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Are We Getting Any Closer to the Smart Home? A Look at Trends From CES

CES 2016 was a record-breaking year for the Consumer Electronics Show, with more vendors and a bigger exhibition floor than ever before. Seasoned attendees said this was evident in the increasingly competitive smart home space.Voice control emerged...

Posted January 14, 2016    

Hillary Clinton Weighs In on Nevada’s Bitter Solar Fight

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with the Las Vegas Sun last week to chat with the newspaper’s editors, the first question wasn’t about jobs, gun control or Benghazi.The first question was about solar.In a wide-ranging...

Posted January 12, 2016    

What Energy Efficiency Can Learn From Solar, Uber and Spotify

The business model shift driving growth in digital music, solar panels, and other consumer technologies is poised to have the same impact on commercial energy efficiency in the United States.This innovation could increase annual energy-...

Posted January 11, 2016    

ARPA-E Funds the Next Wave of Grid-Distributed Energy Integration

NODES program directs $33 million to “transformational grid control technology.”Over the past year, the Department of Energy has been putting an increased focus on technology to integrate renewable energy into everyday grid operations. This work has...

Posted January 6, 2016    

California Net Metering 2.0 Keeps Retail Rates for Rooftop Solar

Regulators won’t let utilities slash payments to solar-equipped customers. But there are changes coming for rooftop systems.California regulators have proposed a future net metering regime that will preserve retail payments for residential rooftop...

Posted December 17, 2015    

Fast-Acting Flexibility at a Premium for a Green-Powered Western Grid

A new report finds 15-minute resources like energy storage and demand response are crucial for balancing wind and solar.The Western U.S. power grid could use a lot more 15-minute energy resources to help it bring more solar and wind power on-line....

Posted November 2, 2015    

Itron's Solar Gateway: Grid Edge Intelligence for the Solar Market

Using flexible, distributed computing to link PV-equipped buildings to the internet of thingsFor the past year or so, smart-meter maker Itron and partner Cisco have been working on a transformative concept for the grid edge -- a single, standards-...

Posted October 26, 2015    

Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

A look at three different proposals to open up the grid edge in the land of deregulationThis summer, Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid...

Posted September 17, 2015    

How Smart Grid and Demand Response Could Fit Into the Clean Power Plan

Pathway to credits for CO2-cutting grid and demand-side tech—and a boost to solar-wind integration enablersLess dirty energy, more clean energy. These are the fundamental drivers of the Clean Power Plan's push to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)...

Posted August 13, 2015    

SoCal Edison Wants New Grid Batteries for 'Just-in-Time' Delivery

California utility issues RFP for plug-and-play storage systems to fill broader range of grid needsSomeday, grid batteries will come in standard packages, ready to be plugged in as fast as utilities can find places and use cases for them. At least,...

Posted August 7, 2015    

PG&E's New Tariff Could 'Gut the PV Opportunity' for the Commercial Sector

The proposed regulation threatens commercial rooftop solar economics in Northern California.If you were wandering the halls of last week’s Intersolar conference in San Francisco, you probably heard a lot of worried, angry talk about something called...

Posted July 29, 2015    

The Reality of Energy Storage Policy Is Different From What Solar-Storage Vendors Expect

Jeff St. John surveys the energy storage policy landscape.California may be the country’s key emerging market for battery-backed distributed solar. But that promise is made up of equal parts opportunity and uncertainty.On the opportunity side, there...

Posted July 23, 2015