CCBJ Vol IX No 07-09: Climate Change Markets in U.S. Electric Power

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Environmental consulting, engineering and other professional service firms working for North American electric power clients describe a dynamic market where they expect the trends of the last several years to continue: the rapid growth of renewable power; dispatch shifting from coal to gas and retirement of coal plants; planning for long-term decarbonization; and a movement toward distributed energy resources and bi-directional grids. Driving these trends are not only federal and state environmental and energy policies but the vastly improving economics of renewable power technology and low gas prices.

Table of Contents

01.New business models emerge driven by growth of distributed energy resources. Low gas pricing, Clean Power Plan and state policies spur continuing shift from coal to gas, more investment in renewables, energy efficiency.pg 1-7

02.Adaptation still low on the agenda for power utilities.pg 8

03.Brisk growth in electric power consulting. Profiles of Brattle Group, Burns & McDonnell, Ecology & Environment, ERM, ICF and TRC.pg 9-20

04.Value chain maturing in energy storage, but market still limited to California and PJM. Includes CCBJ’s coverage of the August 2016 STUDIO Energy Storage Technical Conference.pg 21-29

05.RES rides wave of growth in wind, solar and storage, adjusts cost structure to stay profitable.pg 29-32

06.Fluor sees power business soar through gas and nuclear projects.pg 33-34

07.AEP plans for low-carbon future.pg 35-37

08.California Environmental Associates supports trade group in developing storage communication protocols.pg 38-39

 

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