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What is the Least-cost Source of Electricity in Your Community?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Average Costs Across the U.S. In our June 2016 blog post titled Economics, Not Policy Mandates, Drive the Growth of Renewables we described how the price of utility-scale wind and solar projects was becoming … Continue reading

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Corporate Purchasers Are As Important as Utilities in Renewables Growth

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Facilitator  In recent years, new wind and solar electric generating capacity has outpaced all other sources of power. In 2016, the two renewables sources grew by more than 20,000 MW compared to the … Continue reading

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Is the End of Baseload Generation a Reality?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Since the mid-20th century, it’s been widely accepted wisdom: For electric utilities to economically serve customers they must build generating systems rooted in large baseload plants. But with the recent growth of … Continue reading

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Electric Vehicles May Be Key to Utilities’ Load Growth

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Just over a year ago, penetration of electric vehicles was miniscule compared to the more than 226 million registered vehicles in the U.S. But, as we noted in our Q1 2015 issue of … Continue reading

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Will This Generation of Utility Employees See the Last Coal Unit Close?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Facilitator The City of Fort Collins Utilities, a municipal utility in northern Colorado, has a conundrum. Through its partial ownership of Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), Fort Collins Utilities gets about 75% of … Continue reading

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A Visual Look at the Electric and Natural Gas Delivery Systems

Natural gas and electricity take long and complex journeys from their original sources to their final end-use consumers. Understanding the various stages of each journey — commonly known as the delivery system — is important for those who work in the … Continue reading

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Southern Company/AGL Merger Reflects Trends in the Utility Business

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor On August 24, 2015, Southern Company and AGL Resources announced a planned merger whereby AGL will become a new wholly owned subsidiary of Southern. The merger, if approved by regulators, will create … Continue reading

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