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A New Approach to Valuing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources

September 30, 2014 by Ryan Katofsky

Distributed Energy Resources

For "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) program to be successful, utility regulators need a new framework for benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to accurately assess the full value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and to compare it to traditional solutions.[read more]

How a Top Liberal State Is Creating an Electricity Market That Conservatives Should Love

September 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Imagine an electricity market that gives small businesses and consumers the same ability to compete and make money that utilities have always had. The market has no explicit technology mandates that require utilities or individuals to "pick winners and losers." It simply sets some basic rules.[read more]

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]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Service Company (ESCO) Services

September 27, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Energy Service Companies

Energy Service Companies reduce customers’ energy use and costs by implementing comprehensive efficiency solutions. This involves retrofitting existing buildings with energy efficient equipment like efficient lighting, heating, AC, and motors, as well as energy management and control systems.[read more]

NY Regulators are Building a More Distributed, Reliable, Transactive Grid

September 26, 2014 by Chris King

New York and the Grid

In the State of New York, a looming power supply shortage is spurring regulatory action to support a smarter, less centralized and more robust power grid. Rhis initiative could revolutionize the utility industry in that state, while solving the supply problem -- in both a functional and business sense.[read more]

Mayor Bill de Blasio Pivots Toward a Sustainable New York City

September 25, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting just finished, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided the time was right to renew the city's sustainability effort.[read more]

Beyond Hardware: Why ARPA-E Sees Big Potential in Software Analytics for the Grid

September 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Traditionally, ARPA-E focuses on capital- or materials-intensive solutions like battery storage, fuel cells, biofuels, electric motors and power electronics. But recently, it has ramped up its support for companies and research teams that are developing software analytics for the transmission and distribution grids.[read more]

5 States Leading the Distributed Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy by State

We’re going to need some sophisticated software to integrate distributed rooftop PV, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in EVs and smart-metered, energy-savvy homes, office buildings and factories into the grid. We’ll also need some sophisticated policy-making.[read more]

Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Energy Growth

September 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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There are several reasons for healthy growth projections in solar. There are more affinity marketing promotions in your mail and email these days. There are more financing options such as crowd-sourcing, PACE, third-party ownership via power purchase agreements, and more.[read more]

Federal Energy News: Senate Finance Talks Energy Tax Reform, EPA Extends Comment Period, and No Review for Demand Response Ruling

September 22, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on energy tax reform, the EPA extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review a ruling on a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission demand response regulation.[read more]

Stem to Install 1MW of Networked Behind-the-Meter Batteries in Hawaii

September 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Hawaii Networked Batteries

Hawaii is facing some serious disruptions from its growing share of distributed rooftop solar, and it’s going to try Stem’s distributed grid energy storage as a solution. On Thursday, utility Hawaiian Electric announced it had picked the Millbrae for a 1-megawatt pilot project on the island of Oahu.[read more]

Resiliency+: Smart Grid Technologies and the Benefits of Two-Way Communication

September 19, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Grid Communication

It’s September, fall is just around the corner, and with it comes the second anniversary of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. A smarter and much more efficient electric grid should be on the minds of all New Jerseyans. Unfortunately, it is not.[read more]

Illinois Considers Greenhouse Gas Metric for Evaluating Utility Performance

September 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Greenhouse Gases and Utility Performance

A new utility business model is the hot topic in statehouses and regulatory commissions across the country, as some argue utility earnings should be based on performance rather than volumetric electricity sales. This is due to many factors like tech innovations and changing consumer expectations.[read more]

Analytics for Solar and Energy Storage: Show Me the Money

September 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Software that analyzes the complex interplay between solar PV, energy storage systems and customer energy use sounds like a great idea -- but is it something that companies are ready to pay for? This strongly depends on the level of maturity of the industry in question.[read more]

How Smart Grid Policies Create Employment Opportunities

September 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Most Smart Grid discussions about human impacts address the demographic trends in utility workforces or the influences that Smart Grid technologies and applications have on people in residential and commercial settings. But the subject of job creation doesn’t get the same attention.[read more]