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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]

Capacity Markets: The Future of European Demand Response?

September 17, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Europe Demand Response

Europe’s appetite for demand response is growing, not just to provide grid stability, but for years to come. That’s opening up more money-making opportunities for European companies willing to turn over factory lines, HVAC systems, and other energy loads to serve those needs.[read more]

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Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

What a Difference a Day Makes! The Value of Real-Time Electricity Data

September 16, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Real-Time Electricity Data

Imagine you’re trying to lose weight. If you step on the scale once a month, how can you possibly know how each of your daily decisions affects the number? Weighing yourself every day would be a step up, giving you a much clearer picture. Now imagine the potential results if you could access real-time data.[read more]

The Minimum Bill: A First Step to Fair Utility Rates in a Distributed Energy Age

September 16, 2014 by Jim Kennerly
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Distributed Energy and Utility Rates

Are utility business models facing long-term disruptive change? In recent years, declining solar costs have made this a question of when, not if. Thus, utilities in leading solar PV markets are attempting to buy enough time to retool their strategies.[read more]

Department of Energy's National Labs Can Also Be Regional Hubs

September 15, 2014 by Mark Muro

Labs as Hubs

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are a $12.5 billion network of potentially transformative basic and applied R&D hubs located in or near many of the nation’s metropolitan areas. However, the labs are today underutilized as true economic assets. How can they be better leveraged?[read more]

Opower Enters Rare Partnership With FirstFuel to Expand Into Commercial Building Efficiency

September 14, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Opower doesn't often enter into strategic partnerships with companies that overlap with its business. The company has been very successful landing utility partners so far, and other than starting a relationship with Honeywell for a smart thermostat deployment, it hasn't needed to rely on others to expand.[read more]

Sprung a Leak? Smart Water Meters to the Rescue

September 12, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Smart Water Readers

A few months ago I logged into my online utility account and noticed it was more than twice the amount I usually pay, all of the excess going to water. We are water and electricity savers in our household, so what on earth could this spike be?[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: District Energy

September 12, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

District Energy

District energy systems produce steam, hot water, and/or chilled water at central plants and, through a network of insulated pipes (often underground), distribute the steam or water to multiple buildings. District energy plants often include power generation, typically CHP, which further increases overall efficiency.[read more]

5 Key Proposals for New York's Grid Transformation

September 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

New York’s has provided details of how it plans to transform the state’s electric grid and energy markets, with proposals to turn the state’s utilities into distributed system platform providers, identify use cases for replacing grid upgrades with distributed generation, and create open markets for third-party competition.[read more]

Utility 2.0: New York Electricity Market Should Allow Third Parties to Compete

September 11, 2014 by John Finnigan

New York Electric Grid Development

The New York Public Service Commission has embarked on the landmark Reforming Energy Vision proceeding to design a new business model for electric utilities. Today’s business model allows utilities to earn revenues based on how much money they spend to supply and deliver electricity.[read more]