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Major Steps Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in New York, California

April 2, 2015 by Ryan Katofsky

State Electrical System Reform

Now well into 2015, momentum is building around the country to create a 21st Century electricity system. Progress is being made on the regulatory front and with implementation, as various states move to modernize their grids, update their regulatory frameworks, and address future challenges.[read more]

Distributed Home Energy Systems: Fast Approaching Break-Even

March 18, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Home Energy Systems

Interest in distributed renewable generation and home energy systems continues to intensify. Although there are many configurations for home energy systems, we have looked at a system including photovoltaic power generation, battery energy storage, electric vehicles and a control system with load control.[read more]

New York Calls for Utilities to Accelerate Distributed Energy With New Platforms and Partners

March 5, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative has been a bold vision for how a power system will be transformed, albeit one with a murky timeframe. More details emerged about how New York will go from its current structure to one where distribution utilities are platform providers for a distributed energy system.[read more]

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How to Regulate the Electricity Distribution Utility of the Future

February 4, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Future Utilities and Regulation

Regulators need new and more effective tools that will allow them to manage greater uncertainty and incentivize electricity distribution utilities to both accommodate distributed energy resources and take advantage of the capabilities these new technologies provide.[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]

A Bipartisan Group Of Senators Is Pushing For Distributed Wind: Here's Why It Matters

January 1, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk
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A group of Senators recently urged the U.S. Department of Energy to continue funding programs for the domestic distributed wind energy industry. The bipartisan group, led by Senator Al Franken, wrote a letter highlighting the clear potential for distributed wind power.[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

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

November 28, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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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]

Clean, Distributed Energy Can Benefit Low-Income Families

November 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Clean Energy and Poverty

How will clean energy policies affect low-income families and communities of color? This is a critical question to answer because low-income families, including a disproportionately large percentage of African Americans and Latinos, spend a greater portion of their income on utility bills.[read more]

Spirae Launches the Operating System for Distributed Energy

November 7, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy Operating System

 

The grid edge is a wild and wooly frontier. Rooftop solar PV, behind-the-meter batteries, energy-smart buildings and other forms of distributed, customer-owned energy assets represent a significant problem for centrally controlled, one-way power grid operations.[read more]

"Reforming the Energy Vision": Transforming NY Utility Regulation

October 18, 2014 by Jim Kennerly
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New York Energy Reform

In the coming years, distributed energy resources will very likely continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment. Despite much of the escalating controversy surrounding net energy metering and solar PV, few executives would dispute the need for utility regulation to adapt to these changes.[read more]

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How to Value Distributed Solar Energy: The Net Metering Debate

October 7, 2014 by Nate Gilbraith
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The net metering debate have been heating up, bringing with it consequences for all electricity consumers. I explore the factors that make it hard for utilities, panel owners, and solar energy companies to agree on an appropriate pricing mechanism.[read more]

A New Approach to Valuing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources

September 30, 2014 by Ryan Katofsky

Distributed Energy Resources

For "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) program to be successful, utility regulators need a new framework for benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to accurately assess the full value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and to compare it to traditional solutions.[read more]

5 States Leading the Distributed Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy by State

We’re going to need some sophisticated software to integrate distributed rooftop PV, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in EVs and smart-metered, energy-savvy homes, office buildings and factories into the grid. We’ll also need some sophisticated policy-making.[read more]

On Distributed Generation, the Answer is Location, Location, Location

September 10, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

What is the basis for the value of distributed energy resources? This is one of the most important questions that must be answered as more distributed energy resources (DER) are deployed and the electricity grid continues to change and develop.[read more]