Smart Grid

3 Ways the Texas Grid is Getting Smarter Thanks to the DoE's SunShot Initiative

February 7, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Smart Grid Development

Recently, GridWise Alliance released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI), a ranking of every state’s progress toward the improvement and modernization of our nation's electric system – and Texas impressively placed third.[read more]

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FERC vs. EPSA Ruling: A Win for Demand Response and Energy Storage

February 4, 2016 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Demand Response Ruling

Demand Response and Energy Storage companies will benefit enormously from the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to regulate demand response programs in wholesale markets.[read more]

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Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid

January 28, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Energy Savings and Grid Reliance

Clean energy is now more of a reality than ever before and there are so many options out there for people looking to go green. So, we thought we’d create some great green alternative energy tips for you to use to make your home a more eco-friendly one.[read more]

DOE Announces Grid Modernization R&D Projects, Partners, and Funding

January 19, 2016 by Benjamin Burger

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will fund up to $220 million of R&D projects to modernize America’s aging power grid infrastructure over the next three years. Accompanying this, DOE released its ¨Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan¨ (MYPP), a strategic blueprint that informs and guides a national R&D agenda involving a consortium of DOE National Laboratories.[read more]

ARPA-E Funds the Next Wave of Grid-Distributed Energy Integration

January 6, 2016 by Jeff St. John
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ARPA-E and Energy Integration

Over the past year, the Department of Energy has been putting an increased focus on technology to integrate renewable energy into everyday grid operations. This work has included opening loan guarantees to distributed renewables, and grants to support field tests of distributed energy integration.[read more]

Global Renewable Microgrid Deployment Growth in 2015 Set to Continue in 2016

January 1, 2016 by Arnaud Henin

Renewables and Microgrids

As 2015 draws to a close, it is time to review the progress and status of renewable microgrid development around the world. The past year has been a good one for renewable microgrids. There has been significant growth in the deployment, implementation and interest in renewable microgrids globally.[read more]

Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2015, Part 2

December 21, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News for 2015

Advanced energy makes news, and 2015 was proof of that. From innovative financing models for energy efficiency to Fortune 500 companies choosing advanced energy, businesses big and small had impact on the way the world generates and uses energy.[read more]

Will Data Unlock Billions in Solar Investment for the Poor?

December 17, 2015 by Justin Guay

Data and Dealing with Energy Poverty

When it comes to unlocking solar energy for the world's poorest citizens, it's really all about the money. That's why this week's announcement that beyond the grid solar firm BBOXX will lead the industry's first ever securitization is really big news.[read more]

California Net Metering 2.0 Keeps Retail Rates for Rooftop Solar

December 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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California Net Metering

California regulators have proposed a future net metering regime that will preserve retail payments for residential rooftop PV. But the proposal adds new interconnection costs and non-bypassable charges to distributed solar systems, while also imposing new minimum bill requirements and time-of-use rates.[read more]

Economists are from Mars, Electric Cars are from Venus

December 16, 2015 by James Bushnell
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Electric Vehicles and Energy Economics

I work at UC Davis, with at least two (that I know about) centers devoted to research “aimed at developing a sustainable market for plug-in vehicles.” I run into a lot of researchers and environmental advocates who are completely dedicated to the mission of accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles.[read more]

California's International Model for Climate Success

December 16, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC
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California and Climate Action

The ongoing COP21 international climate agreement negotiations should be guided by California’s experience. While our transition is ongoing, smart policy and bipartisan leadership have reduced emissions and increased renewable energy while creating economic growth.[read more]

22 Organizations Helping to End Energy Poverty Now

December 16, 2015 by David Lawrence

Every week, more than a million children are born into the world to feed, clothe and shelter. And the greatest growth in population comes from many of the least developed nations. Today, in this rapidly expanding world, 1.3 billion people still have no access to electricity.[read more]

How Much Money Can China's Utilities Save With Demand Response?

December 9, 2015 by Collin Smith
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China and Demand Response

China is seeing the potential for demand response to reduce costs for its grid, but the structure of its energy market makes it difficult to know exactly how much it can help. A study attempts to solve this by estimating the benefits of demand response for Shanghai, the site of China's first demand response pilot program.[read more]

If You Like Your Time-Invariant Electricity Price, You Can Keep It

November 17, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Electricity Pricing and Models

Shouldn’t a 2000-square-foot house in San Francisco cost the same as in Omaha? If you answered yes, then time-varying electricity pricing won’t make much sense to you either. And you are probably puzzled, or outraged, at how much more expensive wrapping paper is on December 15 than on January 1.[read more]

Regional Electricity Markets Needed

November 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Plans to create and expand regional electricity markets in the West -- which would allow more electricity sales across state borders -- have been criticized by some as a threat to California's ability to reduce climate-warming carbon pollution from power generation. Nothing could be further from the truth.[read more]