Power Breakfast for July 30, 2014

Demand response rebates; electric vehicle charging; FERC weighs in on EPA GHG rule


powerbreakfastA nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • Critical peak rebate programs, which reward customers for reducing electricity use during peak demand, are a new trend in Texas, according to Texas Electricity Ratings. From the blog:

    “Critical Peak Rebate programs are part of several initiatives to help Texas electricity generation stay on when temperatures are high, plants are offline, and the grid is being pushed to its maximum capacity. The most notable initiative would be the increasing of the market cap to $9000 during peak demand to try and spur new electricity plant investment.”

  • The Electric Power Research Institute is working with automakers and U.S. utilities to connect electric vehicles to a common charging platform. From the Greentech Media article:

    “About 225,000 plug-in vehicles are on U.S. roads today, representing a tiny fraction of the country’s total transportation fleet. But their effects on local grid stability are already being anticipated by utilities in California, the epicenter of EV growth, and in grid-constrained places like Hawaii. Finding a common way to know where these vehicles are, what they’re doing, and how they can alter their behavior to help the grid is an important first step to preparing the infrastructure for their broader adoption.”

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners told Congress the proposed carbon emissions rule could raise costs and affect reliability in the U.S. electricity system, but also said the government has a responsibility to act on climate change, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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