grid development

How EV Chargers and Energy Storage Can Make Good Grid Partners

July 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Energy Storage and EV Charging

Electric vehicles could be a challenge or a resource, according to utilities plotting ways to turn EV charging stations into smart, grid-responsive resources. But the first steps toward making EV charging an asset may come from the demand charges that penalize utility customers for spikes in their electricity consumption.[read more]

How New York Plans to Revolutionize the Electricity Utility

September 11, 2014 by Dan Cross-Call

New York State took a big step forward in what is arguably the most ambitious initiative to define the future of the electricity grid. The regulatory staff at the state’s Department of Public Service reached a major milestone in its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, releasing the Track One Staff Straw Proposal.[read more]

The Top 5 Trends in Soft Grid, 2014 Edition

September 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Soft Grid Trends

These are some of the findings that Ben Kellison, GTM Research’s director of grid research, has collected in this handy primer on the key trends in the soft grid over the past year. Some of these transitions are moving along more smoothly. Others are still in their early stages.[read more]

No More Tinkering: How Reinventing the Oven is Like Reinventing the Grid

July 8, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

How do you build a better oven? That’s a question Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO for Microsoft and foodie recently discussed. He pointed out that today’s electric or natural gas-powered oven is designed on the principle first put forward five thousand years ago to dry clay bricks.[read more]


Spilled Wind: An Update on China's Wind Integration Challenges

March 4, 2014 by Michael Davidson

Chinesse Wind Energy and Problems


According to tallies by the National Energy Administration, China added 14 gigawatts of grid-connected wind power capacity in 2013, the fifth consecutive year with installs of over 10 GW. Estimates of wind curtailment in 2013 show improvements over 2012, but the problem is far from solved.[read more]

How to Build a Clean Energy Grid

December 5, 2013 by America's Power Plan

Clean Energy Grid

Thanks to new technologies, consumer demand, and important policy drivers, the power system is undergoing a rapid evolution. Even the slow-moving and cautious world of transmission is changing. But key factors preventing the United States from accessing its rich resources of clean energy.[read more]

The Real Balkanization of the Power Grid

November 7, 2013 by James Bushnell

Grid Balkanization

The New York Times ran a prominent article that focused on a familiar stalking horse: the difficulties building new transmission. The gist is that we have a system with so many jurisdictions that building transmission to connect them becomes embroiled in turf-wars and rent-seeking.[read more]

4 States Lead US in Freeing the Grid for Distributed Solar Energy

November 6, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

States and Distributed Solar

Pro-solar energy state-level energy policies are arguably as strong right now as they’ve ever been across America, just in time for consumers to take advantage of the development of affordable technologies to generate their own clean electricity.[read more]

An Action Plan for Distributed Generation

October 16, 2013 by America's Power Plan

Distributed Generation Plan

Distributed generation can create important benefits for consumers, and is also making big waves in the world of utilities. As part of an ongoing series, America's Power Plan lays out the best recommendations for capturing their benefits.[read more]