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Community choice aggregation efforts for power supplies gaining steam in the U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:A renewed national expansion of community choice aggregation (CCA) is raising ambitions for transforming the U.S. power system.On the heels of an explosion of customer choice in California over the last three years, the slowly growing aggregation market in Massachusetts is accelerating. In New York, a new version of aggregation is emerging. Customers in traditional markets like Illinois and Ohio are looking for new services from their aggregators. And national CCA organizations want to bring the choice to more states.CCAs led by municipal governments were created to leverage the buying power of large groups of electricity users to get lower electricity prices and meet other customer demands. In deregulated power market states, the newest aggregations are demanding the power sector meet grassroots customer demand for renewable, distributed and — increasingly — local generation. “Customers want more choice and more ways to green the grid, and aggregations offer both,” Shawn Marshall, executive director of national aggregation advocacy group LEAN Energy, told Utility Dive. “Overturning the status quo is not easy, but we are seeing a lot of interest.”In states with legislation that enables aggregation, momentum is growing. Aggregation’s popularity is softening utility resistance. Renewables developers’ initial concerns about its creditworthiness are transmuting into commitments to make deals happen.One conflict aggregation still must face is the gap between the power system’s reliance on bulk and diversified generation and the dream of a power system comprised entirely of local resources.More: As CCAs take over utility customers, local generation emerges as the next big growth driver Community choice aggregation efforts for power supplies gaining steam in the U.S.last_img read more

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Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin looking forward to transfer window closing

first_imgNew Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin admits his settling in period has been complicated by the January transfer window. Guidolin, the former Parma and Udinese coach, has spent the last two weeks in Wales, first adopting a watching brief against Watford and then moving into the dug-out at Everton eight days ago. Swansea won both those games to enjoy back-to-back victories for the first time this season and head to West Brom on Tuesday night four points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. But Guidolin, who expects to hand £8million striker Alberto Paloschi his debut at The Hawthorns, says arriving at a new club in January has proved challenging. “It’s a new world for me and for all the teams and managers in this period it is not a good time,” Guidolin said. “Fortunately the transfer window finishes soon and I will be happy when it is finished. “I am a new manager here and I cannot know all the characteristics of the players. “The most important thing for me is I have the possibility to work with my players.” Swansea are chasing their first league double of the season after Alan Curtis’ side beat Albion 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day. Victory would also take Swansea above the Baggies in the table on goal difference. Guidolin’s side have had the benefit of extra preparation as they were not in action last weekend as West Brom were being held 2-2 in the FA Cup by Sky Bet League One Peterborough. “We have a few more days than them to get ready, but it does not make much difference,” Guidolin said. “A win would be important, but right now I am very happy. “Our position was not good but with two victories the table looks better. “It is a difficult match against a good team, but it’s important to have a balance on the pitch. “I have some other ideas (how to play) but this is a moment when I can’t change too many things.” Guidolin has been appointed as Swansea head coach until the end of the season, though there will be an option to extend the contract. That is likely to depend on whether Swansea can secure a sixth season of Premier League football, but the veteran Italian says he hopes to stay at the Liberty Stadium “for many years.” “The Premier League was my dream and I decided very quickly when I had the possibility to come here,” Guidolin said. “I never worked for a top team in Italy. “I worked for small or medium teams and I am used to working in these situations. “At the moment, I hope to help the team remain in the Premier League. This is the priority. “After that I hope to stay here for many years in the Premier League – but the most important thing at the moment is the table.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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