Sign up | Login with →

Smart Grid

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

December 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
1

I made ten predictions all the way back in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. You can review the full predictions and judge for yourself the quality of my crystal ball.[read more]

Interoperability is a Smart Grid Necessity [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 11, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Smart Grid Interoperability

Making the power grid smarter and more efficient is becoming a necessity as aging infrastructure requires upgrading, distributed generation sources proliferate and utilities adjust business models to address climate change and other new realities.[read more]

Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

December 9, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

How much can actually change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply that quite a lot can change. Here’s a progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020.[read more]

A Look at SCE's Procurement of Distributed Generation to Fill the Nuclear Gap

December 5, 2014 by Jeff St. John
9

SCE, Distributed Generation, and Nuclear

With hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar power, energy storage, demand response and energy efficiency, SCE wants to manage local grid constraints, reduce carbon emissions, and test the ability of targeted, customer-sited and distributed assets to meet the needs traditionally filled by central power plants.[read more]

Texas to Overhaul Its Grid-Balancing Services With Energy Storage

December 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Before the EPA released its Clean Power Plan earlier this year, with goals for each state to slash carbon dioxide emissions, Texas was already preparing for a changing energy mix. Its grid operator has been evaluating its grid-balancing needs as it takes on more wind power, while coal is retired at an increasing pace.[read more]

Germany's Biggest Utility, E.ON Is Divesting Fully From Centralized Power Plants

December 3, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
14

Executives from E.ON, Germany's biggest utility, announced plans to leave the centralized power business in order to focus exclusively on distributed energy and "empowering customers." In a strategy approved by the utility's advisory board yesterday, E.ON is preparing to split into two separate companies.[read more]

New York's Energy Czar: We Need Clean Energy Markets, Not Programs or Mandates

December 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
1

In the wake of an election season that pitted climate warriors against coal defenders, progressives on energy policy were disappointed after Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate. But not everyone working on climate and clean energy policy feels a sense of dismay about inaction or partisanship.[read more]

Big Step Taken Toward a More Coordinated Grid

November 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Grid Modernization

On November 1, 2014 the move toward a more coordinated Western U.S. grid took an extremely important step forward when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and PacifiCorp (a utility in the Berkshire-Hathaway Energy family) launched a six-state Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).[read more]

exclusive

A New Platform to Guide Utility Regulations To Let Solar and Distributed Energy Flourish

November 28, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
6

Utility Regulations and Future Energy Planning

If you could start from a clean slate to regulate electric utilities, how would you begin such a task, and how would you reflect the changing dynamics in the electricity industry, especially with respect to solar energy and distributed generation?[read more]

exclusive

Future Cities Need 'Intelligent' Local Energy Systems

November 28, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Urban Energy Systems

In cities we are faced with systems of multiple spatial as well as temporal scales. Slowly changing urban infrastructure systems are required to react to sometimes rapid societal changes. In addition cities bring together a large variety of different stakeholders their own specific viewpoints.[read more]

Inside SoCal Edison's Groundbreaking 2.2GW Grid Modernization Plan

November 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John
1

Grid Modernization

SoCal Edison announced it would buy hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar, behind-the-meter batteries, automated demand response and targeted energy efficiency as part of its 2,200-megawatt Local Capacity Requirement procurement for its grid-stressed West Los Angeles Basin region.[read more]

Hawaii to Test Smart Water Heaters as Grid Resources

November 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Hawaii and Smart Water Heaters

Hawaiian Electric is trying out all sorts of distributed energy assets to help it manage its solar-impacted island electricity system, including behind-the-meter batteries, and smart-meter-enabled energy disaggregation. But one of the cheaper grid tools at its disposal could be the ubiquitous electric water heater.[read more]

Two Years After Sandy, the Conversation Around Energy Resiliency Still Going Strong

November 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency

New Jersey has made great strides forward and impressive progress toward making the Garden State’s energy infrastructure more resilient in the two years since the damage and flooding from Superstorm Sandy caused a massive weeks-long power outage.[read more]

What Does New York's 'Energy Vision' Mean for Utility Jurisdiction and Regulators? [VIDEO]

November 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
1

New York's Energy Vision

Before the New York Public Service Commission’s vision of a grid operated by Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs) can become a reality, there are just a few points to hammer out -- to say the least. The issues are complex and wide open for debate.[read more]