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Utility Adaptation


Replacing coal won't break the bank after all; Steve Law, Portland Tribune, Aug 5, 2016

NARUC rate design manual reignites debate over cost shift, value of solar; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Aug 4, 2016

PURPA's puzzle: FERC workshop revisits 1978 law, embattled as ever; Peter Maloney, Utility Dive, Jul 28, 2016

What if…Your Electric Utility Was a Benefit Corporation?; Matt Grimley, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jul 21, 2016

California Weighs Fair Pricing for Distributed, Centralized Energy; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jul 18, 2016

Utility clean energy rankings reveal 'unprecedented shift' in power sector paradigms; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, July 13, 2016

Location Matters: California Regulators Investigate More Granular Solar Benefits; Brad Heavner, Solar Industry, Jul 12, 2016

Electric Utilities Prepare for a Grid Dominated by Renewable Energy; Julia Pyper, greentechMedia, June 16, 2016

California local renewables are getting robbed, but CAISO can help; Craig Lewis, Utility Dive, Jun 16, 2016

Little less talk: With new revenue models, New York starts to put REV into action; Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, Jun 9, 2016

How More Transparent Electricity Pricing Can Help Increase Clean Energy; Beia Spiller and Kristina Mohlin, Environmental Defense Fund, Jul 6, 2016

SolarCity: Nevada rooftop solar delivers 1.6¢/kWh in net benefits to grid; Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, May 24, 2016

New York's Next Steps in the REV-olution; Virgina Lacy & Lena Hansen, Rocky Mountain Institute, May 20, 2016

The Business Value of Demand Flexibility; Mark Dyson & Edison Almedia, Rocky Mountain Institute, May 18, 2016

Distributed Generation (Still) Under Fire; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, May 16, 2016

New York's Full Value Tariff Could Be a Radical Departure From Net Metering; Katherine Tweed, GreenTech:Media, May 16, 2016

Better together: How an organized market can help clean up the western US grid; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, May 11, 2016

Not Just Illegal, Targeting Solar Facilities With Fees is Poor Policy; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, May 12, 2016

The 10 Worst States for Solar Power; Julian Spector, Mother Jones, May 9, 2016

For grid flexibility, utilities pushed to think beyond gas plants and storage; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Apr 27, 2016

Community Storage Initiative touts diverse backers, including EEI, NRECA, APPA; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Apr 26, 2016

A Summary Guide to Wood Biomass Heating Programs of CESA Members; Val Stori, Clean Energy States Alliance, Mar 16, 2016

Las Vegas Utilities Really Don't Want the Strip to Go Solar: Daniel Hernandez, Wired, Mar 9, 2016

"Base load" power: a myth used to defend the fossil fuel industry; Giles Parkinson, REnewEconomy, Mar 2, 2016

5 breakthroughs that would transform clean energy; Cristina Maza, The Christian Science Monitor, Feb 27, 2016

Energy markets: the planet's unlikely new ally in the emissions effort; Federico Gambarini, The Conversation, Feb 24, 2016

US renewable energy mandates bring down fossil fuel use, power costs; Christian Roselund, PV Magazine, Jan 8, 2016

Can utilities be trusted with the energy transition?; Craig Morris, Energy Transition, Feb 23, 2016



The future of rate design: Why the utility industry may shift away from fixed charges; Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, Nov 19, 2015

Are PURPA renewable mandates outdated?; R. Kress, Utility Analytics Institute, Nov 16, 2015

Beyond fixed charges: 'Disruptive Challenges' author charts new utility path; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Nov 12, 2015

NARUC 2015: How the Clean Power Plan is transforming 'baseload' generation; Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, Nov 11, 2015

Renewable energy and the need for storage: Lessons to be learned from the situation in Germany; Martin Tampier, Energy Transition, Nov 5, 2015

A Status Report on Rising Commitments Among Corporations and Governments to Reach 100% Renewables; Clean Edge, Nov 2015

How 'grid neutrality' can build the backbone for the modern grid; Herman K Trabish, Utiliy Dive, Oct 12, 2015

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 "Next Steps"; John Farrell, Renewable Energy World, Oct 12, 2015

Utility-scale solar booms as costs drop, challenging gas on price; Herman K Trabish, Utiliy Dive, Oct 8, 2015

Cost of Service? Arizona's solar saga takes on the valuation question; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Oct 5, 2015

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 2 "The Present"; John Farrell, Renewable Energy World, Sep 30, 2015

Did FERC Just Smash the Biggest Roadblock to Clean, Local Power for Electric Co-ops?; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Sep 28, 2015

A good rate design is hard to find: Experts push utility-solar compromise; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Sep 21, 2015

Reimagining electric utilities for the 21st century; David Roberts, Vox, Sep 11, 2015

How Massachusetts utilities plan to modernize their grids and rate designs; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Sep 9, 2015

As regulators act, Nevada net metering debate takes center stage at Las Vegas conference; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Aug 31, 2015

Report: New York REV initiative leaving out low income customers; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Aug 28, 2015

SolarCity wants to help utilities plan better for distributed resources; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Aug 27, 2015

How will utilities profit in the future? New York's REV initiative is trying to figure it out; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Aug 26, 2015

5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating on Their Solar-Producing Customers; John Farrell, HuffPost Green, Aug 25, 2015

How Edison uses water to store excess power; Ivan Penn, Los Angeles Times, Aug 22, 2015

Questioning Solar Energy Economies of Scale, 2014 Edition; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Aug 20, 2015

Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in California; Advanced Energy Economy Institute, Aug 11, 2015

A Revolutionary Roadmap for California's Distributed Energy Future; Jeff St. John, greentechGrid, Aug 11, 2015

Devil's in the details: What's in the EPA's final Clean Power Plan; Gavin Blade, Utility Dive, Aug 5, 2015

How Obama's Clean Power Plan actually works — a step-by-step guide; Brad Plumer, Vox, Aug 5, 2015

The President's Hard Carbon Emissions Push; John Donvan (Host), OnPoint, Aug 4, 2015

E&E's Power Plan Hub; E&E Publishing, 2015

Missouri regulators open proceeding on decoupling utility sales, profits; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Jul 31, 2015

NY regulators propose groundbreaking new utility models under landmark REV order; Davide Savenije, Utility Dive, Jul 29, 2015

PGE Distributed Solar Valuation Methodology; Benjamin Hoff, Clean Power Research, Jul 13, 2015

Inside SoCal Edison's Plan to Open Its Grid to Distributed Energy; Jeff St. John, greentechGrid, Jul 1, 2015

The Western US Needs Better Regional Planning to Modernize the Grid; Michael O'Boyle, greentechGrid, July 23, 2015

Is Socialism What's Stopping a Fair Value for Solar?; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Jul 21, 2015

Comments to PUC on Investigation to Determine the Resource Value of Solar; Ray Neff, Kathleen Newman, Mark Pengilly & Matthew Shane, OREP, July 20, 2015
    [Appendix: Oregon Attorney General-Opinion on Externalized Costs of Energy, April, 1992]

Assessing the costs and benefits of distributed energy to the grid of the future; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, July 21, 2015

Inside Hawaii's landmark regulatory proceeding to value distributed resources; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, July 21, 2015

Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It's Also Worth Less; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jul 17, 2015

SDG&E Proposes a 'Bring-Your-Own-Battery' Tariff; Jeff St. John, greentechGrid, July 14, 2015

Freedom to Generate: Alternatives to the 'Value of Solar' formula; John Farrell & Karl Rabago, Institute for Local Self Reliance webinar, July 8, 2015

Breaking: California Reaches Compromise on Utility Residential Rate Reform; Jeff St. John, greentechMedia, July 3, 2015

The True Cost of Coal: Fully accounting for coal-fired electricity use in the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan; Energy Strategies & NW Energy Coalition, July 2015

e21 Initiative; Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development (MN), 2013

New York Gov. Cuomo releases REV roadmap, seeks deep GHG cuts; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jun 29, 2015

With '15 energy plan, N.Y. bids to become cleanest energy state in U.S.; Colin Sullivan, E&E Publishing, Jun 26, 2015

SolarCity seeks utility partners for grid modernization programs; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jun 23, 2015

SolarCity reaches out to rival utilities; Bill Loveless, USA TODAY, Jun 21, 2015

How the e21 Initiative is building smarter utility business models in Minnesota; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jun 18, 2015

Utility Ownership of the Solar PV Inverter: An alternative business model for distributed solar PV generation; James White, May 2015

The Future of Utilities: Exinction or Re-Invention? A Transatlantic Perspective; Susanne Fratzscher, Henrich Böll Stiftung, May 2015

A new kind of utility: Why SolarCity wants to be 'more than a solar company'; Davide Savenije, Utility Dive, Apr 21, 2015

Report: 'Load Defection' From Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries Is Already Here; Jeff St. John, greenTech:media, Apr 7, 2015

Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study; Norris, B., Gruenhagen, P., Grace, R., Yuen, P., Perez, R., Rábago, K., Mar 1, 2015

Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet; Tom Dart, The Guardian, Mar 29, 2015

Are fixed charges a curse in disguise for investor-owned utilities?; James Tong, Jon Wellinghoff, Utility Dive, Mar 25, 2015

"One power plant per company"; Craig Morris, Renewables International, Mar 19, 2015

In New York, utility of the future will be 'air traffic controller'; David Savenije, Utility Dive, Mar 12, 2015

New York Just Reached A Major Landmark in Electricity System Evolution; Lena Hansen & Virginia Lacey, Rocky Mountain Institute, Mar 11, 2015

Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in California; Advanced Energy Economy Institute, Feb 2015

Hello Local Energy, Bye Old Power Industry, Say New York Regulators with Key Vote; Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge, Feb 27, 2015

Two Ways PG&E Community Solar Gardens Enable 100 Percent Solar for All; Susan Kraemer, Renewable Energy World,
Feb 18, 2015

Why fixed charges are a false fix to the utility industry's solar challenges; James Tong & Jon Wellinghoff, Utility Dive, Feb 13, 2015

The Integrated Grid: A Benefit-Cost Framework; Electric Power Research Institute, Feb 12, 2015

Bringing Shared Solar to Scale; Mathias Bell, Rocky Mountain Institute, Feb 12, 2015

A Possible Solution to the Utility Revenue Shift; Peter Rive, greentechGrid, Feb 10, 2015

Are We Sunk? The Electric Utility's Titanic Problem; John Farrell , Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Feb 6, 2015

Electricity's Un-Natural Monopoly; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jan 9, 2015

Net Metering in Missouri: The Benefits and the Costs; Missouri Energy Initiative, Winter 2015


A small town in Germany becomes a testing ground for a smart grid; the energiewende blog, Nov 13, 2014

Inside the REV: Audrey Zibelman's bold plan to transform New York's electricity market; Davide Savenije, Utility Dive, Nov 3, 2014

Greening the Electric Grid; Pablo Astorga, Clean Energy Collective, Oct 28, 2014

Big utilities pushing into booming home solar market; Nichola Groom, Reuters, Oct 22, 2014

Rooftop solar is just the beginning: utilities must innovate or go extinct; David Roberts, grist.org, Oct 21, 2014

Will the Solar Industry Get Behind CPS Energy's Alternative to Net Metering in San Antonio?; Stephen Lacey, greentech:solar, Oct 20, 2014

How California is incentivizing solar to solve the Duck Curve; Herman K. Trabish, UtilityDive, Oct 13, 2014

Net Metering in Mississippi; Stanton, E. A., Daniel, J., Vitolo, T., Knight, P., White, D., Keith, G., Synapse Energy Economics, Inc, Sep 19, 2014

Germany Added A Lot Of Wind And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable; Jeff Spross, Climate Progress, Aug 12, 2014

Nevada Net Energy Metering Impacts Evaluation; Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc, July, 2014

Energy Imbalance Market: A Modern Energy System for the Pacific Northwest; Renewable Northwest, May 2014

Will the Electricity Grid Become Optional?; Leia Guccione & Peter Bronski, Rocky Mountain Institute, Feb 25, 2014

Minnesota Value of Solar: Methodology; Clean Power Research, Jan 30, 2014

Evaluation of Net Metering in Vermont Conducted Pursuant to Act 125 of 2012; Public Service Department, Jan 15, 2013

e21 Initiative; Great Plains Initiative, 2013

Utilities Feeling Rooftop Solar Heat Start Fighting Back; Mark Chediak, Christopher Martin and Ken Wells, Bloomberg (via RenewableEnergyWorld.com), December 31, 2013

Changing the Rules to Help Utilities Embrace the Future; America's Power Plan, Renewable Energy World, October 16, 2013

Why the U.S. Power Grid's Days Are Numbered; Chris Martin, Mark Chediak, and Ken Wells, Bloomberg Businessweek, August 22, 2013


Pacific Northwest Energy Infrastructure

Wind power surpasses hydro for the first time ever in Northwest region; Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, October 23, 2012

Why Oregon imports power from fossil fuels and exports renewable energy; Cassandra Profita, Oregon Public Broadcasting: Ecotrope, June 1, 2011

Bonneville Power Authority Map: Public, Tribal, and IOU Customers; January 2007 (3.8mb)

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