Clean energy advocates, utilities and policymakers frequently tout the benefits of energy efficiency and demand-side management. But driving utilities to invest in such programs at a meaningful scale is not easy in a marketplace where profits are still often largely driven by volume of sales.
A Chicago-based startup is trying to address a major engineering challenge with the electric grid by redesigning one of the most fundamental substances in the universe: ice.
New court cases and filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could derail FirstEnergy and American Electric Power’s plans to guarantee sales to affiliated power plants, even if Ohio regulators approve the deals.
A group of Illinois nonprofits seeks to bundle together enough clean demand response, renewable resources and energy storage to bid it into the PJM Interconnection’s capacity auction.
FirstEnergy’s plans to gut most of its Ohio energy efficiency programs come just as the company has ramped up state and federal efforts to prop up markets for its power plants.
The EPA plans to allow diesel backup generators – many of which are already run periodically for maintenance – to be used for up to 100 hours per year to help manage the grid. Some environmentalists say that’s a step in the wrong direction.