Energy Industry Update — Volume 20, Issue 1
Join more than 10,000 executives who rely on the EIU for important trends and data-driven insights. This issue will allow you to:
- Consider tactics and strategies for gas utilities to retain the benefits of natural gas as an energy resource and respond to states and municipalities interested in lowering the sector’s carbon intensity
- Learn why resilience continues to be a focus for utilities; how definitions, objectives, and planning processes frame potential approaches to resilience; and how cost-recovery mechanisms may differ for resilience versus standard reliability
- Understand how some states, utilities, and corporations are committing to clean energy goals and how they may radically shift the energy mix in a few decades
- See how COVID-19 influenced this edition and the dialogue around these industry trends in this message from Cristin Lyons, our energy practice leader
The traditionally staid gas-utility industry is facing public pressure from some corners to improve its environmental profile. The industry is developing strategies to respond to this trend. Learn how gas utilities can adapt and engage with customers, local and state governments, and regulators to enhance existing programs and develop new services and practices.
Some states and provinces are adopting ambitious climate goals. Find out how gas utilities are proactively addressing new expectations from policymakers, regulators, and customers on these matters, and thinking more expansively about their resource portfolios.
In order to deploy the right resilience investments, utilities, regulators, governments, and other stakeholders need to agree on roles and responsibilities and the appropriate levels of investment. Learn how planning approaches are being adapted to account for the unique value of resilience and how utilities and other stakeholders are exploring sharing costs for investments needed for the common good.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been considering approaches to setting “just and reasonable” rates for power transmission, as transmission developers and owners seek returns on equity (ROEs) that will attract and reward investment in the sector. Learn about FERC’s recent decisions on setting ROEs for transmission base rates, as well as proposed rulemaking revisiting ROE incentives and their potential implications for transmission development.
As growing numbers of states, utilities, corporations, and utilities commit to clean energy goals, attention is turning to implementation and how the resource mix will change. Find out how electric utilities and regulators will need to consider technology, costs, and timing as they undertake this multi-decade journey.
The electric utilities in Hawaii have become a “postcard from the future” with the rapid expansion of distributed solar energy resources. Today, Hawaiian utilities continue to thrive and adapt as distributed and utility-scale renewable generation keeps the islands on the bleeding edge. Explore how Hawaii’s experience can inform innovation at mainland utilities undertaking similar journeys.
A graphical look at divergences in the energy industry.