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Where Have all the Aggregators Gone?

Wonder why non-wires alternative procurements are failing to meet the frothy expectations of five years ago?  One reason is that most distributed energy resource (DER) …

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The Future of Electric Rates

Bob Dylan, that well known electric utility analyst, famously noted that “The times they are a changing…the waters around you have grown…you better start swimmin’ …

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DERs: Déjà vu all over again

Those of you who worked over the last couple decades in wind and then solar integration may find a familiar scene being played out with …

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What is Your Path to a High DER Future?

The rapid uptake of distributed generation (DG) has impacts on the distribution system, bulk power system, and utility cost recovery economics, especially with high penetrations …

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Agile Planning

Planning for the future or the past?  Striking the balance between robust and nimble planning Utility planners are facing increasing challenges and it’s tempting to …

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Future History

Transformation of the electric industry isn’t isolated from the larger societal, customer and technological changes that have impacted other industries. The future history of the …

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Storage: It’s Not Just for Grid Services Anymore

Energy storage for the grid has generally been viewed as an optional add-on device to bolster reliability of the grid, as a special case reliability …

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Are We Smart Enough?

The electric industry is changing! This is old news to many of you, but in my 30-year career in the electric utility industry there has …

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Enabling Price Responsive Demand

Distributed energy resources (DER) have the potential to transform electricity markets, making them more reliable, competitive, and affordable, while providing a cornerstone for zero-net-CO2 energy …

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Back to Basics

America’s electricity system is in a state of regulatory disarray, and has been for two decades, since the move to restructure the industry that began …

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Welcome to the Pacific Energy Institute

Welcome to the Pacific Energy Institute and our Blog. The Pacific Energy Institute envisions a sustainable world that is significantly dependent upon distributed energy resources …

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