Governing Green Power

Governing Green Power III: Refining Plans for the Electricity Grid of the Future

University of Hawai‘i at MānoaEast West Center — Pacific Room (directions and map) GGP’s goal is to hasten a fair and efficient transformation to renewable …

Four Alternative Models for Regulating an Investor Owned Utility of the Future

How do you coerce a monopoly to act as if it were operating in a ruthlessly competitive industry? This is the billion-dollar question of Public …

Governing Green Power: How Should Utilities of the Future Make Money?

This report summarizes a two-day conference that addressed how future electric utilities will make money, a question provoked by advances in renewable energy and other …

Performance Incentive Mechanisms

A Pocket Full of PIMs

By Michael Roberts In the arcane parlance of utility regulation, PIMs are “Performance Incentive Mechanisms.” This is where we’re headed because, slightly against my expectation, …

Variable Pricing and the Cost of Renewable Energy

On a levelized-cost basis, solar and wind power generation are now competitive with fossil fuels, and still falling. But supply of these renewable resources is …

AAA Bond Rating Sign

Should regulators fear bond-rating agencies?

By Michael Roberts It seems that our political and administrative leaders worry about the bond rating agencies. Their fear is understandable. The cost of capital …

Governing Green Power II: How should utilities of the future make money?

University of Hawai‘i at MānoaInnovation Laboratory — iLab (directions and map) Growth of renewable energy, reduced economies of scale, rapidly falling storage costs, network communication …

Determinants of Residential Solar Photovoltaic Adoption

Hawaii is a leader in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption. It has the highest rate of PV-based electricity penetration in the U.S. and rivals global …

Hawaii’s Electricity Generation Portfolio, 2016

Bringing together energy and climate change policy

By Sherilyn Wee We hear a lot about Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) which requires 100% of the utilities’ net electricity sales to come from …