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Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

GTM Research projects a $1 billion U.S. market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth won’t come evenly -- and which of the 40-plus contenders in solar storage will succeed remains an open question.GTM Research’s new report,...

Posted January 24, 2015    

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision

Feds seek reversal of “tremendously damaging” lower court decision, as DR industry holds its breath.A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward last week, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court...

Posted January 23, 2015    

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

Big increase in solar and wind, doubling building efficiency and fuel economy, are on inaugural wish listCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative...

Posted January 7, 2015    

Top 5 Smart Grid Trends of 2014

At first glance, 2014 wasn’t such a great year in the world of smart grid, with slowdowns in deployment of smart meters, distribution automation and other key new grid technologies, a lackluster record of VC investment compared to years past, and...

Posted January 2, 2015    

These Recent Events Show How the 'Grid Edge' Is Guiding Utility Business Decisions

Back in 2013, Greentech Media came up with the term “grid edge” to encompass the new world of rooftop solar PV, behind-the-meter batteries, energy-smart buildings and other distributed, customer-owned energy assets. We also predicted that utilities...

Posted December 31, 2014    

Can Distributed Resources Replace $1B in Substation Upgrades? New York Will Soon Find Out

Last week, New York took a first step toward its vision of turning utilities into operators of distributed, customer-centric power grid assets. Now it’s up to Consolidated Edison to prove it can harness the power of these new assets on time, and at...

Posted December 27, 2014    

US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says EIA

More certainty and more coordination are needed to keep U.S. renewable energy and self-sufficiency goals on track.The United States needs to spend $2.1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize the electricity grid and prepare for more renewable...

Posted December 22, 2014    

In Texas, a Showdown Over How to Pay for Grid Batteries

Texas utility Oncor’s $5.2 billion grid battery plan is facing opposition from an unexpected source: the retail and generation arms of its own corporate parent.It's a conflict that underscores the complexities of incorporating energy storage into...

Posted December 9, 2014    

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

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been covering Southern California Edison’s 2.2-gigawatt grid services procurement for its West Los Angeles Basin region. With hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar power, energy storage, demand response and energy...

Posted December 5, 2014    

Inside SoCal Edison's Groundbreaking 2.2GW Grid Modernization Plan

Two weeks ago, utility Southern California Edison launched a real-world experiment in grid-edge economics, one that’s going to unfold in real time and at gigawatt scale.In a first for the utility industry, SCE announced it would buy hundreds of...

Posted November 24, 2014    

Hawaii to Test Smart Water Heaters as Grid Resources

Hawaiian Electric is trying out all sorts of distributed energy assets to help it manage its solar-impacted island electricity system, including behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in electric vehicles, and smart-meter-enabled energy disaggregation....

Posted November 22, 2014    

California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

As regulators consider lifting the 2011 ban, SCE and SDG&E plan $500 million in infrastructure investment.Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair...

Posted November 20, 2014