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The Utility of the Future: Shifting Regulatory Paradigm, or Demise of the Grid?

Massive grid defection could happen in the near future. A speaker at New England Electricity’s 141st Restructuring Roundtable, “The Electric Utility of the (Near?) Future; and The Promise of Storage for Renewables,” presented on the economic benefits of going off the grid, sending ripples through the packed audience that lined the walls and filled the overflowing room.

A commercial solar array on top of an office facility in Fall River MA, System installed and commissioned by Solar Installation LLC

A commercial solar array on top of an office facility in Fall River MA, System installed and commissioned by Solar Installation LLC

Clearly, this was a big deal. As a Public Policy Intern at NEEP, a meeting in Boston with the who’s who of the New England energy scene discussing major changes is the height of excitement. The June 27th Roundtable was moderated by Dr. Jonathan Raab of Raab Associates Ltd., and hosted a star-studded panel of energy leaders, whose presentations are available online.

The way we interact with the energy grid is evolving; the regulatory changes state governments make to create a modern Utility of the Future are crucial, as this is an issue that affects everyone on a daily basis.

Jon Creyts, a Managing Director at the Rocky Mountain Institute, began the morning by jumping into this highly contentious issue with his presentation entitled “The Economics of Grid Defection.” The goal of Creyts’s study was to establish a fact-base for where and when solar power coupled with battery storage hybrid power systems can compete with traditional utility service.

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NEEP’s Coakley Presents Trends in Energy Efficiency Policy and Programs at the Restructuring Roundtable

IMG_0337NEEP was honored to participate in an important Restructuring Roundtable discussion last week on the state of energy efficiency in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Sue Coakley, NEEP’s Executive Director, presented at the event along with Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy Resources Mark Sylvia, Connecticut Energy Policy Advisor Jessie Stratton and Steve Rourke of ISO-New England. The impressive panel highlighted the tremendous progress the Northeast states have made on energy efficiency and put a spotlight on innovative policy and system planning approaches that will help the region continue to lead.

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