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What's Going on in Residential Solar? The View from Greentech Media's Solar Energy Summit

April 23, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Residential solar was a hot topic at the recent Greentech Media Solar Summit. Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst at GTM Research, started out the session on “Opportunities and Threats in the Residential Solar Market” by asking each panelist to share the key to success for residential solar, in five words.[read more]

California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Energy Systems to the Grid

April 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements.[read more]

How I Went to an Energy Storage Conference and a Data Analytics Session Broke Out

April 22, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Rodney Dangerfield had a great line about how he went to the fights and a hockey game broke out. It's a witty commentary on the frequency of fist fights between hockey teams. We’re going to witness a similar trend in energy storage conferences. Many will transform into data analytics events.[read more]

What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid?

April 21, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Smart Grid Expectations

There’s no doubt that the smart grid is coming, but it’s not well understood by most people. What will it look like? How will it help us? At a recent Women in Cleantech and Sustainability event, a panel of smart and well-informed women was on hand to shed light on the mysteries of the smart grid.[read more]

Java for the Grid Edge: From Blu-Ray Players to Smart Grid Devices

April 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Java and the Grid

The long-promised goal of embedding open, flexible computing power in all types of smart grid devices is starting to be realized in 2014. Open platforms are being introduced. Multi-vendor partnerships driven by utilities are creating new ways for technology to interact on the grid edge.[read more]

The Smart Grid and Multifamily Dwelling Challenges

April 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are many disconnects and dysfunctions in the multifamily real estate market that are beyond the ability of renters or property owners alone to resolve. There are multiple challenges in a market segment that includes stakeholders with sometimes vastly different financial perspectives.[read more]

German Demand Response: Almost Ready for Prime Time

April 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When the wind blows and the sun shines in Germany, electricity prices in the country plummet. Natural gas peaker plants are not needed, as the peaks are erased and they cannot compete with renewables. But the grid still needs a lot of balancing resources during times that renewables dominate.[read more]

A Rising Tension: 'Value-of-Solar' Tariff Versus Net Metering

April 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Pricing Solar

The Alliance for Solar Choice, a group made up of leading solar service providers, is a staunch defender of net energy metering. And that has brought it into conflict with solar advocates calling for a more precise "value of solar" calculation.[read more]

Solar Energy, Sky Cameras, and Hard Math: A New Way to Integrate PV on the Grid

April 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Sky Cameras and the Grid

Insanely complex math, and never enough data -- that’s the conundrum in trying to model the ebb and flow of solar power and energy storage on the grid edge. Large-scale transmission systems are well modeled. But the majority of the grid below the substation provides little to work with.[read more]

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

Can a Systems Engineering Approach Solve Consumption Challenges in the Electricity Value Chain?

April 8, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

A system is a set of components that interact in an organized fashion toward a common purpose. Add living organisms like humans, it becomes an ecosystem. The electric grid was a complex system, but the advent of Smart Grid technologies started a grid transformation into a complex ecosystem[read more]

Demand Response Value Isn't Just About Capacity, Study Finds

April 6, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Demand Response and Capacity

It's well known that the use of load shifting can often be more efficient than power plants when it comes to providing grid balancing services. But few studies exist on the effect that demand response resources have on operational costs for utilities or independent system operators.[read more]

One Sustainability App to Rule Them All?

April 5, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Sustainability App

Intelligent efficiency software for buildings can usually be lumped into three broad categories: dashboarding and visualization; actionable energy intelligence; and enterprise sustainability. The actual products that are within those categories vary widely.[read more]

The Energy-Data Nexus Could Be the Next Big Thing for the IT Industry

April 1, 2014 by Rob Day

You may have heard of the energy-water nexus, which is the idea that water use and energy production are so intertwined that they can, to a significant extent, be thought of as two sides of the same coin. The same thing is happening, in remarkably similar ways, with energy and data.[read more]

New Orleans' Peak-Time Rebate a Strong Draw for Low-Income Customers

March 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Peak-Time Rebate

No matter how much customer engagement is talked about, many utilities seem to have trouble interacting with low-income customers. But the results from one pilot funded by the DoE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants found one pricing plan enabled by smart meters was well received by low-income customers.[read more]