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Sourcing Renewables  -  July 1, 2020 - By Jake Duncan, IMT

Stronger Together: Optimizing Renewable Energy

The momentum behind the renewable energy transition is unstoppable. To date, 162 local governments, 13 states and the District of Columbia, and 229 global companies have committed to 100% renewable energy. In this column from IMT's "Stronger Together" series, Jake Duncan explores how efficiency and demand management can smooth over some of the challenges of the renewable energy transition so that we can power an electrified society quickly and cost-effectively.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  June 29, 2020 - By Caitlin Marquis, Advanced Energy Economy

What COVID Means for Energy Goals and Sustainability Efforts, Today and Tomorrow

As companies adjust to a new normal during COVID-19, sustainability teams face their own challenge: assessing whether and how the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout will affect progress toward their company’s renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. In this column, Caitlin Marquis of Advance Energy Economy outlines how conditions are affecting the energy industry, how regulators and lawmakers are responding, and what to watch for in the months ahead.
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June 19, 2020 - By John Failla, Smart Energy Decisions

Inspiring Diversity in Energy

The energy industry has a diversity problem. In October 2019, the Wall Street Journal cited the energy industry as 10th out of 11 industries measured. In this column, Smart Energy Decisions' Founder & Editorial Director John Failla says, let’s work together to address the problem.
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Energy Efficiency  -  May 22, 2020 - By Jake Duncan, IMT

Stronger Together: Why Efficiency with Electrification Catalyzes Systems Change

In the late-2010s, the “electrify everything” movement emerged as a long-term solution to the ever-growing carbon emissions of the U.S. However, electrification as a decarbonizing strategy depends on using renewable power for new electric devices. In this column from IMT - the second in their "Stronger Together" series, Jake Duncan explores why energy efficiency is crucial to electrification.
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Utilities  -  May 13, 2020

Synchronizing the Electric Regulatory Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is influencing every aspect of the global economy, and electric utilities are certainly seeing significant impacts. This column from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) warns that before utility regulators take actions to adjust revenues or rates to reflect COVID-19 impacts, it is important to identify and quantify the broad range of impacts so that those that increase costs or reduce sales can be appropriately offset against those that decrease costs or cause increased sales in some sectors.
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April 27, 2020 - By Ana Radovanovic, Google

Our data centers now work harder when the sun shines and wind blows

Addressing the challenge of climate change demands a transformation in how the world produces and uses energy. In this column, Google presents its latest innovation as they work towards 24x7 carbon-free energy everywhere they have data centers.
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Regulation  -  April 2, 2020 - By Caitlin Marquis, Advanced Energy Economy

UPDATE: Understanding the MOPR - What an Obscure FERC Rule Could Mean for Renewable Energy Buyers

The hottest four-letter word of 2020 is MOPR (Minimum Offer Price Rule), which has become a top concern of clean energy advocates, advanced energy developers, and large power users. This column from Caitlin Marquis of Advanced Energy Economy explores the implications of this FERC rule, which poses a threat to both state clean energy policies and voluntary purchases of renewable energy in PJM - and offers an update following PJM's March compliance filing to FERC.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  April 1, 2020 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Chesapeake College: On-Campus Solar Energy and Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner Chesapeake College for energy efficiency advances made throughout its Wye Mills, Maryland campus. Most recently, the college completed a 1.8-megawatt solar array with 1-megawatt battery backup. Here's how they did it.
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Energy Efficiency  -  March 30, 2020 - By Jake Duncan, IMT

Stronger Together: Efficiency With Instead of Efficiency First

As the demand for climate action continues to ramp up, more cities, businesses, and utilities are discussing their decarbonization strategies for the years ahead. In this column from Jake Duncan of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), advancing these efforts will require a shift in the way building owners and tenants, city leaders, utility representatives, and communities think about buildings and the role of energy efficiency.
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March 27, 2020 - By John Failla, Smart Energy Decisions

COVID-19 won't stop us

This is an unprecedented time in our history with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the health of those we care about, our businesses, the economy, and the way we live our lives. As we continue to pursue our mission to help you navigate the energy transition during these challenging times, we want you to know that Smart Energy Decisions is here for you.
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