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Power Sources
Community
It is crucial for owners of power plants to evaluate whether they are better off under a rate- or mass-based plan in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan, a study commissioned by the American Public Power Association and completed in late December said. The report also said that large-scale interstate trading will provide individual EGUs more flexibility to determine the best compliance strategy.
Power Sources
Solar
The Central Municipal Power Agency/Services is exploring low-risk, low-cost community solar to provide renewable power to its members.
Smart Grid
Smart Energy Use
Distributed Energy Resources
Solar
There are opportunities, as well as limitations, for utilizing demand response as a resource for distribution system management, a new report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said.
Communications and Customer Care
Community
Smart Grid
Smart Energy Use
Community
Employing technology to give customers better information about their electricity use -- and more options for managing that use -- can enhance public power utilities' relationships with their customers, save customers money, and help public power utilities trim their power needs and costs.
Electricity Markets
Just under five percent of new electric generation capacity that began operating in 2014 was built only for sale into an organized wholesale power market, a new report completed by the American Public Power Association found.
Energy Storage
Austin Energy in Texas is not only exploring the possibility of a utility-scale energy storage project, but one that could potentially include compressed air energy storage, or CAES.
Electricity Markets
Responding to complaints about skyrocketing electricity prices in parts of Illinois, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered the grid operator in the region to make changes to the rules for its next annual capacity auction, which will take place this spring.
Communications and Customer Care
Community
Electricity Markets
Energy Storage
The Nebraska Public Power District in late December said it was preparing to begin 2016 with new power supply contracts in place with a majority of its wholesale customers.