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The Connected Home: Reaching Critical Mass for the Grid?

May 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Home Automation and Energy Savings

After a decade or more of false starts and unrealistic expectations, “connected home” technology is finally gaining enough market share for vendors to start bragging about the numbers.[read more]

Which Technologies Will Make New York's Energy Vision a Reality?

May 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Planning New York's Energy Future

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a bold new model of the electrical utility system and energy markets called Reforming the Energy Vision to eliminate electricity peaks in summer and better value efficiency and distributed resources at the grid edge.[read more]

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

May 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Microgrids, Coast to Coast

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm.[read more]

Average Size of New Commercial Buildings in United States Continues to Grow

May 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Building Size

Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade. Information about the commercial building stock in 2012 is now being released, and energy-use information is expected later this year.[read more]

How Can We Use Intelligent Efficiency to Reduce Power Sector Emissions?

May 16, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Efficiency and Emissions Reduction

Nobody likes waste. And yet when we produce, distribute and use electricity, we’re wasting up to two-thirds of the energy. Although we can’t eliminate all of these losses, we could reduce waste and increase reliability through “intelligent efficiency.”[read more]

How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

May 16, 2015 by Jeff St. John

New York Microgrid Impacts

Two weeks ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first five winners of the New York Prize Community Microgrid Competition. The five feasibility study grants of $100,000 apiece are among 30 to be named over the coming months.[read more]

Energy News: With Powerwall, Musk Makes Energy Storage Cool

May 14, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Tesla's Powerwall and Energy News

The Tesla announcement brought two new and important things to the table: enthusiasm and relentless, wall-to-wall coverage of advanced energy technologies. One YouTube video of the announcement has nearly 2 million views in a week.[read more]

Why Multi-Purpose Networks Are a Must for Today's Smart Meter Winners

May 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Smart Meter Winners

The days of smart meter networks that only use one communication technology to do only one thing are now behind us. At least, that is one conclusion to draw from several large-scale smart meter contracts that were recently awarded in the past few weeks.[read more]

Demand Response Markets in Europe Begin to Blossom

May 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Demand Response in Europe

The opportunities for demand response in Europe are growing - and REstore is raising money to grow with them. On Thursday, the Antwerp, Belgium-based startup announced a €7 million ($7.5 million) Series C capital round, to expand operations from its home country and the U.K. to France and Germany.[read more]

Is the U.S. Market Ready for Distributed Batteries Like Tesla's Powerwall? [PODCAST]

May 11, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Tesla and Distributed Battery Markets

Tesla’s new stationary storage units have everyone talking about distributed batteries. But is the U.S. market ready for them? This week, we’ll talk about what needs to happen on a regulatory level to take distributed storage beyond the hype.[read more]

Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Goes Wholesale

May 10, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Energy Storage Development

Startups have put together battery and power electronics packages, control hardware and software, financing and performance guarantees, and other aspects of the business under one roof -- and there's no real way for customers to mix and match different pieces of those offerings from different vendors.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Smart Grid Data Management Analytics

May 9, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Smart Grid and Data Technology

Smart grid communications networks include software and hardware that enable the collection of data from and communication between smart grid technologies, including advanced metering infrastructure. Smart grid software and hardware technologies allow utilities to collect vast amounts of real-time data.[read more]

Storage Not Needed to Accommodate Higher Levels of Wind Energy

May 8, 2015 by Michael Goggin
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Wind Energy and Storage

Recently, energy storage has been in the news. Contrary to a common misconception, very high levels of wind energy can be reliably integrated without energy storage. Energy storage is typically more expensive than grid operating reforms, which can provide the same flexibility services that storage provides.[read more]

Innovations Transform Residential Energy Use

May 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Home Energy Use and Savings

Today’s consumers have more tools at their disposal than ever for reducing consumption, managing energy, and generating power. New residential-focused technologies, cost reductions, and business models are creating opportunities for advanced energy companies while saving money for homeowners.[read more]

U.S. Supreme Court Breathes New Life into FERC Order 745, Demand Response

May 8, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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FERC Order Supreme Court Review

You’ve probably heard the saying “life is a journey,” but this could not be more true for EPSA v. FERC, the landmark demand response case clean energy experts have been eyeing for more than a year as it’s made its way through the United States legal system.[read more]