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Here are a few quotable quotes from this article:

New technologies and business models that did not have a lot of space in the room will now have an opportunity to flourish, Dan Finn-Foley, head of storage at Wood Mackenzie

“This order allows us to design for the future,” Ellta Kolo, Wood Mackenzie’s lead grid-edge researcher

“Enabling these flexible resources to participate together as ‘virtual power plants’ in wholesale markets is a victory for enhancing grid reliability, enabling a more resilient grid and lowering costs for customers,Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association

the new rule provides much-needed clarity on how to harness the energy and ancillary services that DERs provide, Katherine Gensler, the Solar Energy Industries Association’s vice president of regulatory affairs

Order 2222 appears to recognize the principle that any resource able to provide a defined service should be able to compete in the market, Gregory Wetstone, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

[RJB] Order 2222 enables greater robustness and competition, breathing new life into wholesale markets, which benefits all stakeholders that are willing to adapt to take advantage of this new opportunity.

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 18, 2020

Richard, all your quotable quotes come from profiteers who will benefit extensively from foisting the cost of their needless products on end-use consumers without any choice in the matter.

Any consumer protection organizations or ratepayer advocates waxing ecstatic about this handout?

"This is a game changer,” Ravi Manghani, Wood Mackenzie’s head of solar said of the new rule, which many say will help make the grid more resilient, sustainable and affordable."

"Many" are saying that, are they? That's rich. Though in some parallel universe renewables may be resilient, sustainable, or affordable, in California they've led to rolling blackouts, the highest electricity prices in the continental U.S., and dependence on unsustainable natural gas for the foreseeable future. Many here are saying "Strike Three".

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Richard Brooks on Sep 19, 2020

Bob, this order opens the door to new possibilities in wholesale markets that were not possible before. This order will incentivize new initiatives, i.e. standards for DER integration across ISO/DSO/Utility and even Customer engagement. This greases the skids for genuine innovation that leads to a Smarter Grid and more opportunity.

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 19, 2020

Richard - that it "opens the door to new possibilities in wholesale markets that were not possible before" is well understood.

But in my experience, customers - the ones paying the bill - want reliable, affordable, clean, electricity. They don't give a damn about "incentiviz[ing] new initiatives", "standards for DER integration across ISO/DSO/Utility", and have no interest at all in becoming more "engaged" with their provider.

True, that it amounts to a blatant ripoff, a grid that isn't "smarter" but more prone to exploitation, one less reliable, and exponentially more expensive, isn't well understood.

But in California it's becoming more obvious by the day.

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Richard Brooks on Sep 23, 2020

Bob, Reliable Electricity is an absolute requirement at a fair price and this is indeed a primary objective. However, there are other objectives that you seem to ignore, for example Green Buyers like Walmart, Google and Microsoft are incented to acquire green power with the objective of reducing green houses gases to address climate change. Ther eis a moral movement to address climate chnage. It's not just about the money anymore - your money will be worthless if the planet becomes uninhabitable. The most valuable asset on the Titanic was not the money in your pocket, it was the lifeboat that kept you alive.

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Matt Chester on Sep 18, 2020

Others noted that with so many nascent types of DERs emerging on the grid, that for many of them policy and regulation is ahead of technology, an uncommon situation.

This is one of the most significant 'big picture' takeaways-- could it be the beginning of a more agile energy industry in that type of fundamental way? We can only hope!

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Richard Brooks on Sep 19, 2020

Matt, this Order is already stimulating innovative spirits to think about what this means for the Smart Grid. I'm hearing lots of good stuff being discussed and some leading players in the Energy Industry are taking the reins - I'm very optimistic over what the next 12-24 months will produce.

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Rick Engebretson on Sep 20, 2020

Once again, I'll remind the narrow minded of the forgotten elephant in the room, agriculture. Remember, using only corn kernel sugar with nutrients, we are now feeding a rapidly growing population PLUS using the fermentation waste ethanol to fuel over 10% of very heavy cars in very heavy traffic. And all those cars generate a lot of quality, reliable electricity.

Solar energy is very familiar to farmers that feed you. And we should hope agriculture is around for a few hundred year more. I knew this administration would allow broad innovation.

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