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The Age of the Prosumer

February 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Electricity consumers are transforming into prosumers capable of production as well as consumption. A prosumer can generate kilowatts in the form of rooftop solar or create negawatts in the form of participation in a demand response or EV smart charging program. That’s why for utilities, this is the Age of the Prosumer.[read more]

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Software: The Arrow in the Quiver for Energy Storage?

February 19, 2015 by Scott Burger
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Software and Energy Storage

Competition in the energy storage technology space is heating up as costs fall and utilities seek innovative solutions to their challenges. However, determining the business case for energy storage is still a challenging proposition. Energy storage software providers believe they are the key.[read more]

How Long Until Tech Firms Have More Home Energy Data Than Utilities Do?

February 18, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Utilities could face a “use it or lose it” dilemma with their data. Utilities have a lock on the energy data coming from their customers -- at least for now. But if they don’t start putting that data to use soon, they may find that they’ve been overtaken by tech firms.[read more]

Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants

February 10, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon
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European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient capacity given their renewable energy resources, that is, by installing wind turbines in windier countries and solar power plants in sunnier places.[read more]

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How to Regulate the Electricity Distribution Utility of the Future

February 3, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Future Utilities and Regulation

Regulators need new and more effective tools that will allow them to manage greater uncertainty and incentivize electricity distribution utilities to both accommodate distributed energy resources and take advantage of the capabilities these new technologies provide.[read more]

Modeling a Distribution Network: How Oncor's "Reality Check" Improves Reliability

February 3, 2015 by Chris King

Oncor and Distribution Reliability

Few utilities have a larger or more complex distribution network than Oncor Electric Delivery -- serving more than 7 million Texans, with over 102,000 miles of distribution lines. To help ensure that power keeps flowing, Oncor has created a detailed, dynamic, near-real-time model of its entire distribution network.[read more]

AC/DC: In the New Current Wars, Will Edison Win Out After All?

February 3, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Electrical Current Standards

In the late 1800s the “War of Currents” pitted Alternating Current (AC) power against Direct Current (DC) power. In the end, the capability of AC power to run at high voltage from large central generating stations made AC the victor. But two substantial changes could signal a return to the war of currents.[read more]

The Future of Electricity: High Level of Investment Needed Across the Board

February 2, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Electricity and Investment Need

 

The electricity sector and its incumbent electricity companies are undergoing an unprecedented, challenging but nevertheless critical transformation – a transition towards a more climate-resilient, less carbon-intensive power system which ends up “closer to the customer."[read more]

Mexico Issues Clean Technologies and Fuels Strategy, Including for Wind Energy

February 2, 2015 by Justin Miller
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The core of Mexico's Transition Strategy is its enumeration of a series of recommendations for Mexico to increase the use of cleaner technologies and fuels, including energy savings in buildings, industry and transport, bioenergy, wind energy, solar energy, and geothermal energy, and more.[read more]

Energy Data Privacy Risks: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

January 27, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Wednesday is Data Privacy Day in the USA, and it should receive heightened awareness after the recent Sony Pictures cyberattack. While media attention focused on cybersecurity weaknesses, privacy is the natural consequence of good cybersecurity. Security is a strategy that ensures a privacy outcome.[read more]

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

January 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.[read more]

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

January 24, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.[read more]

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

January 22, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Ask a grid engineer in HI or GER about his work, and you’re in for an earful. Policymakers would be smart to listen. While discussions of voltage regulation or “transient stability” can sound technical, voltage stability in the distribution network is essential to taking advantage of distributed energy resources.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

Four Terms Every Utility Executive Must Know

January 20, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Jargon is a fact of life in any business sector, and as the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, I assure you its quite prolific in the Smart Grid sector. Jargon has a beneficial purpose. It is useful referential shorthand that encapsulates complex topics in minimalist terms.[read more]