Energy Systems Consulting Perspectives

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 (

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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 Integrated Energy Models Predict the Impact of Alternative Futures

Posted by OnLocation on Dec 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM

As new power generation technologies emerge and gain acceptance, many different companies and organizations have a keen interest in their long-term impact. State and national energy and environmental offices, non-governmental organizations, and members of the power industry are all doing their best to keep a close watch on the progress of technologies like wind and solar power, small modular nuclear reactors, and distributed energy. These groups are interested primarily in:

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Topics: Energy Modeling, Alternative Power, Integrated Modeling

Managing Risk Due to Changing Natural Gas Prices

Posted by OnLocation on Nov 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Prices are down—way down—for natural gas. According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, natural gas futures hit a three-year low this year. But, as the Wall Street Journal and other observers report, these low prices aren’t likely to stick around. Reasons for this include:

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Topics: Energy Modeling, Energy Policy, Alternative Power

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