Integrated Grid

EPRI’s Jeffrey Hamel, the executive director of the Power Delivery and Utilization Team, authored the report The Integrated Grid.  The main focus of the report according to Hamel is how DG resources, generation and storage should be integrated together.

The first two phases are:

The Integrated Grid: Realizing the Full Value of Central and Distributed Energy Resources.

The Integrated Grid Phase II: Development of a Benefit-Cost Framework.

“The intent of these papers is to align stakeholders on the main issues while outlining real examples to support open fact-based discussion. Input and review were provided by various stakeholders from the energy sector including utilities, regulatory agencies, equipment suppliers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other interested parties. ”

http://www.epri.com/Our-Work/Pages/Integrated-Grid.aspx

NY Gov’s Reforming Energy Vision

The goal of the Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming Energy Vision is to have the Public Service Commission (PSC) “improve system efficiency, empower customer choice, and encourage greater penetration of clean generation and energy efficiency technologies and practices”.

REV is a response to current issues such as:

  • Consumers spend hundreds of millions annually to maintain the full capabilities of a system that is needed only on the very hottest days of the summer.
  • The need for utilities to actively manage and coordinate a wide range of distributed resources, or generate electricity from many small energy sources
  • Lack of existing market enabling customers to optimize their energy priorities, provide system benefits, and be compensated for providing such system benefit

 

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Veolia launches new tool to determine true cost of water

“The metric tool, called the ‘True Cost of Water’, will help businesses and municipalities to assess the financial implications of various risks and impacts concerning water, allowing them to make better decisions in managing water.”–Johann Clere, Veolia global director for business development, industrial markets

 

DOE’s Proposed New Electric Motor Standards

“… new motors meeting the proposed standards purchased over the next 30 years will save businesses about $23 billion. Those savings go right to the bottom line, making U.S. industry more competitive. The new standards will also save about a trillion kilowatt hours of electricity. (The U.S. as a whole uses about 4 trillion kWh per year.) Those electricity savings translate to millions of fewer tons of power sector emissions.”– Andrew deLaski