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Utility Investments in Emerging Technologies May Transform the Traditional Grid

As indicated in a recent survey of more than 400 utility executives, we could see a more rapid transformation of our traditional centralized electric grid than many observers have envisioned. Continue reading

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New Models Emerging as Potential Future of the Electric Distribution System, Part I

Technology is rapidly changing electric distribution and customer energy usage, which means electric utilities and their regulators are working to develop a model for the future of the electric distribution utility. Two potential models that are emerging in some U.S. states are the Distribution System Platform Provider (DSPP) and the Distribution System Operator (DSO). Continue reading

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Will a Gulf in Energy Services Become the Next Digital Divide?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Concerns over the Digital Divide are widespread. As described by Internet World Stats: “The Digital Divide, or the digital split, is a social issue referring to the differing amount of information between … 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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Must Indiana Learn to Live with No Growth in Electric Demand?

By Bill Malcolm, guest author For the first time in the state’s history, Indiana electricity demand for the next 20 years is expected to be flat. This is the finding of a recent forecast of Indiana electricity supply and demand prepared … 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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Electric Industry Seeks Balance between Distributed Generation and the Traditional Grid

by Matthew Rose, Enerdynamics’ Instructor The industry “topic du jour” in 2013 was that utilities are facing dramatic and potentially disastrous changes to their business. These revelations could be traced to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) assertion that various “disruptive … Continue reading

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Drop in Electric Demand and Spike in Rates an Ignored Issue in the Midwest

By Bill Malcolm, guest author When EPA announced new emissions regulations affecting coal power plants, some in the industry predicted resulting power outages. But as coal retirements occur, the situation looks much less dire. Initial 8,500 MW power shortfall predictions … Continue reading

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Will Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon Displace Your Utility?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor One of the more outspoken and forward-thinking executives in today’s energy industry is NRG Energy’s CEO David Crane.  When recently asked who NRG’s competitors will be in the future, he responded: “If … Continue reading

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Why the Only Super Bowl Outage Was the Broncos’ Play

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Flash back to one year ago and many post-Super Bowl articles started like this one from CBS: “A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation’s biggest sporting event on hold for … Continue reading

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