Energy Systems Consulting Perspectives

Energy Systems Consulting Perspectives

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Market Failures, Inefficiencies, and Other Issues with Baseload Generation in ISO Markets

Posted by OnLocation on May 9, 2018 11:20:00 AM

The mix of fuels making up the U.S. power sector is constantly evolving, responding to market forces including the changing price of fuels, the mix of new generator construction, government policies such as renewable portfolio standards, and technological improvements. As the share of U.S. electricity that is being generated from renewable energy and natural gas continues to grow, increasing focus is being placed on ensuring adequate and reliable baseload generation at a time when traditional baseload energy sources are being replaced with non-dispatchable, or intermittent, power generation.

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Topics: Energy Modeling, Environmental Regulation, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change

Potential Savings of Extending Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for 10 years

Posted by OnLocation on Mar 13, 2018 12:57:10 PM

 

The recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 re-instated residential energy efficiency tax credits - but only retroactively for one year through 2017.  This ‘Section 25C’ credit provides a tax credit for the purchase of certain energy-efficient equipment up to $300, which incentivizes homeowners to choose energy-efficient products over less efficient alternatives. Over $1.6 billion of these ‘Section 25C’ tax credits were claimed by homeowners in 2015 for investments in energy efficiency improvements.

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Topics: Energy Modeling, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change

Tax Policy's Potential Role in the Transition to a Low Carbon Future

Posted by OnLocation on Dec 12, 2017 11:09:59 AM

Frances Wood recently presented results of an OnLocation analysis at the 35th Annual USAEE/IAEE North American Conference held in Houston Texas in November 2017.  The United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) is the largest affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), an organization that provides a forum for industry professionals to exchange ideas on a variety of issues and challenges facing the energy industry. 

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Topics: Energy Modeling, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change

Are Microgrids the Solution for Puerto Rico?

Posted by OnLocation on Oct 11, 2017 12:59:29 PM

Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Though the death toll was limited, weeks later 3.4 million Americans still lack power and basic services. Officials estimate that it will take several months until the power is restored, and the sheer effects of the destruction will be visible for years.

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Topics: Energy Modeling, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change

Natural Gas Can Play a Role in a Transition to a Low Carbon Future

Posted by OnLocation on Sep 18, 2017 11:35:00 AM

Frances Wood and Sharon Showalter at OnLocation co-authored a paper that was published in the latest issue of the journal Energy PolicyThe publication, titled Sensitivity of Natural Gas Deployment in the U.S. Power Sector to Future Carbon Policy Expectations, describes results from a joint study with Dr. Bryan Mignone of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Haewon McJeon of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Joint Global Change Research Institute, and Daniel Steinberg of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  A presentation describing this study was also featured at the 2017 International Energy Workshop held at the University of Maryland College Park in July.

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Topics: Energy Modeling, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change

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