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Echelon Ditches the Smart Grid to Focus on the Internet of Things

Over the past year, as the smart meter market has hit the doldrums, we’ve seen a number of grid networking players start to look for opportunities in the “internet of things,” or IOT for short -- a broad term that can include everything from smart...

Posted August 30, 2014    

Can Modular Desalination Provide Cheap, Clean Water and Demand Response Too?

The process of desalination isn’t nearly as energy-intensive as it was just a decade ago, thanks to new reverse-osmosis plant designs and nano-structured membranes that have drastically improved the energy efficiency of turning salt water into fresh...

Posted August 29, 2014    

Distributed Marginal Price: The New Metric 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...

Posted August 27, 2014    

Communication Breakdown Between Utilities and Their Online Customers

Utilities are lagging behind most of their private-sector peers, and even many government agencies, when it comes to using digital technology to reach their customers. That oversight is costing them money today -- and in the future, it could start...

Posted August 23, 2014    

Data Analytics: What Utilities Are Investing in Now

Are data analytics the most important frontier for utilities seeking to modernize their businesses? Or, it just another buzz phrase pushed by companies selling software?At Greentech Media’s Soft Grid 2014 conference this September in Menlo Park...

Posted August 20, 2014    

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

U.S. 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,...

Posted August 18, 2014    

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

In California, where rooftop solar PV, distributed energy storage and energy-engaged consumers are becoming an increasingly important part of the grid mix, state regulators and utilities are starting to think about how these grid edge systems will...

Posted August 14, 2014    

Who's Got the Most Smart Grid Patents?

The smart grid industry has seen its fair share of mergers and acquisitions -- more than $30 billion of it over the past two years, to be exact.Much of this activity is driven by the desire for new technology, whether it’s in core areas like...

Posted August 12, 2014    

California Could Rewrite the Rules for Distributed 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-...

Posted August 9, 2014    

The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target

California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper.Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up...

Posted July 24, 2014    

California Ready to Fund the Next Wave of Microgrids Paired With Renewables and Storage

Microgrids -- autonomous yet connected islands of energy generation and control -- could be important building blocks of a truly resilient, solar and wind-integrated power grid.Someday.But right now, the vast majority of the 1,051 megawatts of...

Posted July 19, 2014    

Only Two US Community Solar Developers Have Finished More Than One Project. Why?

Community solar is the idea that people who don’t happen to have rooftops suited for solar panels ought to be able to invest in, and reap the rewards of, solar panels someplace else.It’s a tempting concept, because it could give the roughly three-...

Posted July 15, 2014