Creating A More Resilient Grid Means Using Tools That Put People In The Middle

Creating A More Resilient Grid Means Using Tools That Put People In The Middle

With each passing day, the electric power grid continues the process of morphing into something new we haven’t seen before. This rapid transformation, with hundreds of thousands of assets already massing at the grid edge, will ultimately involve millions of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. Add that to the enormous level of intermittent renewable assets that have come on line and will in the years to come, and it implies a whole new way of managing our power grids. It will also require new ways of sorting, processing, visualizing and acting on all that data.

Buying Clean Electricity: How Cities Benefit from Power Purchase Agreements

Buying Clean Electricity: How Cities Benefit from Power Purchase Agreements

A growing number of cities are pursuing actions to reduce their carbon footprint. One of the most straightforward ways to do this is by reducing the carbon intensity of electricity, and as a result, cities are expressing increasing interest in renewable electricity. More than 200 mayors in the U.S. have pledged support for community-wide transitions to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 under the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign. Many cities have also set an intermediate goal to decarbonize the electricity powering municipal operations. Municipal customers represent a large market; in a 2017 Alliance for a Sustainable Future survey, 71 responding cities—just a fraction of the country’s cities—report spending more than $1.4 billion combined on annual electricity costs.

Hopping To It: Brewing Beer in Georgetown With 100% Renewable Energy

By Peter Kelly-Detwiler - TREIA Storyteller in Residence

Search the home page of your local craft brewery and see what you come up with.  In all likelihood, you will find yourself looking at a photo of a gleaming stainless steel tap, or massive brewing tanks.  Perhaps a glass of craft beer with drops of condensation glistening on the sides.  Or maybe you’ll see a photo of the owner’s dog (never a bad choice!). 

Chances are, you will not land on a home page that proclaims “Proudly Brewed Using 100% Renewable Energy,” accompanied by a photo of a large wind turbine. Unless, of course, you happen to live in Georgetown Texas, the home of Rentsch Brewery.

A Conversation with Charles Dickerson, COO at Austin Energy and GridNEXT Keynote Speaker

A Conversation with Charles Dickerson, COO at Austin Energy and GridNEXT Keynote Speaker

By Peter Kelly-Detwiler - TREIA Storyteller in Residence


Sometimes a LinkedIn profile tells far less than half the story about a person’s career. That is certainly the case with Austin Energy’s Chief Operating Officer, Charles Dickinson.  LinkedIn can summarize the positions a person has held – and in the electric utility industry, Dickerson has pretty much done it all. But LinkedIn can not adequately describe the how, or the why.
 
In a recent interview for TREIA, Dickerson described the arc of his rich career, some of what he has learned, and what he sees coming next for an industry in the middle of a dramatic transition.

Five Texas munis partner to add 500 MW of solar

Five Texas munis partner to add 500 MW of solar

Five utilities in Texas have announced plans develop 500 MW of solar farms. New Braunfels Utilities (NBU), Bryan Texas Utilities, Denton Municipal Electric, Garland Power and Light and the Kerrville Public Utility Board have teamed up to create the purchasing power necessary to fund their commitment to renewable generation.

For NBU, as well as most of the rest of the group of utilities, this is their first dip into large-scale solar generation. The exception is Denton Municipal Electric, which signed a 15-year contract with NextEra for the output of a 100 MW solar project earlier this year, as a part of the city’s goal to go 100% renewable. At the time of that purchase, Sierra Club estimated that Denton is procuring 60% of its electricity from renewable sources, so this will undoubtedly aid the cause.

AEP Looks To Fatten Ohio Renewable Resources

AEP Looks To Fatten Ohio Renewable Resources

American Electric Power (AEP) has filed an amended Long-Term Forecast Report with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that demonstrates the need for at least 900 MW of new renewable generation resources in Ohio.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), this would more than double clean energy in a state that is dominated by coal and gas electricity production.

Texas electric grid did just fine without coal-fired power plants

Texas electric grid did just fine without coal-fired power plants

The Texas electricity market proved once again why it’s a leading innovator, and power customers around the world should pay attention.

Six months ago, critics predicted that Texans would suffer soaring electricity prices and rolling blackouts in what they predicted would be cruel summer. Generators had shut down expensive coal-fired power plants, raising questions about whether supply could meet demand.

Texas coal plant to shut down by 2020

Texas coal plant to shut down by 2020

A north Texas coal-fired power plant will shut down in 2020 after it couldn't make money in the Texas power market.

The nearly 700 megawatt Oklaunion plant near Vernon couldn't compete in the market run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT said AEP Texas spokesman Greg Blair.

ICC Hosting Policy Session on FERC’s Decision on PJM Capacity Market Reform (RPM Opt-Out)

ICC Hosting Policy Session on FERC’s Decision on PJM Capacity Market Reform (RPM Opt-Out)

The Illinois Commerce Commission will hold today a Policy Session on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s Decision on PJM Capacity Market Reform

The purpose of the policy session is to learn about PJM capacity markets and to discuss the FERC decision, its implications, and potential responses to federal intrusion into areas of state jurisdiction. An agenda and speaker info is available here

Just Energy: US Appeals Court Affirms Use of the Outside Sales Exemption

Just Energy: US Appeals Court Affirms Use of the Outside Sales Exemption

Just Energy Group Inc. announced that in Kevin Flood, et al. v. Just Energy Marketing Group, et al. 2d Cir., No. 17-0546, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday affirmed the lower court’s decision holding that the plaintiffs fit the “outside salesman” exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and New York Labor Law (“NYLL”).

Accordingly, the plaintiffs were not entitled to the minimum wage and overtime claims brought under the FLSA and NYLL.