Mike O’Boyle

Director of Electricity Policy

Mike O’Boyle is the Director of Electricity Policy 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 also directs America’s Power Plan, a project to provide customized research, expertise, and resources to policymakers working to make the grid clean, affordable, and resilient. He has worked with stakeholders from a variety of states—including California, New York, Oregon, Hawaii, and Minnesota—to help improve the link between public policy goals and the motivations of electric utilities.

Mike has been the editor and predominant 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 operationmechanisms for adopting performance-based regulationproper 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 by Mike O’Boyle

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Broad US Power Sector Emissions Reduction Feasible, But Influencing Decision Makers Is Key

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Solving For Climate Change: Everything You Know About Energy In The US might be wrong

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'Money For Nothing': Consumer Groups, Utilities At Odds Over Who Pays For Closing Plants

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The Billion-Dollar Coal Bailout Nobody Is Talking About: Self-Committing In Power Markets

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Securitization Fever: Renewables Advocates Seize Wall Street's Innovative Way To End Coal

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As Wisconsin Utilities Embrace Clean Energy, Some Lobby For A More Democratic Solution

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1 In 5 Americans Now Live In Places Committed To 100% Clean Power

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As World Burns, Clean Energy Growth Stalls For First Time In Nearly Two Decades

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Washington And Nevada Join The Swelling List Of States Aiming For 100% Clean Power

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Out-Of-State Coal Interests Are Funding A Battle To Keep Indiana Coal Plants From Closing

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State Electric Plants Pivoting Away From Coal

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Goodbye To Arguments Against Renewables. New Studies Find Them As Reliable And Cheap As Fossils

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Coal Fading From America's Economic Radar Despite White House Push

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Solar And Wind Energy Are Now Cheaper than Coal

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Solar And Wind Are Now Cheaper Than Most Of America’s Coal

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Coal Makes Way For Solar Energy In United States

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Solar Vs. Coal: Why The "74% Report" Signals A New Era For US Energy

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Report: New Solar, Wind Could Replace Coal While Cutting Costs

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With Wind And Solar Costs Dropping, U.S. Enters ‘Coal Cost Crossover’

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U.S. Enters ‘Coal Cost Crossover’ Thanks To Falling Solar, Wind Costs

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74% Of U.S. Coal Plants Are "Walking Dead" Thanks To Cheaper Renewables

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Es Más Barato Sustituir La Mayoría De Las Plantas De Carbón De EEUU Por Renovables Que Mantenerlas Abiertas

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More bad news for coal: Wind and solar are getting cheaper

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The Coal Cost Crossover: Economic Viability Of Existing Coal Compared To New Local Wind And Solar Resources

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'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind

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'Simple Laws Of Economics' Doom Remaining US Coal Plants as Solar And Wind Are Now Cheaper For American Households

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Report: Nearly 75% Of US Coal Plants Uneconomic Compared To Local Wind, Solar

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Report: Local Wind And Solar Plants Beat Out Majority of US Coal Plants On Cost

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Renewables Cheaper Than 75 Percent Of U.S. Coal Fleet, Report Finds

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Analysis: New Wind, Solar Cheaper Than Operating Most Existing Coal Plants

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Report: Wind, Solar Energy Now Cheaper Than Most Existing Coal Plants

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It’s Cheaper To Replace Most Coal Plants With Renewables Than Keep Them Open, Per Report

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Majority Of Coal Plants Are Uneconomic To Nearby Wind, Solar, Report Finds

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Most U.S. Coal Plants Would Save Money By Switching To Wind Or Solar

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Consumers Save Money In Coal-Renewables Switch — Study

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Trade Your Coal For Locally Sourced Solar Power By 2025!

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New Wind And Solar Power Is Cheaper Than Existing Coal In Much Of The U.S., Analysis Finds

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PG&E And The Future Of U.S. Utilities

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As Extreme Weather Forces Coal to Falter, Where Will Resilience Come From?

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Maximizing Distributed Energy Resources: Global Insight On Distribution Grid Regulations

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Utility Goes Big On Energy Storage. But Will It Cut CO2?

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Total Offshore Wind Capacity Grew By A Staggering 20% In 2018

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Entergy’s New Orleans Gas Plant Shows Our Regulatory Model Is Failing

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Navigating Utility Business Model Reform: A Practical Guide

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U.S. Offshore Wind Will Be Bigger Than You Think

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SEPA Reports Envision Five Future Business Models For Investor-Owned Utilities

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Coal Got Clobbered In 2018. Here's The Damage

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Trending Topics - Steel for Fuel: How Utilities Can Replace Fossil Fuel Expenses With Renewable Energy Earning Potential

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As PacifiCorp And Other Analyses Point To More Coal Shutdowns, Replacement Questions Rise

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There's Wind In The Sales Of Off-Shore Property

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Managing The Utility Financial Transition From Coal To Clean

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Steel For Fuel: How Utilities Can Replace Fossil Fuel Expenses With Renewables Earning Potential

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PacifiCorp Shows 60% Of Its Coal Units Are Uneconomic

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Utility Financial Transition Impact: From Fossil to Clean

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Steel For Fuel: Opportunities For Investors And Customers

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Depreciation And Early Plant Retirements

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Debt For Equity Utility Refinance

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Offshore Wind Prices Have Fallen 75% Since 2014: Here's How To De-Risk Projects Even Further

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Report Offers 10 Options To Preserve Utility Role Amid Clean Energy Transition

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Report Shows New Utility Business Models Are Key To Energy Transition

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Investment-Grade Policy: De-Risking Renewable Energy Projects

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10 Options And 5 Case Studies Show How To Reform Utility Business Models

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Four Ballot Measures That Could Shape U.S. Climate Policy

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Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy

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Trending Topics - Beneficial Electrification: How To Make It Work

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Beneficial electrification: How to make it work

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Up To 10 GW More Solar, 2-2.5 GW Of Batteries Coming In California

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Offshore Wind Is A Good Value For The East Coast

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Offshore Wind Is Getting Cheaper. Oh, And Much Sooner Than Expected

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Efficiency Leads Projected 10% Job Growth For California's Advanced Energy Sector

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Can A 'DER Authority' Fix The Utility Information Problem To Boost Clean Energy?

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New Jersey Is Now The United States' Hottest Clean Energy Economy

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New Jersey (Re)emerges As A National Clean Energy Leader

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Arizona Water Provider Approves Record-Low-Cost Solar PPA To Replace Coal

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APS: Controversial RFP Does Not Violate Arizona Gas Moratorium

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California's Bold Climate Solutions

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'Stunning' APS RFP Could Violate Arizona Gas Moratorium, Critics Say

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The Rise Of Performance-Based Regulation And Other Policy Developments

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California Just Became First State To Mandate Solar Panels On New Homes

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Is Offshore Wind About To Hit Cost-Competitiveness In New York And New England?

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Trending Topics – How To Build A Foundation for New Utility Business Models

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How To Build A Foundation For New Utility Business Models

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Are Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors The Best Way To Spend Volkswagen's Dieselgate Billions?

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FirstEnergy Asks DOE For Emergency Coal, Nuclear Bailout

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Synergy Or Conflict? EVs And Solar

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Levelized Cost Of Energy For Wind And Solar Continue To Drop Below Fossil Fuels. What Barriers Remain For A Low-Carbon Grid?

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Are Renewable Portfolio Standards On The Way Out? Three Ballot Initiatives Say Otherwise

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Trending Topics – It’s Time To Refine How We Talk About Wholesale Markets

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It’s Time To Refine How We Talk About Wholesale Markets

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America's Offshore Wind Boom Is Finally Here: Which State Will Win The Race To The Top?

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Trending Topics - What "Resilience" Means In A Clean Energy Future

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What ‘Resilience’ Means In A Clean Energy Future

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After Investing Billions, Is Illinois Grid Modernization Paying Off For Utilities And Customers?

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Solutions To The Utility Information Problem

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Rick Perry’s Plan To Subsidize Coal And Nuclear Plants Is Bonkers

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DOE Rulemaking Threatens To Destroy Wholesale Markets With No Tangible Benefit

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How DOE's Baseload Power Rule 'Would Blow The Market Up'

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Renewables Face New Policy Battles On Two Fronts

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Energy Secretary Perry Requests Federal Rules to Boost Cost Recovery for Coal and Nuclear

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Three Ways Electric Utilities Can Avoid A Death Spiral

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California Plans For Its Post-Fossil-Fuel Future In Electricity, Cars

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New York State: The New U.S. Climate Leader

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Utilities Will Drive The Energy Transition, If Regulators Get It Right

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The Simple Reason Most Power Utilities Suck

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California Is Considering A Mandate To Make The State’s Entire Grid Fossil Fuel Free

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Utilities Grapple With Rooftop Solar And The New Energy Landscape

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California's Goal: An Electricity Grid Moving Only Clean Energy

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Resilience Or Flexibility? DOE's Grid Report Lays Bare The Struggle Between Past And Future

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DOE’s Grid Reliability Study Is a Rorschach Test for the Future of Electricity

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Perry’s Grid Study Calls for Easing Pollution Rules on Power Plants

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DOE Grid Report Reasonable, But Words Matter - A Lot

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Getting the Most Out of Vehicle Electrification for Both Customers and the Grid

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Technical Challenges Of The Eclipse

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The five-step guide to a smarter grid

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It's No Stretch, The U.S. Electric Grid Needs Flexibility To Decarbonize

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Secretary Perry, We Have Some Questions for You Too

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How Policy Can Help Overcome Wind Siting Barriers in the Northeast

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How to Site Wind, Solar and Transmission Projects in the Land-constrained Northeast US

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Barriers To Renewable Energy Siting Impede State Climate Goals: Innovative Policy Can Help

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How A Smart Grid Relies On Customer Demand Response To Manage Wind And Solar

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Siting Renewable Generation: The Northeast Perspective

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Harnessing The Power Of The People Through "Value Of Solar"... And Beyond

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Getting the Most out of Grid Modernization

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Wind and Solar Are Our Cheapest Electricity Generation Sources. Now What Do We Do?

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

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How Utilities Can Become Efficiency Innovators

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Canadian Hydro: A Lifeline for Northeastern Clean Energy Goals?

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Alternatives to Conventional Utility Compensation Can Unlock Untapped Value

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You Get What You Pay For: Moving Toward Value in Utility Compensation

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

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Debunking Four Myths About The Clean Energy Transition

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Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 4: Carbon Emissions

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

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

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

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How Big Data Can Unleash a Distributed Energy Future

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Designing a Performance Incentive Mechanism for Peak Load Reduction: A Straw Proposal

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Metrics for Energy Efficiency: Options and Adjustment Mechanisms

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Improving Performance in Publicly Owned Utilities

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

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Improving Performance in Publicly-Owned Utilities

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The Future of Demand Response Without FERC Order 745

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Skin in the Game: New Case Studies Illuminate Best Practices for DER Ownership and Operation

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

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Who Should Own and Operate Distributed Energy Resources?

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The Western US Needs Better Regional Planning to Modernize the Grid

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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 2)

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Should Utilities Own Distributed Battery Storage?

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Why utilities should push for performance-based regulation

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

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Accelerating Carbon Reductions from California's Electricity Sector

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50% California Renewables Possible by 2030 With Smart Choices

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An Adaptive Approach to Promote System Optimization

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Trending Topics in Electricity Today - Will EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

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How China Can Hit Renewable Energy Targets