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Landmark Government Report Calls for Billions in New Grid Investments

The first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review asks Congress for big money to boost grid reliability, security and renewables.The Obama administration is calling on Congress to approve billions of dollars in new spending to modernize the power grid, as...

Posted April 25, 2015    

Apple and SunPower to Build 40MW of Solar PV in China

Apple’s first foray into a tricky market for non-Chinese companiesApple is taking its solar ambitions outside the U.S. for the first time, announcing a partnership with SunPower to build 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in China’s western Sichuan...

Posted April 24, 2015    

Can EV Chargers Earn Enough Money on Grid Services to Give Them Away for Free?

EMotorWerks mines for data gold in the EV-charging field.Plugged-in electric vehicles could overload neighborhood transformers and drive up peak demand on already-stressed grids. Or, they could wield their influence in ways that brings the grid into...

Posted April 22, 2015    

Why Today's Grid Storage Business Models Are Subject to Change

From Germany to Orange County, cost-effective grid batteries will require adaptability.Controlling and optimizing grid-tied and behind-the-meter batteries is already a complicated business. But it’s going to get a lot more complicated in the years...

Posted April 14, 2015    

Report: 'Load Defection' from Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries is Already Here

Not even fixed charges or net metering rollbacks can stop solar-plus-storage from undermining utilities that can’t adapt.Forget the threat of solar and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to...

Posted April 10, 2015    

Finding the Hidden Cyber Threats in the Power Grid

How N-Dimension helped a Midwest utility distill 3.8 million cyber alerts into real-world security actionsToday’s utility cyber environment is awash with potential threats, ranging from customer credit-card theft attempts like those that struck...

Posted April 6, 2015    

How Energy Disaggregation Can Inspire Efficiency

Bidgely and PG&E see 7.7 percent efficiency gains from an 800-customer pilot.Pulling apart whole-home energy data and turning it into appliance-by-appliance breakdowns can help even the most inspired household energy-savers get more efficient....

Posted April 1, 2015    

UtilityAPI: Automating the Customer-to-Solar Data Connection

Can quick and accurate utility data help decrease solar customer acquisition costs?Customer acquisition can make up roughly 10 percent of a residential solar system’s total cost, according to GTM Research, making it a big target for solar companies...

Posted March 28, 2015    

Colorado Is the Latest State to Consider the 'Utility of the Future'

The “performance-based” utility regulation could set stage for modernization efforts like those underway in California and New York.Colorado’s state legislature is seeking to follow the lead of states like California, New York, Hawaii and...

Posted March 17, 2015    

California's Demand Response 2.0 Creates New Competitive Markets

New direct participation program, auction mechanisms could transform the state’s demand-side grid potential.Last year, we covered how California utility regulators and grid operators are rewriting the rules for demand response -- the practice of...

Posted March 16, 2015    

SunEdison Buys Solar Grid Storage for Battery-Backed PV and Wind Energy

It’s the first big solar player to dive into energy storage—but it won’t be the last.Last month, we predicted that one of the country’s big vertically integrated solar companies would make a move into the energy storage business this year by...

Posted March 14, 2015    

U.S. Solar Generation Doubled in 2014, Renewable Output Grew 11%

New federal statistics out this week have shed more light on solar and wind energy’s emerging role in keeping the country’s lights on. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2014 saw non-hydro renewable energy generation increase...

Posted March 12, 2015