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Are Capacity Auctions Ensuring Reliability or Just Ensuring Generator Revenues?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Enerdynamics recently developed a course titled ISO Market Basics that teaches electric industry newcomers the basics of the various services bought and sold in ISO markets. One of the key questions addressed … Continue reading

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Why Would Consumers Want a Home Battery? Part I

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor At a recent press conference in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Edwin Musk gave a compelling presentation on how Tesla’s new Powerwall home battery system will revolutionize the electric industry.  And you too … Continue reading

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The Future for Utilities: More Efficiency and Less Fossil Fuels

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Enerdynamics recently released an update of its Electricity Flow infographic (click on infographic to enlarge): This graphic is based on data from the Energy Information Administration and shows the input fuels, conversion losses, … Continue reading

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Utility Commissions Speak on the Future of the Utility: The Future Hawaiian Grid

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Much discussion lately has focused on the future of the electric utility. Some believe that utilities won’t change much despite all the hype, while others fear a death spiral will result in … Continue reading

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One Merchant Generator’s Plans for a “Distributed Generation-centric, Disaggregated Future”

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor The threat that new technologies and market evolution have on the current utility business model is very real. In a world of declining load growth driven by energy efficiency and increasing viability of … Continue reading

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Integrating Renewables into the Electric Generation Resource Mix

We recently posted the following graph (of California ISO Hourly Breakdown of Total Production by Resource Type for May 1, 2012) on our Facebook page and asked followers to guess what resource the red section represented: Below is the same … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. Electric Generation Mix Adequately Diversified?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor “My own bias is that natural gas, or shale gas, displaces coal. But the best approach is to manage the risks by diversifying. I’ve seen all the cycles up and down and … Continue reading

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