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New York Calls for Utilities to Accelerate Distributed Energy With New Platforms and Partners

Three important steps that will help make REV a realitySo far, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative has been a bold vision for how the state's power system will be transformed, albeit one with a murky timeframe.On Thursday, more details...

Posted March 5, 2015    

Consumers Hungry for Bundled Energy Services, Survey Finds

Smart energy services in the home are already wrapped up with home security settings. Intelligent light bulbs and smart thermostats are standard offerings as part of smart home packages, which are led by security.But people are ready for more, much...

Posted March 1, 2015    

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

NY Green Bank and Citi put up $100 million to find out.Property-assessed clean energy loans for homes rebounded in a big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in 2015, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new...

Posted February 27, 2015    

Will the EPA's Carbon Rule Hurt the Grid?

Analysts disagree about the impact of the EPA climate plan on electric reliability.The reliability of the electric grid could be compromised if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30...

Posted February 25, 2015    

How Do You Know Your Solar Panels Are Working Correctly? You Probably Don't

A new study finds that real-time data doesn’t always uncover issues with PV systems.As Brewster McCracken and his team at Pecan Street Research Institute were gathering solar photovoltaic data from houses in their ongoing research, they were...

Posted February 21, 2015    

Can the Electric Utility Industry Support Both Solar Energy and Fossil Fuels?

“Rooftop solar customers still rely on the grid and its services around the clock”When David Owens, EVP of business operations group and regulatory affairs for the Edison Electric Institute, briefed Wall Street on Wednesday, he was clear in his...

Posted February 20, 2015    

5 Questions to Ask When Deciding Between a Commercial Solar Loan and a PPA

Businesses are facing an increasingly complex landscape for installing solar. While the residential market has recently been dominated by third-party financing, the commercial sector has been more evenly split between power-purchase agreements and...

Posted February 15, 2015    

Exelon-Pepco Merger Could Hinder DC's Renewable and Efficiency Goals, Study Suggests

Will Exelon allow its regulated utilities to rise to the distributed energy future?If Exelon Corporation is allowed to acquire Pepco Holdings (for more than $6 billion), it will threaten Pepco ratepayers and the energy sustainability goals of...

Posted January 28, 2015    

4 Things to Watch For in the 2015 Energy Storage Market

The real drama isn’t in California.The energy storage market really began to heat up in 2014, but 2015 promises a faster pace and bigger scale, according to Ravi Manghani, senior energy storage analyst with GTM Research. Here's what to keep an eye...

Posted January 27, 2015    

Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair

Wellinghoff expresses confidence that demand response will get its day in court and be vindicated.Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S....

Posted January 26, 2015    

CES Sells Consumers on the Effortlessly Automated Smart Home

Energy savings are in there somewhere.Amidst the bedazzled wearable tech and the gamified toothbrushes, the intelligent, connected house was a top draw at this year’s International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.The evolution of the past few...

Posted January 17, 2015    

UK Capacity Market Accused of Being a New Fossil-Fuel Subsidy

A lone advocate asserts that demand response is getting a raw deal in the U.K.The United Kingdom’s new capacity market is meant to lower electricity prices by encouraging competition and new generation. But it will actually do just the opposite,...

Posted January 15, 2015