Different Outcomes in State’s Two Distinct Markets
Marc Miller and Bob Gibson
Texas highlights the importance of market structures and economics in the growth of solar deployment. Driven by customer interest and policy objectives, distributed and utility-scale solar has thrived in municipal and cooperative service territories. The same has not been true in the competitive wholesale market with retail choice.
Bumpy Road Ahead
Glenn R. George, Hans-Martin Ihle, and Miura Wataru
This is the first in a series of three articles related to power market reform in Japan and its implications both for Japan and globally.
What a review of PUC cases tells us about the future of consumer technology and grid modernization.
There may be a more fundamental schism that raises fundamental questions about the role of the distribution utility and footprint of the natural monopoly.
An innovative approach to targeted retail aggregation.
Michael Strong and Mark Pruitt
No state has had the same initial success with municipal aggregation as Illinois, where more than 650 local governments enrolled 70 percent of residential consumers into municipal aggregation contracts. The pathway forward in Illinois provides a model to help get programs off the ground in all retail choice states.
Trying to fix mandatory capacity markets like trying to win whack-a-mole, Part I
Delia Patterson and Harvey Reiter
FERC’s efforts to get capacity markets “right” have led to endless – and futile – tinkering. The cure proposed – making capacity auction markets mandatory – has unfortunately proved far worse than the disease.
Are regulators managing market manipulation?
Ken Silverstein, Editor-In-Chief
Some will stray from ethical behavior. But markets must be regulated to maintain confidence.
A re-defined capacity product, revised parameters for generator performance, and a new role for demand response.
The proposal creates a new capacity product called the “Capacity Performance Resource.”
PJM would minimize risk, but so did regulation.
Changes envisioned by PJM call for ever more structured markets, further reducing the scope of the competitive landscape from which RTOs arose. They may produce a system that is actually more costly and less innovative than regulation.
A new front opens in the solar wars.
Has Arizona Public Service found a way to cheat the death spiral?
The rationale for microgrids.
Edward N. Krapels and Clarke Bruno
Despite an array of challenges, microgrids are becoming a force in the market. Innovative projects bring greater efficiency and resilience.