It appears the rules that implement the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) are destined for their most significant change in nearly 40 years. When passed in 1978, as the United States was in the throes of an energy crisis, PURPA sought to incentivize development of more efficient and renewable generation (e.g., cogeneration and hydropower, among others) as well as increase energy efficiency and conservation. At the time, Congress saw the vertically integrated utility’s “natural monopoly” as a possible barrier to this development, and it sought to reduce the United States’ dependency on oil imports for power generation. PURPA’s legislation opened electricity markets, for the first time, to meaningful competition. What followed has been a steady transition from electricity generation, almost entirely controlled by regulated utilities, to an industry that now boasts competition by a strong contingent of non-regulated generators.
Take your Shared Services Organization (SSO) to the next level with ScottMadden’s SSO Accelerator, a unique set of tools and guidance. SSO Accelerator is a program developed by ScottMadden to evaluate existing SSOs or those that are planning to launch shared services delivery models. We can compare those companies to leading practices and help them get from good to great.
At the 2019 Duke University Energy Conference, ScottMadden joined a panel of leading industry experts to discuss the future of the electricity business. This annual student-led conference focuses on bringing together thought leaders in the industry, government, and academia to fuel independent analysis on energy markets, trends, policies, and technologies.
The following video features Cristin Lyons, Partner and Energy Practice Leader at ScottMadden; Dionne Delli-Gatti, Southeast Director of Clean Energy at Environmental Defense Fund; Pete Curtice, Partner at Modern Energy; and Adrienne Lalle, Project Manager at Con Edison.
|As finance leverages the benefits of shared services for its business customers and the enterprise at large, the model is undergoing constant change.|
The Energy Industry Update Webcast: Everything Counts … In Large Amounts
To coincide with the release of the latest Energy Industry Update, ScottMadden joined forces with Energy Central to present an interactive webinar, “ScottMadden’s Energy Industry Update: Everything Counts … In Large Amounts.” During this session, our industry experts shared their views and fielded questions related to the potential loss of carbon-free generation and its implications, the growing belly of the duck curve, and opportunities for the Western Energy Imbalance Market.
The Energy Industry Update – Volume 19, Issue 2
Themed “Everything Counts … In Large Amounts,” this edition explores the implications of increasing interest in decarbonizing the grid and promoting non-emitting energy alternatives. Explore the latest facts along with thought-provoking insights from our energy experts on how the industry is addressing ambitious carbon and clean energy goals, and what leaders can do now to make the biggest impact. Paying homage to one of Depeche Mode’s greatest 80’s hits, “everything counts in large amounts” to achieve target goals.
Four Keys to a Successful Grid Modernization Program
Transformative shifts in customer expectations, advances in technology, and changes to the generation mix are driving utilities to reassess how they plan and operate their grids and whether they have the appropriate set of tools and technologies to do so. Complicating matters, state lawmakers, governors, and regulators are layering policy objectives on top of these trends, often with mandates for the procurement or integration of clean or distributed energy resources (DER). Spurred by this combination of drivers, often labeled “grid modernization,” utilities are wrestling with key questions, such as:
If You Build It… Kaiser Permanente’s Latest Approach to Talent Acquisition
In February, Kaiser Permanente doubled down on its prior commitment to open a new medical school in Pasadena, CA in 2020 by announcing that it would provide free tuition to its first five classes. Kaiser Permanente said the school will focus on teaching population health and the health system’s model of integrated and coordinated care.
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