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Energy Systems Consulting Perspectives

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U.S. Mid-Century Strategy

Posted by OnLocation on Feb 16, 2017 4:21:30 PM

We at OnLocation are excited to see – once again - our work featured as an integral part of the recently published study United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization published by the Obama Administration.  

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Topics: NEMS, Energy Modeling, Energy Policy, Advanced Technologies

NEMS and the Duck Issue

Posted by OnLocation on May 25, 2016 11:23:20 AM

As part of our ongoing support for EIA and other government agencies, OnLocation has been studying the potential impact of large amounts of solar generation on grid stability as it relates to the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS).  The issues stem from the timing of solar generation during the day, particularly in months when electricity demand is relatively low such as early spring before air conditioning is needed.  The potential impact on the grid from the high solar generation on days with low electricity demand and the steep reduction in solar in the evening has been dubbed the “duck” issue by the California ISO and was described in a recent post by the Energy Institute at Haas (https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/the-duck-has-landed/).

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Topics: NEMS, Energy Modeling, Renewable Energy

Our Complex Electric System

Posted by OnLocation on Mar 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM

A recent article posted on The Energy Collective titled “The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps” uses a series of maps to illustrate the diversity and complexity of the U.S. electric system as a foundation for understanding some of the conditions impacting the power industry. The maps highlight the regional variety that exists in the current generation mix, electricity prices, and the energy resources available, including wind, solar, natural gas and coal. Region-specific regulations such as renewable portfolio standards (RPS), the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and others add to the complexity of these markets and the difficulty of projecting how these markets will change in the next 10-20 years.

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Topics: NEMS, Energy Modeling, Electricity System

How New Transportation Technologies Will Impact Energy Markets

Posted by OnLocation on Feb 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

In our last blog article, we discussed five factors that might have an impact on the adoption of new transportation technologies like electric cars and natural gas-powered trucks. We believe that factors like cost, performance, and policy will play a major role in determining whether—and when—these technologies will realize their potential for increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions nationwide.

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Topics: Alternative Technologies, Transportation Technologies

5 Critical Factors That Will Impact the Adoption Rate of New Transportation Technologies

Posted by OnLocation on Feb 4, 2016 3:00:00 PM

In 10 or 20 years from now, the nation’s transportation landscape could be vastly different than it is today. Technologies that are currently under development or have only just recently hit the market—like electric vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles, and natural gas trucks—suggest a more energy efficient, lower carbon emission future.

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Topics: Alternative Technologies, Transportation Technologies, CNG Vehicles, Electric Vehicles

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