As a bridge to a low-carbon future, natural gas can’t – and shouldn’t – meet every need.
Some describe natural gas generation as the “Swiss army knife” of technologies, as it can meet a variety of electric system needs. Yet while a Swiss army knife can prove handy, we don’t often use it when we have access to a well-equipped toolbox. It can introduce unnecessary costs and unacceptable risks.
The surprising reason why American manufacturing is getting greener.
The newfound abundance of shale gas is not just benefiting utilities using it fuel electric generators. It’s also benefiting manufacturers, which are tapping into basins to fuel their onsite generators.
Distributed energy has a long history in the state – with co-generation, or combined heat and power, playing the dominant role. How is that portfolio changing today?
Combined heat and power still leads the Empire State in market penetration by distributed resources, but costs are not falling as fast as for storage or solar PV.
Utilities should think hard about business models.
Death spiral? Maybe not. But retail load – as served by utilities – will surely fall.
The industry’s transformation has begun. Should the F40 transform too?
(September 2014) Our annual ranking of shareholder performance tracks the long-term returns of leading utilities. But can it predict success in a transformed energy market?
How to find value in distributed energy resources.
Rick Fioravanti and Nicholas Abi-Samra
Distributed resources create a new multi-directional power grid, achieving the sort of scale-driven cost levels and ease of installation that portend of future mass deployment.
Designing markets to accommodate variable resources.
Mike Hogan and Bentham Paulos
Growth in variable resources creates an increasing need for demand response and fast-ramping generation. The right market design can bring both.
Developing a leadership role for utilities in alternative technologies.
Andrew Kosnaski and Ramesh (“Rudy”) Shankar
Faced with aging assets, rising operating costs, growing regulatory risks, and flat demand growth, utilities are challenged to remain competitive in an evolving energy market. The answer might be for utilities to establish a leadership position and pursue a more flexible mission.