Navigating Dual Disasters: What are the Next Steps for California as it Emerges Out of Covid-19 and into Wildfire Season?

Before Covid-19 California was emerging as one of the world’s largest microgrid markets. What steps must policymakers, regulators, utilities and the microgrid industry take to ensure the state stays the course in capturing resilient and clean energy? What's next for California microgrids? Presentations and Discussion Moderator: Peter Asmus … [Read more...]

Staying the Course on Clean Energy in a Time of Societal Disruption

Concern is growing that an economic downturn could stifle progress on clean energy. How can clean energy microgrids help society stay the course through their use and management of energy resources? Presentations and Discussion Moderator: Elisa Wood (Microgrid Knowledge) Editor-in-Chief Michael Bakas (Ameresco) executive VP Mark Martyak … [Read more...]

Will COVID-19 Impact Microgrid Policy Progress?

From smart city programs to state incentives to federal infrastructure proposals, government entities are exploring changes that lend themselves to microgrid development. Will economic fallout from COVID-19 hasten or delay these programs? What’s next for microgrid policy? Presentations and Discussion Moderator: Matt Roberts (Microgrid … [Read more...]

How Reshaping Regulation Will Reshape the Grid

As technology advances, customers’ use of electricity evolves, and threats to electricity delivery mount, significant changes are needed in the electric utility sector. Electric utilities will need to make significant shifts in their priorities and in how their performance is evaluated. The electric utility industry needs new regulatory models, … [Read more...]

Maintenance Inspection Windows on Transformers

Transformers with power ratings of 500 KVA and above usually rank very high in the Risk Priority Number tables. With their high cost of replacement, long lead times of typically 12 weeks or more, high in/out swap costs and with many modes of failure impossible to repair onsite, transformers can become a weak link for reliability in your electrical … [Read more...]

The Value of Resilience for Distributed Energy Resources: An Overview of Current Analytical Practices

This report was developed based upon funding from the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Managing and Operating Contractor for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Funding provided by U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. … [Read more...]

Electrification Futures Study

This report is one in a series of Electrification Futures Study (EFS) publications. The EFS is a multi-year research project to explore potential widespread electrification in the future energy system of the United States. Electrification is defined as the substitution of electricity for direct combustion of non-electricity based fuels (e.g., … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Tax Incentives for Different Types of Energy Resources

The U.S. tax code supports the energy sector by providing a number of targeted energy tax incentives, or energy tax incentives available only for the energy industry. Some policymakers have expressed interest in understanding how energy tax benefits are distributed across different domestic energy resources. For example, what percentage of … [Read more...]

Climate Auctions – A Market-Based Approach to National Climate Action

This policy brief has sought to provide information for countries wishing to take advantage of this efficient policy tool by explaining the mechanics of climate auctions, the general conditions under which they work best, and the kinds of mitigation activities for which they are particularly well-suited. Climate auctions represent an innovative … [Read more...]

Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage

The nation has steadily improved its ability to respond to major disasters and the power outages that often result. But increasing threats—whether severe natural disasters, cyber-physical attacks, electromagnetic events, or some combination—present new challenges for protecting the national power grid and recovering quickly from a catastrophic … [Read more...]