Energy Transition Planning Flashcards In our last blog post, we laid out the need for tools and resources that can help energy transition advocates to increase their knowledge and ability to engage constructively with industry stakeholders. Today we’re going to focus on Energy Transition Planning Flashcards. Download as a free bookmarked PDF | Also available…
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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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Volatility Ahead for PA Energy

As part of our preparation for this week's annual Pennsylvania Municipal Electrical Association (PMEA) conference, we took a look at some key factors that are set to create volatility for energy markets in the Commonwealth. These range from the planned decommissioning of coal and nuclear plants to the rise of natural gas (and the US'…
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Cupholders and Microgrids

When the first Ford model T rolled off the production line in 1908, it didn’t have cupholders. Ford’s idea was simplicity of design. This method enabled quick and therefore low-cost production, which in turn allowed millions of people to become first-time car owners. It wasn’t until 45 years later in 1953 that the vehicle cupholder…
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Blockchain Reaction

The combination of software and hardware in the energy sector is presenting some exciting developments. Have you been following Blockchain? If not, it's time to. Commercial deployment of this accounting tool, coupled with distributed generation and load aggregation, is going to create tremendous growth opportunities. If you’re not sure what lies ahead it’s time to…
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How Can Solar+Storage Go Mainstream?

The news of battery storage options marks exciting times for energy nerds like me. Groups like Tesla and Mercedes tend to bring a new audience to the industry. Sleek designs and flashy advertising get people excited and I welcome that, but with a word of caution. Energy technology needs to function but also have a…
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Wanted: Energy Leadership

From the other side of the world in New Zealand, electricity stakeholders are struggling with the same questions as in the US. How do distribution companies maintain revenue, while PV and battery system installations are growing at incredible rates? PV and other distributed resources allow for the redirection of energy revenues into assets with a…
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America’s Misplaced Optimism

Often when we discuss the US transition to renewable energy we think the finish line is in sight. It’s not. The problem is scale. Thinking about things in terms of millions is a real challenge. If our transition is to be successful, we must increase communication between consumers, providers and regulators. The question ProtoGen seeks to…
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