FTC to NY: Be Wary of Utilities Derailing Independent Microgrids

New York policymakers need to take a closer look at the potential for utilities to derail independent microgrids and other competitors under Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), says the Federal Trade Commission. The federal agency issued the advice in response to a white paper by the New York Public Service Commission’s staff that looks at how … [Read more...]

Is Energy Efficiency Getting Lost in all the Razzle Dazzle?

We live in an age when shiny new things grab our attention. One day it's the Apple watch, the next the driverless car, and another day a robot doing something just too human. In the electric power industry, the innovation isn’t just about technology, but about policy and markets too: new ideas about making, buying and selling power, new players … [Read more...]

New York Grapples with Utility Monopoly Role in ‘REV’ Distributed Energy Market

Several energy players in New York are questioning the wisdom of letting utilities both manage and compete in a first-of-its-kind distributed energy market the state is planning. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a  straw proposal for the market design of … [Read more...]