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Will President Obama's Clean Power Plan Fly?

President Obama and his EPA are now taking public comments on the Clean Power Plan – the proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on existing coal-fired power plants by motivating investments in new technologies or entering into regional cap-and-trade programs. It's a rule-making that has raised the ire of Republicans, who feel the Democratic administration has gone too far. But it's one that raises the hopes of others, who say that it will spur utilities to build or invest in cleaner alternatives. Just what fuels benefit from this? Natural gas is obvious winner, although nuclear and renewables are also fighting for a greater slice of the electric generation pie.

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan won’t exactly move at the speed of light. But it may jumpstart demand for more alternative fuels that are more ecologically beneficial than the older coal-fired technologies.

Geotargeting: More Analytics, Less Infrastructure

To relieve pressure from a stressed power grid, owners of commercial buildings should turn first to analytics to boost energy efficiency.

With an aging infrastructure stressed by a variety of factors from inclement weather to a decreasing number of operational power plants to heightened electric consumption levels, today's grid often struggles to achieve its core function – keeping the lights on and the power flowing.

Grid constraint refers to a scenario in which power demand exceeds transmission and distribution (T&D) capacity in a given area. Constraints have a negative impact on the grid's ability to deliver power reliably, as it is supposed to.

Rock the Rooftop: Wellinghoff's Plan to Set Solar Straight

Former FERC Chair Wellinghoff: let utilities own solar behind the meter, within service territory, with rate base treatment.

When Jon Wellinghoff sat as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, he guaranteed open access to electric transmission lines. Marketers, traders, merchant power producers, owners, demand response aggregators - each could share in a slice of the grid, courtesy of FERC.

The Polar Vortex: Was Gas at Fault?

Natural gas industry expert Frank Brock, ICF International, reviews the Polar Vortex (winter 2014), and why gas and electric markets are out of sync.

On a frightfully cold Friday afternoon this past January, at the height of the infamous "Polar Vortex," grid system operators at PJM faced a daunting choice.

Recent weeks already had witnessed widespread outages at electric generating plants across the Northeast US, causing power reserves to drop to astonishingly low levels, as if in tandem with the falling mercury.

Planning for GHG Regulation

Renewables win and coal loses in a carbon-constrained future. Scenario modeling lends insight to capital planning and resource strategy processes.

It is more certain now than it was a year ago that the United States will regulate carbon emissions from power plants in the future. The details surrounding this regulation, however, are still very uncertain, and present a problem for utilities as they attempt to plan for an uncertain future. Power generation companies, particularly electric utilities, can no longer ignore the potential for future carbon regulation.