Tag Archives: Electricity generation

What Services Can Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Provide to the Grid? Part II

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Facilitator Our last blog post discussed the transformation from an electric grid driven by centralized generation to a grid powered by distributed energy resources (DER). For this transformation to successfully occur, industry insiders must understand … 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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An In-depth Look at the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Part II

by Matthew Rose, Enerdynamics Instructor Last week I gave a brief overview of what the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan is and the objectives guiding it. Now for a little more detail on the EPA’s approach toward implementation… The plan’s … 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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Can Incentive Regulation Save the Future of Utilities?

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Utilities in the U.S. are caught in a quandary.  The traditional model for creating earnings growth for investors is built around increasing sales and growing capital investment.  Yet as we move forward into … Continue reading

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