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How Monitoring and Control are Changing Solar Businesses

September 11, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Smart monitoring has come a long way and is just going to keep getting better. For solar businesses in Australia, systems that can help you build annuities, minimize costs, and back sell to past customers seems like pretty good sense to me.[read more]

Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: ESCO Model Enables Energy Efficiency Savings in India

September 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Tower Retrofit

More than ever, people are flocking to India’s cities, where increasing standards of living and rapid urbanization are causing enormous strain on the country’s energy supplies. At the same time, 400 million people in India lack any access to reliable power.[read more]

How New York Plans to Revolutionize the Electricity Utility

September 10, 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]

How Software Could Save Big Money on the UK Grid

September 10, 2014 by Jeff St. John

UK Grid Efficiency Software

Here’s one measure of the value of marrying the smart grid with software: $387 million. U.K. utilities Scottish and Southern Energy and U.K. Power Networks believe they can save that much money in distribution system upgrades over the coming years.[read more]

California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

September 10, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Clean Energy Legislation

Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883. This bill would significantly lower the cost of PACE, a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV.[read more]

On Distributed Generation, the Answer is Location, Location, Location

September 10, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

What is the basis for the value of distributed energy resources? This is one of the most important questions that must be answered as more distributed energy resources (DER) are deployed and the electricity grid continues to change and develop.[read more]

Want to Schedule Your Electricity Use to Reduce Pollution? Here's How

September 10, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Electricity Savings and Pollution Reduction

Some of us occasionally feel the urge to turn off the kitchen/porch/office light as our small step towards addressing global climate change. A Berkeley PhD student – Gavin McCormick – has started a nonprofit to provide information on exactly how our actions impact pollution.[read more]

Don't Toss Out the Good Electricity with the Bad

September 10, 2014 by Kyle Aarons
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Some electricity uses can reduce overall carbon emissions. Here are some options for EPA to consider to avoid inadvertently discouraging states from deploying electric vehicles, electric mass transit, and other technologies that use electricity instead of a dirtier fuel.[read more]

EU Bans and the Hairdryer Conundrum

September 10, 2014 by David Hone
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Regulations and Appliances

Last week the UK media put a lot of effort into reporting on the EU ban on the sale of the most powerful vacuum cleaners and then extended the discussion to possible future action on other high end appliances that consume a lot of energy, such as powerful hair dryers, kettles, toasters and so on.[read more]

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Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

September 9, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Capture, Biomass, and Climate Change

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass.[read more]

EDF's SolaROI Study: Understanding What PG&E's Electricity Rate Changes Mean for Solar PV

September 9, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Rate Changes and Solar PV

Our eyes are fixed firmly on improving local air quality and reducing global warming caused by fossil-fuel based electricity. We have high hopes for the role that clean, renewable, and distributed energy solutions like rooftop solar can play in “decarbonizing” our energy system.[read more]

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Power Satellite Progress

September 9, 2014 by Keith Henson
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Energy Innovation

Power satellites are a complicated subject. It involves economics, "rocket science," i.e., the rocket equation, orbital mechanics, radiators, thermodynamics, microwave and laser optics, geography, geometry, radio frequency interference with communications, and more.[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]

Worldwide Solar Market to Grow 75% by 2019 to Over 65 GW

September 9, 2014 by Brian Vieweger
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Solar Market Growth

With prices continuing to drop, solar has been rapidly growing for the past several years. Reports have started to come out that agree that solar growth will be strong in the coming years. The solar industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.3% worldwide.[read more]

Transmission Investment Times Five: Will the Grid be Secure?

September 9, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Transmission Investment and Savings

Utilities have lagged behind technologically for far too long, and this has left the United States’ electric grid extremely vulnerable. If something as mundane as powerlines touching tree branches can take out our electricity, how prepared are we for severe weather, cyber threats, or high demand?[read more]