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Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

January 24, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.[read more]

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

January 22, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Ask a grid engineer in HI or GER about his work, and you’re in for an earful. Policymakers would be smart to listen. While discussions of voltage regulation or “transient stability” can sound technical, voltage stability in the distribution network is essential to taking advantage of distributed energy resources.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

Four Terms Every Utility Executive Must Know

January 20, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Jargon is a fact of life in any business sector, and as the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, I assure you its quite prolific in the Smart Grid sector. Jargon has a beneficial purpose. It is useful referential shorthand that encapsulates complex topics in minimalist terms.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

Nest Thermostats Now Link Up to Products From LG, Philips, Whirlpool, and Others

January 10, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Last June, Nest announced that there were some big names in the first round of integration with its thermostat, which acts as the hub for its smart home platform. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, the list of names has gotten even bigger.[read more]

Three Important Takeaways for Success in the Smart Grid Ecosystem

January 6, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The USA’s electricity ecosystem is transforming as new Smart Grid technologies disrupt the status quo. It should be a no-brainer for companies to enter this business sector, but there’s a troubling statistic based on actual history across many sectors. For every success, there are about four failures.[read more]

Exploring U.S. Seniors' Perspective Toward the Smart Grid

January 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Seniors and the Smart Grid

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recently completed a new consumer analysis, Consumer Pulse: Focus on Seniors, which takes a deeper dive into the data collected from SGCC’s national flagship research series, Consumer Pulse Wave 1-4, which was collected during 2011–2013.[read more]

Wind and Solar Energy: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy, Reliably, Every Day

January 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Clean Energy and Grid Integration

Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid.[read more]

Top 5 Smart Grid Trends of 2014

January 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John

2014 wasn’t such a great year in the world of smart grid, with slowdowns in deployment of smart meters, distribution automation and other key new grid technologies, a lackluster record of VC investment compared to years past, and growing uncertainties over the financial viability of traditional utilities.[read more]

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Top 14 Energy Stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Top Energy Stories of the Year

From the impacts of tumbling oil prices and the largest climate march in history to debates over Germany's energy policies and a practical guides to buying a new light bulb, TheEnergyCollective.com was full of insightful analysis, informative articles, and rich debate.[read more]

These Recent Events Show How the 'Grid Edge' Is Guiding Utility Business Decisions

December 31, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Grid Edge and Business Choices

Back in 2013, we predicted that utilities and governments would need to take on the non-traditional challenges of the Grid Edge sooner rather than later, if they wanted to convert them from existential threat into future opportunity. One year later, and we’ve seen this forecast hold true.[read more]

Utility 2.0: What are Utilities Doing to Meet New York's Vision for a 21st Century Energy System?

December 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Energy Vision

Since the New York Public Service Commission opened its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding in the spring to modernize the state’s electricity system, a lot has happened. Namely, New York utilities are already working to align themselves with the broad objectives outlined in the REV proceeding.[read more]

Can Distributed Resources Replace $1B in Substation Upgrades? New York Will Soon Find Out

December 27, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Resources in New York

New York recently took a first step toward its vision of turning utilities into operators of distributed, customer-centric power grid assets. Now it’s up to Consolidated Edison to prove it can harness the power of these new assets on time, and at the right price.[read more]

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Solar Panel Maintenance Poses Unforeseen Challenge in Developing World Electrification

December 24, 2014 by Adam Hashian
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Solar Panel Maintenance in the Developing World

It would be an affordable and practical solution for new electrical generation installations in developing nations to be fueled by low-carbon sources. But there are many challenges with solar electrification, including installation and maintenance, infrastructure, and financing.[read more]