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This report reviews the status of MI Power Grid, an initiative developed to propel Michigan's clean energy transition and maximize benefits for relevant stakeholders. As of October 15, 2020, MI Power Grid has developed three core areas of emphasis, including: Customer Engagement, Integrating Emerging Technologies, and Optimizing Grid Investments and Performance. The report reviews the activities within these core areas, their results, and proposed next steps.
This report was prepared by Guidehouse for the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission to evaluate the distribution-level locational value of load reductions enabled by distributed generation (DG) in order to inform future net energy metering tariffs and other regulations. The DG technologies evaluated within this study include solar photovoltaic (PV), solar PV paired with energy storage, and small hydroelectric.
This official order from the Department of Public Utilities marks the commencement of an investigation into the role of gas distribution companies in working towards 2050 state emissions goals. This order requires each gas distribution company to work with an independent consultant to identify pathways to net-zero emissions, engage in a stakeholder process to gain feedback, and submit a proposal for their course of action to the Department of Public Utilities for review.
This article highlights the impacts of the decarbonization movement on natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs). The article surmises that the role of LDCs in the energy sector will change as environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues become more important to banks and stakeholders, but LDCs will not disappear completely.
This report from the Washington State Department of Commerce outlines a plan to meet state emissions targets while ensuring equitable benefits for all communities. The transition to cleaner energy sources and transportation and building electrification are included as strategies within the plan.
This plan, approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in January 2021, evaluates the electric vehicle (EV) market in Colorado, forecasts EV adoption through 2023, and reviews future EV charging programs. Xcel plans to create residential, multi-unit dwelling, commercial programs and support transportation electrification efforts in low-income communities.
This article reviews the programs within the Clark Public Utilities Transportation Electrification Plan. The plan, approved by the utility's board of commissioners in early March 2021, includes electric vehicle charger rebate programs, as well as a tentative second round of programs that have not yet been finalized.
This report, written by staff at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), evaluates the demand-side strategies and technologies that utilities might use to address the challenges that come with winter peaks. Those strategies and technologies fall into four main categories: energy efficiency, demand response/load management, energy storage, and distributed energy generation. The report reviews all but distributed energy generation options. The report also modeled different combinations of demand-side measures on a simulated four-day winter peak event to evaluate their effectiveness in managing system constraints.
This article highlights a co-op program designed to increase electric vehicle adoption in rural areas. Among other factors, the lack of car dealer expertise on electric vehicles is stifling their sales. To address that issue, The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is offering a program that assesses the electric vehicle expertise of car dealers, which subsequently provides co-ops with a list of educated dealers for their customers.
This article reviews the transportation electrification landscape and pathways to achieving electrification and decarbonization goals in Europe. The electrification initiatives within several European countries are reviewed, along with the reasoning behind electrifying transportation before other sectors, and subsequent commercial opportunities.
This article reviews a partnership between Midwest co-ops that encourages electric vehicle adoption by installing chargers along major highways and interstates. Operating independently, a rural co-op may not have the funding available to install enough electric vehicle infrastructure to effectively increase electric vehicle adoption rates.
This article highlights the partnership of Wisconsin co-ops and a residential developer to encourage electric vehicle adoption. The partnership supports the installation of electric vehicle chargers in 44 homes within the development and special electric rates, which has increased customer interest in electric vehicles.
This document is a transcript of a PLMA webinar that included representatives from DOE (David Nemtzow), LBNL (Mary Ann Piette), ORNL (Teja Kuruganti) and their insights on the DOE FOA/latest activities coming out of the BTO office and of focus at LBNL, as well as more on the smart communities projects taking place at Southern Company.
This report evaluates how to foster the adoption of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) programs by utilities by examining ways to revamp state and local building policies. The policy revision approaches fall into the following categories: benchmarking and transparency, ratings and labeling, and building performance standards.
This report from NRDC summarizes the benefits of demand flexibility, the capabilities of relevant technology, and the steps that regulators can take to better facilitate the equitable adoption of demand flexibility enabling technology and the creation of utility-run grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) programs.
This report introduces the audience to the concept of Connected Communities (CCs) and how they can facilitate deep integration of building appliances with the grid to enable demand flexibility. Examples of CCs across the United States are also included in the report, and their value is assessed.
The shift to customer energy solutions like solar and batteries, smart homes and high-efficiency equipment is an exciting trend. But it is also expanding this equity gap because low-income customers cannot afford the capital expenses of these technologies so they cannot realize the benefits. This whitepaper explores ways utilities can optimize the impact of their programs by using data-driven strategies for program planning, design and delivery.