Can Utilities Get Smarter with Smart Meters?

September 10, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utilities and Smart Meters

In this day and age where information is always at our fingertips and we are constantly connected, the lack of customer engagement in the electric utility industry - on which all our smart electronic devices depend - is absolutely mind-blowing.[read more]


Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 15, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

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]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Under Threat, German Utility Says It Will Create a New 'Prosumer Business Model'

October 25, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Challenged by the surge in distributed renewables and a strong decline in revenues, one of Europe's largest largest utilities, RWE, is reportedly planning to completely transform itself from a traditional electricity provider into a renewable energy service provider.[read more]

Consumer Engagement: Utilities Can Make it Happen

October 23, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

I had the opportunity to sit in on some presentations at the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative on the subject of consumer engagement. One interesting presentations was given by some representatives of PEPCO, regarding how they achieved an overall 40% penetration rate of Direct Load Control.[read more]

40 Percent of Utilities Predict 'Complete Transformation' by 2030

October 10, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Utility Transformation

The words “utility” and “transformational” are rarely, if ever, tossed together in the same sentence. Yet utilities say they are expecting an overhaul of their business in the coming decades, and many realize such a metamorphosis is essential to survival.[read more]

Six Perspectives on the Fate of Utilities

October 4, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Over the last year, Greentech Media's coverage of the future of utilities has ramped up significantly. The coverage comes not because we're obsessed with the demise of utilities, but because the utility industry itself is grappling with how to manage the ongoing surge in distributed energy.[read more]

Why Utility Downgrades are a Big Deal

September 19, 2013 by Elias Hinckley

Electric utilities are facing a very challenging environment. Technologies like solar could undermine growth, risking that capital demands for maintaining infrastructure will increase the cost of borrowing, which, with declining demand, lead to losses in shareholder confidence.[read more]

Working Together, Utilities Can Save Water and Energy

July 24, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Utility Energy Savings

It’s hard to beat the smell and feel of laundry right out of the dryer—although if you’re like me, you might feel guilty about the amount of water and energy that’s being used with every load of laundry.[read more]

How Hard is it to Integrate Renewable Energy into the Electric Grid?

July 3, 2013 by Sean Casten

Renewables and Electric Grid

EEI said that incentives paid to renewable energy will jeopardize grid reliability and electricity costs. Enviros have responded that this represents nothing more than the utility industry’s naked self interest. Who’s right? I’d suggest neither.[read more]

Ten Startup Tips for Utility CEOs: The Final Five

July 2, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Business models for electric utilities are changing – regardless of what the EPA does about carbon emissions, and learning to live like a startup business is not just a good intellectual exercise for utility CEOs – it’s a necessity.[read more]

MLPs: Renewable Energy Bargain or Bad Deal?

June 14, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Aside from the NSA surveillance program and vacations, it's nearly impossible to find something both parties in Congress can agree on. But we may just have another such policy: master limited partnerships, or MLPs.[read more]

What Happens When California Meets 33 Percent Renewables Mandate?

June 9, 2013 by Herman Trabish

California renewable energy

A just-proposed California law would do away with the state’s 33 percent renewables mandate in favor of a coherently procured greentech future. The plan is backed by renewables advocates and approved by grid operator leadership.[read more]

Fracking and Your Electric Bill: How the Natural Gas ‘Boom’ Affects What You Pay?

May 10, 2013 by Veronique Bugnion

electricity prices

The US shale gas boom has increased the supply of natural gas, which in turn has brought gas prices way down. Since gas is a fuel that runs power plants, its price affects your electric bill – depending on your utility.[read more]

The Disruptive Possibilities of Microgrids

April 16, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

What will be the disruptive technology that starts the slow erosion of commercial businesses away from traditional electric utilities? What technology will dramatically reshape today’s power grids? Microgrids.[read more]