Posts by: Tom Rutigliano

To Green the Grid, Take a Lesson from the Auto Industry

July 15, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Senior Advocate Consider for a moment why hybrid cars are so efficient: most of the time, when you’re cruising, the engine charges the battery. When you do need peak power, the battery and engine work together to move the car. This lets the car get away with a smaller engine, and lets the engine…

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While Power Plants Fail, the Grid Works

February 13, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Clean Energy Advocate Fossil fuel plant owners hype their reliability, but when the weather turned bitterly cold in late January, coal and gas plants froze up. The polar vortex was a test for the power grid. When we needed them most, many of the very same power plants that are clamoring for a bailout…

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For Demand Response, Second Best Isn’t Good Enough

January 9, 2019 by Tom Rutigliano, Senior Advocate, Sustainable FERC Project, Climate & Clean Energy Program A major cost to the power grid is handling peak load—making sure that there is enough power available when it’s needed most. In the PJM region, more than 20 percent of the cost of electricity is used for this. For decades, utilities have reduced those costs…

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