Utility Execs' Roundtable: We sat down with five utility execs who lead their companies on innovation
By Public Utilities Fortnightly
Migrating to a model that focuses on product and service volume to produce margins is a fundamental shift. But the challenge these executives acknowledge is learning how to blend several unique business models as the scope of their business expands.
Creating Key Infrastructure
Aimee Mills with Dan Bowermaster, EPRI
How will utilities approach a charging infrastructure with 46 electric vehicle models on the market by 2020? This is of particular interest in California, which has a mandate of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.
Massachusetts Case Study
Currently, California and Oregon are the only states to issue an energy storage mandate. Massachusetts is considering whether to establish such a mandate and if procurement targets are warranted, the amount of additional energy storage to procure.
Village of Minster, Ohio
The real significance and impact of the Minster project lies in the story behind it. It’s the town’s remarkable ability to complete a privately financed solar-plus-storage installation. The leaders have flown under the radar in a state known as one of the least friendly to renewable energy in the nation.
A year later, reality is kicking in.
One year after Elon Musk rolled out the Powerwall: The real price is 60 to 80 percent more than Musk claimed. A handful (yes, I mean about five) have actually been installed in Germany and Australia. None in the U.S. so far.
Utility load growth from EVs can actually benefit all ratepayers by providing societal benefits and reducing utilities’ average cost of service.
Nancy Ryan and Lucy McKenzie
An EV charging infrastructure network only provides value and reduces range anxiety to the degree it is well maintained.
A New Initiative, a New Fuel Cell Car
General Motors unveiled its Autonomy fuel cell car, which it says is the first vehicle designed exclusively for the fuel cell.
First of two-part series. See part two, Capturing Benefits for All Ratepayers, in the April 2016 issue.
Nancy Ryan & Lucy McKenzie
Utility investments to support EV adoption may be structured and scaled to benefit all customers.
Installing utility-scale, grid-connected battery storage.
Stories on installing grid-connected battery storage from AEP, Green Mountain Power, Imperial Irrigation District, and Kauai Island (Hawaii) Utility Co-op.
Battery Storage: The hoopla far exceeds the reality.
Mahler’s music was better than it sounded, and so is battery energy storage.