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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]

A Look at SCE's Procurement of Distributed Generation to Fill the Nuclear Gap

December 5, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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SCE, Distributed Generation, and Nuclear

With hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar power, energy storage, demand response and energy efficiency, SCE wants to manage local grid constraints, reduce carbon emissions, and test the ability of targeted, customer-sited and distributed assets to meet the needs traditionally filled by central power plants.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation with Storage and Demand Response?

October 6, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Distributed Generation and Demand Response

This article will take a deep and fundamental look at the potential of distributed storage and demand response to enhance the potential of distributed generation. Utility scale storage and demand response will also be assessed for comparative purposes.[read more]

The Politics of Distributed Generation

September 29, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Properly understood, and properly represented, wealthier and better informed consumers are using distributed solar and behind the meter storage to do what they have been trying to do for years with other technologies: use electricity more efficiently and reduce their energy costs.[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]

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]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[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]

Are Mini-Grids The Next Big Opportunity Beyond The Grid?

September 8, 2014 by Justin Guay

Mini-Grid Development

Beyond the grid solar start-up Devergy believes the time has come for the next evolution in clean energy access markets: mini-grids. The mini-grid systems Devergy deploys are essentially many solar home systems connected to a battery back-up and charge controllers distributed to individual homes.[read more]

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

August 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Utilities and Distributed Generation

 

United States utilities see both threat and opportunity in the rise of customer-owned solar systems. Sure, all that new distributed generation could help them avoid building new power plants in the future. But it could also threaten utility business models.[read more]

California Takes Its First Step Toward Creating the Distributed, Intelligent Grid of the Future

August 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California Grid Innovation

In California, where rooftop solar PV, distributed energy storage and energy-engaged consumers are becoming an important part of the grid mix, state regulators and utilities are thinking about how these grid edge systems will work together for the benefit of the grid, the environment and ratepayers alike.[read more]

Is Distributed Storage Coming to Your Neighborhood 7-Eleven?

February 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Two years ago, Green Charge Networks developed its first set of customer-located storage projects with stimulus money from New York utility Consolidated Edison. Ever since, the company has been quiet, periodically announcing performance data and software upgrades, but no new projects.[read more]

The Revolution Won't Be Distributed

January 14, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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If you read the environmental press, clean tech media, or even the New York Times, you might conclude that America is on the cusp of a distributed generation (DG) revolution. The utility industry too is taking the threat seriously.[read more]

An Action Plan for Distributed Generation

October 16, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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Distributed Generation Plan

Distributed generation can create important benefits for consumers, and is also making big waves in the world of utilities. As part of an ongoing series, America's Power Plan lays out the best recommendations for capturing their benefits.[read more]

Six Perspectives on the Fate of Utilities

October 4, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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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]