Mike O’Boyle

Power Sector Tranformation Expert

Mike O’Boyle is the Power Sector Transformation Expert for Energy Innovation. He works for the firm’s Power Sector Transformation program to uncover policy and technology solutions for a clean, reliable, and affordable U.S. electricity system. Mike is also a leading expert for America’s Power Plan, a platform for innovative thinkers—including policymakers, advocates, and utility stakeholders—to reform the utility regulatory model and identify opportunities for grid transformation and optimization. He has worked with stakeholders from a variety of states—including California, New York, Hawaii, Minnesota, etc.—to help improve the link between public policy goals and the motivations of electric utilities.

Mike has been a dominant author for America’s Power Plans Trending Topics pieces, a monthly newsletter that helps policymakers and other stakeholders stay up to date on the most pertinent power sector issues today. Michael has authored reports covering a wide range of power sector topics, including distributed energy resource ownership and operation, mechanisms for adopting performance-based regulation, proper valuation metrics for utility compensation, and more.

Before joining Energy Innovation, Mike graduated cum laude from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he focused on energy and international law. He also has a B.A from Vanderbilt University in Philosophy and Asian Studies, with a minor in Economics.

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Works

Article

The five-step guide to a smarter grid

, Power Technology
Article

Secretary Perry, We Have Some Questions for You Too

, Greentech Media
Article

How Policy Can Help Overcome Wind Siting Barriers in the Northeast

, North American Windpower
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Siting Renewable Generation: The Northeast Perspective

Eleanor Stein, Mike O'Boyle, Energy Innovation
March 2017
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Getting the Most out of Grid Modernization

Sonia Aggarwal, Mike O'Boyle, Energy Innovation
February 2017
Article

Wind and Solar Costs Are Plummeting: Now What Do We Do?

, TriplePundit
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How Utilities Can Become Efficiency Innovators

, Greentech Media
Article

Canadian Hydro: A Lifeline for Northeastern Clean Energy Goals?

, Greentech Media
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Moving Toward Value in Utility Compensation, Part 2 - Regulatory Alternatives

Dan Aas, Mike O'Boyle, Energy Innovation
June 2016
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Debunking Four Myths About The Clean Energy Transition

Robbie Orvis, Mike O'Boyle, Hallie Kennan, Energy Innovation
June 2016
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Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 4: Carbon Emissions

, CleanTechnica
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Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 3: Renewable Costs

, CleanTechnica
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Debunking 4 Myths About the Clean Energy Transition, Part 2: Excess Generation

, CleanTechnica
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Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 1: The “Duck Curve”

, CleanTechnica
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How Big Data Can Unleash a Distributed Energy Future

, Medium
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Metrics for Energy Efficiency: Options and Adjustment Mechanisms

Robbie Orvis, Sonia Aggarwal, Mike O'Boyle, America's Power Plan
April 2016
Article

Improving Performance in Publicly Owned Utilities

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
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3 Ways Public Power Providers Can Prepare for Technology and Market Changes

, Greentech Media
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Improving Performance in Publicly-Owned Utilities

Mike O'Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation
November 2015
Article

The Future of Demand Response Without FERC Order 745

, Greentech Media
Article

A Tale of Two Regions: Why Wind Is Booming in Texas and Stalling in the West

, Greentech Media
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Who Should Own and Operate Distributed Energy Resources?

Mike O'Boyle, America's Power Plan
September 2015
Article

The Western US Needs Better Regional Planning to Modernize the Grid

, Greentech Media
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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 2)

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
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Should Utilities Own Distributed Battery Storage?

, Greentech Media
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Why utilities should push for performance-based regulation

, Utility Dive
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Do Pay-for-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Grid Resiliency Outcomes We Need?

, Greentech Media
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Accelerating Carbon Reductions from California's Electricity Sector

Robbie Orvis, Mike O'Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation
March 2015
Article

50% California Renewables Possible by 2030 With Smart Choices

, CleanTechnica
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An Adaptive Approach to Promote System Optimization

Mike O'Boyle, Solar Energy Power Association
March 2015
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How China Can Hit Renewable Energy Targets

, The Paulson Institute