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Future of utilities: New England may opt for "outcomes-based" regulations

smart grid, modern grid, policy and regulation, grid optimization, U.S. Northeast, grid modernization
The northeast region of the country is undergoing major changes that include rapid adoption of distributed generation, electric vehicles, smart buildings and more. Plus demands from regulators and ratepayers for a more resilient and dependable grid. Read the story for a look at the New England Clean Energy Council’s vision of the electricity future.

Will the new EPA rules hurt grid reliability? Here's what FERC has to say

EPA, FERC, EPA Clean Power Plan, transmission, smart grid, modern grid, policy and regulation
FERC told a Senate subcommittee last week that EPA’s Clean Power Plan wouldn’t harm the reliability of the transmission grid. But it turns out comments from FERC commissioners left room for interpretation. Click to learn about two different points of view.

Leading the Next Era of Electricity Innovation: The grid modernization challenge in the Northeast

Drawing on NECEC’s work on the Massachusetts Grid Modernization Steering Committee and other grid modernization efforts in the Northeast, this paper examines the benefits of grid modernization and a 21st century electricity system and the policy and regulatory framework needed to advance them.

The utility of the future? To start with, it shouldn’t have a grid, experts say

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, distribution, policy and regulation, Jon Wellinghoff, electric utilities
Ready for another twist in the discussion about what the utility of the future should or could be like? Jon Wellinghoff, former FERC chairman, and James Tong, strategy VP at Clean Power Finance, recommend taking grid operations out of utilities’ hands. Read on to find out why they believe it would significantly benefit the public, and how it could benefit utilities as well.

Another European country takes a step back from smart meters

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart meter deployments, smart meters in Europe, France, electric utilities
French regulators have decided the country’s goal of supplying 95% of electricity customers with smart meters by 2020 was “too ambitious” and want to scale it back. Click for more on the story and on the overall status of the EU smart meter initiative.

Should utilities sell TV and Internet anywhere? Chattanooga's EPB thinks so

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, EPB, electric utility services, smart grid strategy
Chattanooga utility EPB is well-known for its smart grid innovations. Now the company is asking regulators for permission to do something else innovative: sell TV and Internet services outside its service area. Click to find out more about what the utility has in mind.

Regulator / utility collaboration – the 3 states that do it best (and other tips for better relationships)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, state regulators, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
It’s crucial, particularly in these challenging times, for utilities to be able to sit down and work with regulators. Nick Wagner, a member of the Iowa Utilities Board with a long list of additional credentials, shares his thoughts on why communicating with regulators early and often is so important… and how to go about it.

Industry to Obama: We're BEGGING you for a national energy policy (and here's what should be in it)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, national energy policy, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, NEMA
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is afraid DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review, the closest thing the U.S. has to a national energy policy, will be a bust unless it yields more than a collection of unfocused ideas. Click to read some of the association’s nuts and bolts smart grid-related recommendations.

Smart meters are a "time bomb" for utilities, warns insurance expert

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart meter insurance, smart grid trends, electric utilities
You would think just about every smart meter wrinkle has been discussed, dissected and considered by now. But the insurance industry has another one utilities may have to deal with: insurers are starting to worry about cyberattacks. And one insurer says coverage for cyberattack losses is generally not provided by the energy insurance market.

Reinventing utilities: Now Minnesota is rethinking the utility business model

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business model, state energy policies, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Minnesota has taken a bi-partisan, inclusive approach in its attempts to overhaul the state’s utility and energy policies. It’s an interesting way to explore and assess the roadblocks, the opportunities and the options available as the state maps out its energy future.

The net metering battle… 3 more states may offer relief to utilities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewable energy, net metering, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Net metering may fade from the headlines for a while, but the issue isn’t going away anytime soon. Read the story to keep up with current developments and initiatives in Massachusetts, Missouri and Maine.

How to influence what the U.S. federal government does and thinks about utilities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, national energy policy, Energy Department, DOE, electric utilities
Should utilities try to influence national energy policy? Certainly. And here is an opportunity to make your voice heard via Americans for a Clean Energy Grid. It’s not necessary to agree with the organization’s positions to take advantage of the chance to influence DOE policy on U.S. energy infrastructure. Read the story for details on how to participate.

Has the UK already invented the utility of the future?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, utility business model, UK utility regulation
After a detailed examination, UK gas and electric utility regulators found that the current regulatory model needed to change if utilities were to successfully deliver on the promise of a sustainable energy sector. Guest author Paul Alvarez describes the new UK model and what it is intended to accomplish.

Europe’s green energy industry faces collapse, claims conservative news site

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, European renewable energy, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Europe’s aggressive rush to embrace renewable energy has resulted in turmoil for some countries, including escalating prices for consumers and slashed subsidies for providers, according to a conservative news web site. It’s time well spent to follow the tumultuous story for the lessons it can provide.

Storage gets a lift from California’s $415 million for behind-the-meter generation

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, distributed generation, renewable energy, California energy policy, electric utilities
California legislators have approved $415 million in funding for behind-the-meter power generation from wind and fuel cells to be paired with energy storage. Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains how the program will work and lays out the details. For more, read the companion story on DOE’s funding initiative.

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