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...]

How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience & Climate Strategies

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Microgrids offer a classic example of government policy chasing technology. While microgrids are being developed worldwide, few jurisdictions offer much-needed policy guidance and certainty. At Microgrid 2018, Edward Yim, associate director at the DC Department of Energy and Environment, shared how scalable resilience and a focus on climate … [Read more...]

Collaborative Conversations: Microgrid Regulation … Or Not?

Changing societal needs require a grid that is not just reliable and affordable, but one that is resilient and able to integrate multiple resources, including decentralized and intermittent generation, and meet evolving consumer demands. Microgrids are increasingly identified as a key element of the future grid architecture. The 2.5-hour session, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy Guide

Microgrid Development

This guide serves energy users, campuses and others who are contemplating microgrid installations - or already participate in a microgrid - and want to understand how policy can enhance microgrid capabilities. What might upcoming decisions mean to these colleges and universities, data centers, municipalities, pharmaceu- tical companies, research … [Read more...]

Manual on Compensating Distributed Energy Resources: NARUC Draft

microgrids for trains

The power industry is increasingly exploring questions about compensating distributed energy resources as microgrids, solar, energy storage and other DERs are added to the grid. Prepared by National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), this draft manual is intended to assist jurisdictions in developing policies related to … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: A Guide City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy

community microgrids

Community microgrids are central pillars of today’s local energy revolution. Being developed in municipalities large and small, they are a key feature of the new clean and efficient electrical infrastructure that is beginning to transform America’s energy grid into a less centralized and more democratized entity. Mayors and city leaders are … [Read more...]

Microgrids New Potential

Microgrids S&C Electric

The U.S. Department of Energy defines a microgrid as “a localized grouping of distributed electricity sources, loads, and storage mechanisms which can operate both as part of the central grid or independently as an island.” Microgrids themselves are hardly a new concept. Some of the earliest forms of microgrids have been in use for decades. … [Read more...]