Carbon Sequestration | Winter 2015
- New Board Appointments
- MEPC 2012 – Conference Report
- Saying Thank You to Gary Stacey
- Board of Directors Spotlight – University of Missouri System
- Board of Directors Spotlight – Jim Curran
- Decoupling FAQs
- Op/Ed: Decoupling Revisited
- Op/Ed: Decoupling is Risky Business
- Op/Ed: Decoupling: A Sound Solution
- Support the Missouri S&T Solar House Team
Saying Thank You to a Great Leader and Co-Founder of The Missouri Energy Initiative
Gary Stacey was an original founding board member of the Missouri Energy Initiative. As with many things and many facets of our lives people move on, goals change and projectscome to an end and new ones are formed. In 2012 Gary recognized that MEI had moved beyond the volunteer run startup nonprofit he helped start in 2010 and had begun operating like a full-fledged seasoned organization. With this thought in mind, Gary began the process of moving away from the board and finding a suitable replacement. Read on...
MEI Board of Directors Spotlight– University of Missouri System
The four-campus University of Missouri System is one of the nation’s largest public research university systems with more than 75,000 students and nearly a half million alumni worldwide. As the state’s land-grant, public research and doctoral-level institution, the University of Missouri System’s mission is to discover, disseminate, preserve and apply knowledge. Read on…
MEI Board of Directors Spotlight – Jim Curran
The skills, knowledge and talents of the memberships of IBEW Local 1, The National Electrical Contractors Association-St. Louis Chapter (NECA), Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 562 and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 are represented on the MEI Board of Directors by Jim Curran, Executive Vice President-Electrical Connection. Curran has also been elected by the Board to serve on the MEI Executive Committee. Read on…
Support the Missouri S&T
Solar House Team
The Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Solar House Team is busily preparing to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. Scheduled for October 3-13 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, the Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to demonstrate their best effort in the design, construction, and operation of a solar-powered home. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency in a 1,000 square foot home.
Welcome to the first edition of 2013 for the MEI Energy Perspectives Newsletter. This edition is addressing an issue that of interest to a very broad group of people. As Missouri moves forward with MEEIA, and renewable power continues to grow its capacity Missouri may have to consider ways to balance not only its power generation but also its energy distribution and mechanism for dealing with tomorrows energy platforms, while protecting the customers and providing reliable and safe energy for everyone. Read on…WELCOME
2012 New Board Appointments
Tim Wolfe ~ University of Missouri System
Cheryl Shrader ~ Missouri University of
Science and Technology
Robert Duncan ~ University of Missouri Columbia
Lavon Winkler ~ Milbank Mfg.
Sean O’Neill ~ Midwest Energy Solutions
Chuck Caisley ~ Kansas City Power and Light
- What is decoupling?
- How does decoupling work?
- How is decoupling different?
- What is the relationship between decoupling and incentives for energy efficiency?
- Is decoupling new? What states have implemented a decoupling mechanism?
Contributed by: Eric Ackerman, Director, Alternative Regulation, Edison Electric Institute
The strategy of decoupling, disconnecting revenue from sales volume to better align the utility’s fiduciary responsibility with its public service obligation, is more important than ever. Given changes in electricity markets, however, the best, most sustainable way to achieve decoupling may be changing. In the interest of fairness to all customers and long-term reliability, it is appropriate to consider approaches that make increased use of fixed charges to recover fixed network costs. Read on…
Decoupling is Risky Business for Consumers
Contributed by: John B. Coffman, General Counsel, Consumers Council of Missouri
Decoupling is currently drawing a lot of attention as a way to change the methodology for cost of service ratemaking for energy utilities. Utilities have applied the word “decoupling” to a variety of different rate mechanisms, but generally, the term refers to attempts to sever the regulatory connection between the amount of energy sold by a utility and the amount of revenue that the utility can collect from its customers. The Consumers Council of Missouri is skeptical of decoupling; the purpose of this article is to explore the nature of some problems that I believe decoupling poses for consumers. Read on…
Decoupling: A Sound Solution Among Others to An Important Problem
Contributed by: Richard Sedano, Director, US Programs, Regulatory Assistance Project
What is the particular problem decoupling is designed to solve? Let’s start there. There is a conflict between the motivation of the electric and gas utility to sell more of its product and the significant problems growth in sales causes to society and the utility itself. Regulatory mavens call this condition the “throughput incentive.” Read on…
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