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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]

Utility 2.0: NY's New Business Model Should Properly Value the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

August 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Utility Future

As we’ve mentioned before, New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and ‘smart’ electric grid.[read more]

Distributed Marginal Price: The New Metric for the Grid Edge?

August 27, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Metrics for the Grid Edge

The grid is changing from a one-way, centralized electricity delivery system to a distributed, networked system for generating, storing and consuming power, and the technology is changing a lot faster than the economic and regulatory systems that govern it.[read more]

California Could Rewrite the Rules for Distributed Demand Response

August 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California and Demand Response

You might imagine that California, the land of energy efficiency, smart meters, rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles, would also be leading the country in demand response -- the term of art for turning homes and buildings into grid-responsive energy assets. But you’d be wrong.[read more]

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Utility of the Future: Paradigm Shift to Meet a More Distributed, Customer-Focused Energy System in the 21st Century

July 17, 2014 by Sonita Lontoh
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Future Utility Systems

Utilities and energy providers around the world will face unprecedented challenges and changes in the 21st century, among which are the proliferation of distributed energy and the need to be more customer-focused. Successfully addressing these will require a paradigm shift in thinking.[read more]

Will Distributed Energy Make Up One-Third of the US Power Supply by 2020?

February 16, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Distributed Energy and US Power Supplies

 

Here’s a sobering thought for U.S. utilities and grid planners seeking solutions for a future filled with distributed, customer-owned energy assets: that future is already here. That’s one way to look at a striking chart presented at the DistribuTECH smart grid conference last month.[read more]

Will Demand Response, Distributed Energy Bring End of Traditional Utility Business Model?

July 10, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Disruptive Forces

How long tradition-bound utilities can rely on the status quo probably has several years to run. The growing popularity and affordability of rooftop solar systems is beginning to have an impact.[read more]