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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

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

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

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

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]

Will Energy Storage Save the Grid?

September 30, 2013 by James Greenberger

It has long been assumed that the rise of distributed generation is a good thing for the grid and for the electricity storage business, but both assumptions should be questioned. For a grid largely based on distributed generation will have benefits, it will also have drawbacks.[read more]

The Existential Threat to Utilities, and Why Transactive Energy is the Answer

September 3, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Distributed generation (DG) has been called an existential threat to electric utilities. But it doesn’t have to be a doomsday scenario, and there’s interesting work going on in the field of Transactive Energy that envisions a much more pragmatic future of the Smart Grid.[read more]

Distributive Generation and Nuclear Energy

August 20, 2013 by Charles Barton

Amory Lovins popularized the idea of distributive electrical generation as a foil to the emerging nuclear power industry. Lovins argued that what was needed was not large nuclear generation facilities, but small localized generating facilities that drew their power from nature.[read more]

The Zeitgeist of Net Metering and Distributed Generation

July 30, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The utility zeitgeist for our time regarding electricity is based on whether they see Smart Grid and other transformations as an opportunity or threat. For some consumers, it’s the same dichotomy. Undoubtedly, there’s much to threaten the electricity status quo.[read more]

Distributed Generation, Electricity Storage, and the Utility of the Future

July 16, 2013 by James Greenberger

If the market for storage grows up “inside the meter”, rather than on the utility side of the meter, there is good reason to believe that utilities will have a hard time getting that market back.[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]

Progress Projected for Renewable Energy, EV Industry

April 26, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

renewable energy forecast

Despite the controversy that surrounds the industry’s long-term effectiveness, the evidence continues to pile up in defense of renewable energies in terms of energy generation and the automotive industry.[read more]

Clean Energy for NYC? $2.2 Billion Electric Pipeline Gets State Approval

April 20, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

clean energy for NYC?

The pipeline will transfer one gigawatt, or 1000 megawatts, across the border to assist in providing electricity for the Big Apple. This project represents a sizable 10% increase in electric capacity for the New York City region.[read more]

Solar Energy Grows Up, So Now What?

April 16, 2013 by Sean Casten

Solar is no longer irrelevant to utility planning. It’s grown up and has earned a seat at the big kids table. But that also means the rules are going to change. The solar energy industry needs to plan accordingly.[read more]