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Brightsource: A Lesson for Regulatory Reform in our Permitting Process

By: Anonymous With the BrightSource case, our class was able to see a confluence of federal government incentives – from preferential land development to tax equity capital expenditure subsidies – at work. Our 80 minutes discussing the case highlighted the frustrations of any developer in the process of putting together a project, but especially so […]

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The Threat and Mitigation of Regulatory Risk – Revisiting EnerNOC

By Ben B. Despite the lower costs of power generation due to decreased natural gas prices – a theme we have discussed many times in the course – EnerNOC seemingly navigated 2013 successfully, with a positive operating profit for the first time since 2010. By the time the company announced its 2013 financial performance, EnerNOC’s […]

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CSR as a Legal Requirement in EM¹s – slowing down growth, or a necessary forcing mechanism?

By M.V. With the Companies Act of 2013, India became the world’s first country to place a legal requirement around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment by businesses (1). The law applies to business that meet certain profit and scale requirements — net worth upwards of 500 crore Rupees (US $81 million), or turnover upwards of […]

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Growing New Nuclear: What role should the U.S. government play?

By Seth Transatomic Power stands at a crossroads: Do they stay the course and build their operations in the United States or do they go abroad to more favorable regulatory environments? Our class guest, Mr. Wilcox, indicated his strong preference for the former, which seems to be a personal motivation rather than a business decision. […]

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What is the Role of the Government in Energy?

By Anonymous Nearly every case we have read so far has had a substantial role played by the government: · In Caprica, regulation in fracking · In EnerNOC, a complex and partially, but not completely, de-regulated energy utilities network · In Transatomic, subsidies and heavy regulation in nuclear · In 1366, government subsidies in the […]

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Demand for DemandSMART?

By Carl H. A couple weeks ago as a group, we discussed the future of EnerNOC’s DemandSMART product. But we didn’t dig deep on who exactly pays for these “negawatts” and why they find this product attractive. Doing so is quite an illuminating exercise; it helps us predict the future trajectory for the (ahem) demand […]

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EnerNoc: The business risk of fixing a regulatory failure

By Seth H. In 2001, EnerNoc created a unique business model of selling so-called “demand response,” in which it would pay companies to lower their electricity consumption during periods of peak demand and sell such reduction to the electric utilities, in the form of so-called “nega-watts.” Such a business is without doubt a public good. […]

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Regulation as hindrance and hero in electricity markets

By James C. Perhaps no industry relies so heavily on the interwoven relationship between free-market actors and government as electricity generation. Indeed, every case we’ve encountered thus far in the semester has in some form tackled the relationship between producers and regulators. Whether we are examining renewable energy mandates (Verengo Solar Plus!) or the interplay […]

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The story behind the protest in China against planned incineration plants

By Y. C. People in China have made it very clear that incineration plants are not welcomed there. They would rather have landfills and coal fired plants, even though those facilities cause severe ground water contamination and air pollution. But as a comparison, China’s neighbor Japan has above 75% of its waste incinerated, and only […]

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Lessons from Economics and Psychology to Dramatically Reduce Waste

By Nathan The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” rang true for me when reading our Sound Group China case because I was astonished to discover how much garbage is generated by a typical urban resident. The fact that I never saw the garbage (who spends much time looking at their trash can […]

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