DER

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) left it up to states to “opt-out” of retail demand response participation in wholesale energy markets. Therefore, we see a state like Illinois in Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) allows third-party aggregators to participate in MISO markets, and a state like Minnesota does not allow aggregators. With the increasing penetration...
Energy Efficiency

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a £3bn ($3.78B USD) boost to the green economy with a package that seeks to create jobs, save money and decarbonize the British housing stock. In his eagerly anticipated Summer Statement, he tied the UK’s economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 to ‘historic investment...
Vehicle to grid

State regulatory staff recently recommended that utilities offer discounts for charging vehicles during off-peak hours. New Hampshire regulators are considering whether and how utilities should offer discounts to electric vehicle drivers to charge during off-peak hours. So called time-of-use rates have potential to reduce peak demand and delay expensive upgrades in electric grid capacity. Supporters...
Storage

The world has seen a proliferating number of pledges by numerous governments and companies to reach net zero emissions in the coming decades as part of global efforts to meet long-term sustainability goals, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change. However, there is a stark disconnect between these high-profile pledges and the current state...
Opinion & Commentary

Transportation accounts for nearly 70 percent of U.S. oil consumption and 28 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it a prime target for technological improvements that can reduce emissions and combat climate change. Electrification of the transportation sector represents one of the highest impact strategies to help achieve that goal. Demand is rapidly...
Vehicle to grid

UK-based energy market research consultancy, Delta-EE, released its UK electric vehicle (EV) charger forecast, showing that the market is set for 29% year-on-year growth in charge point sales through 2030, despite COVID-19’s impact on new vehicle sales. “We expect a significant drop in new vehicle sales in 2020 due to COVID-19 – as much as...
Solar

The energy industry is experiencing the dual shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and oil market disruption thanks to a collapse in demand and a surplus of supply. There are, however, other powerful forces at work reshaping the industry, including the shift to renewables and the convergence of the energy and power industries. Energy leaders cannot...
Solar

The UK Government has put forward a revised date for the next UN Climate Change Conference to take place during the first two weeks of November 2021. This decision will suggest shifting the summit back by a year. The next session was due to take place this autumn in Glasgow, but unsurprisingly, the global gathering...