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Letting Customers Lead Us to a 21st-Century Electricity Grid

From Hawaiian homeowners to large customers in the Nevada desert to government fleet managers in cities across the U.S., customers are beginning to take control of their energy by using innovative distributed energy resources (DERs). DERs such as rooftop solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, and grid-interactive appliances can save customers…

Rate-Design Best Practices for Public Electric-Vehicle Chargers

Public direct current fast chargers (DCFC) are anticipated to play an important role in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. However, utility demand charges—special charges based on the peak rate of electricity consumption in a month, which are applied in addition to the…

Shifting Currents

The regional power-grid operator Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has quietly become a leader in renewable energy, and recent improvements to its marketplace signal an opportunity for corporate buyers. With an estimated 19 gigawatts (GW) of planned wind capacity additions (more than three times the current total of corporate off-take deals),…