On July 3, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order addressing issues raised on rehearing in response to one of two October 2022 orders that set the stage for small minority investors to be considered affiliates of a public utility for market-based rate and Federal Power Act (“FPA”) section 203 approval purposes whenever someone accountable to them is appointed to a public utility or utility holding company board of directors. … More
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New York Utility Company Seeks Proposals to Electrify Buildings Instead of Building More Gas Pipelines
On July 12, 2021, in a landmark utility effort to electrify New York City’s building stock, Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for non-pipeline solutions (NPS). NPSs avoid the need for investment in pipelines and traditional distribution system infrastructure by meeting on-system natural gas demand with alternative solutions like energy efficiency and heat pumps. Con Ed’s RFP seeks customer-sited load relief solutions that enable the abandonment of leak-prone pipes through full building electrification while maintaining system reliability.… More
Are Distributed Generation and Demand Side Management Trends Poised to Cause a Radical Transformation in the Electric Utility Industry?
The Utilities themselves may be starting to take the threat seriously. A recent report prepared for the Edison Electric Institute by Peter Kind of Energy Infrastructure Advocates argues that technological and economic changes – led by falling costs of distributed generation (think primarily PV, but also storage, EVs and other distributed technologies) and increasing interest in demand side management technologies (think efficiency) – are “game changers” that could lead to changes in the electric utility industry comparable to those experienced by the telecommunications industry beginning in the late 1970s.… More