Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show that utilities across the board are upping their game when it comes to safety. Nonfatal illnesses and injuries in the utility sector fell in 2013 from 2.8 to 2.1 incidents per 100 workers.
Customers want solar. And no matter how they access it, they will turn to their utility for help. The technology may not be for everyone, but utilities that prepare proactively can better respond if customer interest does arise. Utilities are uniquely positioned to maximize the customer benefits of
Public Power Forward is an umbrella term that APPA has coined for the new and evolving energy technologies — distributed generation, energy storage, demand response, and innovative energy efficiency techniques — that public power utilities must be responsive to.
The electric utility industry often experiences episodes of marked change, during which operating practices and market structures are challenged, reconsidered, and sometimes transformed into fundamentally different business and regulatory models. We're in the middle of such an episode now. The
Where there are no RTO-operated capacity markets, utilities either build their own generation or enter into contracts with generators to buy adequate capacity, keeping prices low for customers. These utilities are able to provide a reliable supply of electricity at a reasonable cost. There is no
At the first sign of trouble, our community decides to disconnect from the broader grid. Why worry — we live on our own little microgrid with a limitless supply of electricity, right? The problem is that when we disconnect from the main grid, the collective amount of generation in our microgrid is