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Lessons from the Great Lakes

In a race to achieve the highest reductions of energy consumption, everyone wins. In the United States, Michigan is poised to be a frontrunner in that race. Their demand response initiatives designed to reduce energy consumption in homes and businesses are set up to thrive in the upcoming years. So, just like runners look to their role models and fellow competitors for tips and tricks, what can we learn from Michigan’s efficiency success?

Canadian Conservation Through Demand-Side Management

In Canada, climate change is more than buzzword. Learning how to adapt to a harsh and varied climate has spurred the nation to pay close attention to climate change issues. So it’s no surprise that the country has been a committed participant in recent global initiatives designed to keep climate change from further reducing the finite amount of energy available for our collective use—and creating new, renewable sources of energy for the future.

Opportunities and Challenges for Distributed Energy Resources

For over a decade, consumers have had the ability to bypass utilities and generate their own power through rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). So it’s not a surprise that utilities see the integration of DERs as both a challenge and an opportunity.

Canada's Efforts to Reduce Transportation Emissions

In 2014, the Canadian government estimated that transportation accounted for 23 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the industrial sector (including oil and gas) at 37 percent. So, it’s no surprise that lowering transportation-related emissions is considered an important strategy for greenhouse gas and carbon reduction throughout the country. Proposed solutions include electric and hydrogen-cell vehicles, heavy transport vehicles fueled by natural gas, mass-transit expansion, car sharing and, eventually, self-driving cars.

Outlook for Utility Regulation: Hopes and Predictions from Survey Respondents

Innovation is occurring so quickly for electrical utilities that policymakers can’t keep up. Consequently, outmoded regulations were an overwhelming concern for the more than 600 U.S. and Canadian utility company executives who participated in Utility Dive’s 2017 State of the Electric Utility Survey.

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