The Sun Will Come Out For Utility Scale Solar Projects

Many of us working in the electric industry can remember the days where the tinkerers would add solar to their roof tops to save on their power bills. We roll our eyes and scoff that the pay back is forever, even with tax incentives. Well, times have changed because...

Distributed Generation: Making a Deal Between Opportunities and Challenges

Distributed generation (“DG”) is going to be a major influence in the future of the electric industry in the United States. The blend of existing opportunities and challenges has created an environment for electric utilities to consider integrating DG technologies into...

Survivor: The Natural Gas Dilemma Edition

Proven shale gas reserves and fracking technology have dramatically changed the production capability for natural gas and the anticipated utilization of natural gas. Energy Tomorrow touts the U.S. as a world power in natural gas, supported by the largest energy...

Electric Vehicles: 21st Century Smart-Grid Appliances?

For the past several years and notwithstanding the economic woes, growth in residential household load usage has been subdued by the impact of increased efficiencies in electric appliances. Government regulations in the past have called for more efficient HVAC systems,...

Agriculture Energy Management Plans Benefit Farmers and Electric Utilities

Agriculture is a vital industry in the United States, representing approximately $180 billion in the U.S. economy. Rising energy costs threaten the economic viability of farms and have rippling effects throughout the entire economy due to increased food costs and...

OATT Ancillary Services - GDS Associates, Inc -

Transmission dependent utilities (TDUs) have to sort through a myriad of ancillary service schedules that are contained within the open access transmission tariffs (OATT) of their electric transmission service providers. What are these “ancillary” services? Which ones...

The Next Evolution of Residential Rates

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. – Confucius Not long ago, a man with a South African accent proclaims to an excited LA auditorium that he is there to announce “a fundamental transformation in how the...

TransActions - November/December 2015 Newsletter Edition By GDS Associates

DOWNLOAD PDF The Next Evolution of Residential Rates Traditionally, residential rate design has done an imperfect job of recovering fixed costs appropriately. For decades, the standard residential rate has consisted of a customer charge and a consumption-based...