Getting Paid for NegaWatts

The supreme court recently held that a FERC rule requiring utilities to pay large customers for not using electricity was legal. While FERC may have acted legally, the concept of paying a customer for not using electricity defies common sense. Continue reading Getting Paid for NegaWatts

Good News For The Grid

The federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reigned in the use of Negawatts by nullifying a 2011 order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) allowing regional transmission operators to pay for Negawatts1. Negawatts is a play on Megawatts. Paying Continue reading Good News For The Grid

Smart Grid as Marketing Tool

Proponents of smart grids always seem to highlight Demand Response (DR). Articles, such as the April 10 article in Intelligent Utility Daily, cite examples of how Demand Response can reduce demand during periods of peak load. The article explains how Continue reading Smart Grid as Marketing Tool

Insight Into Smart Meters

The hype surrounding the smart grid has resulted in smart meters being equated with the smart grid. Smart meters can improve certain aspects of the distribution system, and can play a very limited role in efficiently managing the grid, but Continue reading Insight Into Smart Meters

Another Misleading Report

The Brattle Group proudly issued their report that energy efficiency will result in a 5% to 15% drop in electricity consumption by 2020. Prestigious publications published summaries of the report. It’s unbelievable that an unscientific poll could form the basis Continue reading Another Misleading Report