News - Future of Utility Regulation

Utilities in some states are proposing new natural gas plants to keep up with rising electricity demand. “I can’t recall the last time I was so alarmed about the country’s energy trajectory,” Tyler Norris, a power systems expert and PhD student at the Nicholas School of the Environment told The New York Times. Norris wrote a policy brief last year that provides an example of an innovative regulatory solution that could push utilities toward clean energy sources.

The Department of Energy and others are looking to the "connect and manage" process employed by Texas grid operator ERCOT to connect energy generators to the grid more quickly. Tyler Norris, a Ph.D. student at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, talked with Utility Dive about his Nicholas Institute policy brief exploring how lessons from ERCOT's experience could influence interconnection reform across the country.

The new Office of Climate and Sustainability brings together several of Duke University's climate, energy, and environmental assets—including the Nicholas Institute—to help advance the mission of the Duke Climate Commitment.

ERCOT is connecting power generators in Texas faster than any other electricity market in the country. In this episode of the Catalyst podcast, Tyler Norris, a Ph.D. student at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, talks about his recently published policy brief on how the United States could reform its interconnection process, applying lessons from ERCOT.

Texas grid operator ERCOT is enabling rapid growth in solar and wind capacity through an interconnection process known as “connect and manage.” Tyler Norris, a Ph.D. student at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, spoke to PV Magazine about his recent Nicholas Institute policy brief exploring how that approach could be applied across the rest of the United States.

While the Inflation Reduction Act will bring more wind and solar power online, a set of forthcoming EPA rules holds the most potential to hasten coal retirements in the US by 2030, Brian Murray, interim Nicholas Institute director told E&E News.

Over $36 million in initial gifts will launch the Duke Climate Commitment, a new university-wide initiative focused on addressing climate change.

The Duke Climate Commitment will be formally announced on Sept. 29 and builds on the university’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling June 30 that limits the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions released by power plants that drive climate change.

Brian Murray, interim director of the Duke University Energy Initiative and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, reviewed the ruling and explained its impacts.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented opportunities to invest in energy systems and make them more resilient. It appears to have reinforced the status quo instead, write Amy Pickle and researchers from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Tennessee in an op-ed for The Colorado Sun.