Topic: energy policy


Energy policy in the Trump era: what's in store?
12.08.16 | On December 8, Seventhwave's Marge Anderson participated in a panel discussion of future federal energy policy and how it might affect Wisconsin. The event was held during the meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council's Innovation Network in... MORE
Have we cracked the code to the energy future? + Snakes on the Grid
08.24.16 | The utility business model is an important driver in making the energy system cleaner and more efficient. In what ways is the business model changing as the energy landscape diversifies? Check out ISEIF's podcast featuring Steve Kihm. MORE
Will distributed energy end the utility natural monopoly?
06.29.16 | In this article featured in Electricity Policy, Steve Corneli and Steve Kihm discuss how continued improvements in distributed energy resources may erode or even end the natural monopoly characteristics of electric distribution utilities, requiring... MORE
LBNL paper: A ‘distributed energy resource future’ imagines two paths
06.09.16 | A paper by Steve Corneli and Steve Kihm, Electric Industry Structure and Regulatory Responses in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future, is featured in LBNL's Lisa Schwartz's blog post in Greentech Media this week. MORE
Q&A: How regulators can improve clean energy economics for utilities
05.31.16 | Steve Kihm, chief economist at Seventhwave, and Andy Satchwell, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher, say regulators have economic levers at their disposal that can guide utilities toward green energy development while improving... MORE
Seventhwave/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report analyzes the impact of rising interest rates on utility stock prices
01.08.16 | Interest rates are a key factor in determining a utility's cost of equity and investors find value when returns exceed the cost of equity. We are pleased to announce the release of a technical brief, entitled The Effects of Rising Interest Rates on... MORE
Report: Electric industry structure and regulatory responses in a high distributed energy resources future
11.10.15 | A report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group examines issues related to incremental and fundamental changes to electric industry regulation and utility business models. The report was co-authored... MORE
Rethinking regulation to deliver a smarter electricity system
08.25.15 | Steve Kihm teamed up with former Colorado PUC Chair Ron Lehr and America's Power Plan's Sonia Aggarwal to set forth a financial framework to promote sustainable resource development. They note that as resources such as solar PV and microgrids enter... MORE
New York PSC launches regulatory reform, cites Kihm/Graffy framework
03.05.15 | In February 2015, the New York Public Service Commission issued a pathbreaking order in its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, fundamentally steering utility regulation away from the century-old cost-based model. The Commission's... MORE
Utility pricing and new business models: the inside scoop
09.08.14 | WEBINAR: New pricing proposals: protecting investors or the public interest Hosted by UW-Extension. Watch the archived presentation. Increasing numbers of customers generate some of their own power, causing net revenue loses for utilities.... MORE
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission releases DSM report
08.19.14 | On August 15, the IURC submitted a report on Indiana’s Core and Core Plus Energy Efficiency Program benefits, costs and savings to the Indiana General Assembly. The report was prepared by the Energy Center from data provided by Indiana utilities and... MORE
Are utilities circling the wagons?
07.01.14 | "The problem is that electricity markets are changing to more competitive and more market-driven approaches," said Steve Kihm, a utility finance expert at the Energy Center. Kihm and Elisabeth Graffy of Arizona State University say moves to raise... MORE

Blog posts

Brexit, utilities and investor risk
06.24.16 | Brexit, utilities and investor risk June 24, 2016 | by Steve Kihm CFA, Principal and Chief Economist, Seventhwave Risk assessment can be a slippery concept. The U.S. financial market reaction to the decision of U.K. voters to leave the European... MORE
All eyes on climate change
12.02.15 | All eyes on climate change December 2, 2015 | by Jeannette LeZaks, Research Analyst, Seventhwave Leaders from around the world have convened in Paris this week to develop multilateral solutions for combating climate change. Potentially game-... MORE


Considering risk and investor value in energy efficiency business models
12.12.16 | ACEEE 2016 paper by Steve Kihm, et al. MORE
Does disruptive competition mean a death spiral for electric utilities?
12.12.16 | By Elisabeth Graffy and Steven Kihm, Energy Law Journal, May 2014. Also download the article summary. MORE
Designing a new utility business model? Better understand the traditional one first
08.27.14 | By Steve Kihm, Energy Center of Wisconsin; Jim Barrett and Casey J. Bell, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (from ACEEE Summer Study proceedings, 2014) ABSTRACT There appears to be a consensus among energy efficiency advocates that... MORE
Third-party distributed generation: issues and challenges for policymakers
04.07.14 | MORE
State of Massachusetts: industry practices and policies on energy efficient program rebates/incentives
09.20.12 | Tetra Tech and the Energy Center of Wisconsin conducted a scoping study of energy efficiency program incentives to help inform the discussion on rebate and incentive levels for statewide programs in Massachusetts and to support fourth quarter 2010... MORE
Indiana electric DSM investigation: phase II report
09.20.12 | The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission completed a three-year investigation into electric demand-side management with an order requiring its electric utilities to create energy efficiency programs that will achieve annual energy savings that... MORE
Energy Efficiency and Customer-Sited Renewable Resource Potential in Wisconsin for the Years 2012 and 2018 (Wisconsin Potential Study)
09.20.12 | This technical and policy analysis was performed to determine the amount of energy use that can be displaced through efficiency programs and other initiatives. Prepared on behalf of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to inform program goals... MORE


Midwest energy codes and policy: reaching full potential
05.03.13 | What strategies will help us deliver on the economic and environmental promises of the Midwest’s energy policy? From a technical perspective, we’ll first take a look at untapped opportunities to achieve deeper energy savings through new construction... MORE
Green jobs: connecting supply and demand
04.26.10 | Watch the webinar on-demand: Three Midwestern states have been awarded $50 million under the recovery act to train a clean energy workforce. Federal, state and community programs will create unprecedented demand for energy efficiency in the short... MORE
The financial effects of energy efficiency on utilities: a closer look at decoupling
10.27.09 | Many energy efficiency advocates believe that revenue decoupling consistently removes the disincentive for utilities to promote energy efficiency. Finance principles suggest a more nuanced conclusion. Watch the webinar recording: In this webinar,... MORE