A modernized, “smart” grid could change how much you pay for electricity, where it comes from, and how likely you are to lose it in a summer storm. But has the reality of the smart grid kept pace with the promise?
The debate over net neutrality pits two opposing philosophies against each other — one pushing for the continued evolution of the Internet as an open information superhighway, the other asserting that the Internet's evolution needs to take more account of the many ways it is and will be used.
This article outlines and estimates the incremental cost of a strategy that uses small distributed generation, distribution automation, and smart meters to keep a set of critical social services operational during a prolonged power outage that lasts for days or weeks and extends over hundreds of kilometers.
Different market segments have varying postal service needs, according to RAND Europe research conducted for the European Commission. All consumers value parcel services, reliability, and low levels of loss, but big businesses value letter services more than small or medium businesses or the public.
Coal-fired electricity generating units (EGUs) provide about 46 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S., yet most of the existing coal-fired electricity fleet is 25–45 years old. Can the industry maintain the capability to design, construct, and operate coal-fired EGUs within reasonable cost, schedule, performance, environmental, and quality expectations?
Biomass is an increasingly important source of electricity, heat, and liquid fuel. One near-term option for using it to generate electricity is to cofire biomass in coal-fired electricity plants. Factors to consider are plant-site modifications, changes in operations, costs, and logistical issues with delivering biomass to the plant.
Israel must control future electricity demand. It can build a secure energy infrastructure in which natural gas provides up to 40 percent of electric power generation but only by taking measures to limit supply disruptions.
Israel must employ strategic alternatives to make the best use of domestic and imported natural gas. This report explores natural gas-utilization and supply-infrastructure strategies in the face of uncertainty.
Dramatic progress in renewable energy technology is needed if the United States desires to produce 25 percent of its electricity and motor vehicle fuel from renewable sources by 2025 without significantly increasing consumer costs.
L.A.'s port, airport, and Department of Water and Power together contract for more than a billion dollars worth of goods and services annually; these activities could be made more transparent and efficient, thus improving public trust.
The California Public Utilities Commission, in case number 9804, instituted a generic investigation into the structure of electric utility rates in California, and invited testimony from interested parties and expert witnesses. At the invitation of a...
By Mark Bernstein, Paul Dreyer, Mark Hanson, and Jonathan Kulick The authors presented these findings to the California municipalities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena, which sought to determine the likely value of their electricity generation to the state. C alifornia's experiment with electricity ...
By Richard Hillestad Richard Hillestad is a senior mathematician at RAND. Others who collaborated with him to study an electric utility company were John Adams, Manuel Carrillo, Dan Relles, and the late Al Williams. D eregulation of the electric power industry in the United States suffered a few shocks ...