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Stem to Install 1MW of Networked Behind-the-Meter Batteries in Hawaii

Hawaii is facing some serious disruptions from its growing share of distributed rooftop solar, and it’s going to try Stem’s distributed grid energy storage as a solution.On Thursday, utility Hawaiian Electric announced it had picked the Millbrae,...

Posted September 20, 2014    

Analytics for Solar and Energy Storage: Show Me the Money

Software that analyzes the complex interplay between solar PV, energy storage systems and customer energy use sounds like a great idea -- but is it something that companies are ready to pay for?This depends on the level of maturity of the industry...

Posted September 18, 2014    

Capacity Markets: The Future of European Demand Response?

Europe’s appetite for demand response is growing, not just to provide grid stability and energy balancing on its solar and wind power-influenced grids on a day-to-day basis, but for years to come. That’s opening up more money-making opportunities...

Posted September 17, 2014    

ViZn Energy: A New Flow Battery Contender in the Grid-Scale Storage Race

For years, battery technology startups and researchers have been striving to create a rechargeable, grid-scale energy storage system using zinc, one of the world’s cheapest and most plentiful metals. Zinc-based batteries tend to break down after...

Posted September 13, 2014    

5 Key Proposals for New York's Grid Transformation

New York’s Public Service Commission has provided some of the first 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...

Posted September 12, 2014    

The Local and Global Impact of Tesla's Giga Factory

Tesla Motors is finally ready to confirm that it’s building its $5 billion Giga factory in Nevada, putting to rest a five-state competition for what’s slated to be the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery plant. But the scope of Tesla’s plans extend...

Posted September 11, 2014    

How Software Could Save Big Money on the UK Grid

Here’s one measure of the value of marrying the smart grid with software: $387 million. U.K. utilities Scottish and Southern Energy and U.K. Power Networks believe they can save that much money in distribution system upgrades over the coming years,...

Posted September 10, 2014    

The Top 5 Trends in Soft Grid, 2014 Edition

Greentech Media’s Soft Grid 2014 conference is just around the corner -- and that makes it a good time to examine the progress over the past year among utilities making the transition from traditional IT and operations to a “software-defined” future...

Posted September 9, 2014    

The GE-Alstom Merger: Where Does it Fit Into the Soft Grid?

General Electric’s proposed $13 billion takeover of Alstom (also called an "alliance") could create a supergroup of smart grid technology, if the marriage goes well. But like any giant corporate merger, there will be overlapping areas of...

Posted September 4, 2014    

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