When Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, stepped on to a stage in Los Angeles earlier this year to unveil the company's Powerwall energy storage device for residential customers, the public's reaction was nothing short of giddy. It was as if energy storage was a brand new technology that was poised to
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
The U.S. Supreme Court in January affirmed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rules for demand response compensation in wholesale energy markets run by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. The high court in a 6-2 decision reversed and remanded the U.S. Court
Let's face it: the electric utility business isn't typically seen as high tech or innovative. But new technologies ranging from the internet of things to rooftop solar and real-time demand response are significantly impacting utility services. Cable television is also experiencing significant change