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Creating an Integrated Grid: Regulators, Legislators Can Help

September 28, 2014 by Chris King
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Grid Integration and Regulation

Integrating more distributed power generation and energy storage can help make a grid more flexible, resilient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. But in the U.S., there's a catch -- so far, utilities here are effectively barred from owning generation and storage assets at the distribution level.[read more]

Renewable Integration Challenges Create Demand Response Opportunities

September 4, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Demand Response Opportunities

The power grid is getting greener. The power grid is also getting smarter. Some recent studies highlight some important complementarities between a greener grid and a smarter grid. Before connecting these dots, let’s first review the key operational challenges associated with increasing integration of renewables.[read more]

Building the Wind-Balancing Grid, One Island at a Time

June 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Wind-Balancing Grid Building

One of the great debates in the utility field is exactly how much intermittent wind and solar power is too much for the grid to handle, and what new technologies are needed to raise that ceiling. The smaller and more isolated the grid, the more quickly these once-theoretical barriers are being breached.[read more]

How to Really Disrupt the Retail Energy Market With Solar Energy

April 21, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Solar Energy and Market Disruption

The U.S. Solar Energy market is still very concentrated, with the top seven states accounting for 88 percent of the market. But, with the exception of Hawaii, which remains an outlier in almost every case, even the top solar states, including California, satisfy very little of their overall load with PV.[read more]