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A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

April 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Legislation

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability.[read more]

It's Not Magic, It's Voltage Optimization

April 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Voltage Optimization

Imagine homeowners and businesses saving millions of dollars – and cutting pollution – without needing to do anything. Magic? No, but it does require electric utilities to take advantage of new technologies that better provide customers with just the right amount of voltage to their electrical outlets.[read more]

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

April 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

EV Chargers and Infrastructure Expansion

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 better balance than it is today. So say companies trying to develop technology and business models around EV charging.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Pacto Eléctrico Seeks to Bring Reliable Power to Dominican Republic but Questions Remain

April 16, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

In the Dominican Republic during the day you might not even realize the power is out until you hear diesel generators around the neighborhood start to kick in. When it goes out at night you sweat, the only respite from the thick Caribbean heat often being nothing more than a small electric fan.[read more]

Mobilizing Public and Private Investments for New and Renewable Energy Projects

April 15, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

The energy market in the United States is currently undergoing a very dramatic transformation, a transformation driven by technological advancement, market dynamics, and better policies and laws—none of which was possible even a decade ago.[read more]

How Nanotechnologies Will Disrupt the Electrical Grid

April 8, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Graphene has exciting application potential in energy harvesting, energy storage, and even energy consumption, specifically reductions in waste heat. It’s a rapidly innovating area of materials science research that will be the foundation for disruptive technologies integrated into the electric grid.[read more]

Time-Variant Pricing in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision

April 7, 2015 by Brad Townsend

Energy Pricing in New York's Energy Future

 

In conjunction with the Environmental Defense Fund, OurEnergyPolicy.org (OEP) hosted an expert discussion in support of the March 31st event, “On the REV Agenda: The Role of Time-Variant Pricing.” This post is a snapshot of the perspectives offered by OEP’s diverse group of vetted expert commenters.[read more]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: The Utility of the Future

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Planning the Utility of the Future

The electricity sector has been abuzz with talk of “disruptive challenges,” “transformational changes,” and “reforming the energy vision.” In this #EnergyChat Webinar, we chatted with experts about the technologies, new business models, and regulatory reforms transforming the electric utility sector.[read more]

Finding the Hidden Cyber Threats in the Power Grid

April 6, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Grid Cybersecurity Risk Assessment

Today’s utility cyber environment is awash with potential threats, ranging from customer credit-card theft attempts like those that struck Target and Home Depot, to potential grid-damaging malware like the BlackEnergy variant found to have infiltrated U.S. grid control systems last year.[read more]

New York to Build World's Most Powerful Smart Energy Lab

April 5, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The New York Power Authority and SUNY Polytechnic Institute will partner to build the world’s largest research and development facility focused on energy technology innovation. The facility will have more computing capability than other existing energy labs.[read more]

Power Grid of the Future: Distributed Generation Led by a 'Civic' Energy Sector

March 30, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Future Grid Planning

“What would our energy system look like if the move to a low-carbon society wasn’t left to governments and big energy companies but was instead led by civil society?” asks Dr. Stephen Hall, a Research Fellow in energy economics and policy at the University of Leeds, UK.[read more]

Emerging Technologies Can Pave the Way for Time-Variant Electricity Pricing

March 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Variable Electricity Pricing and Tech

The amount of energy we use at any given time is constantly changing. Lights are switched on and off by time of day, appliances operate based on the season. In order to meet our dynamic energy demands, our system has to have the infrastructure and resources in place to respond when needed.[read more]

Big Data Increasing Power Generation Reliability and Saving Money, GE Says

March 23, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Big Data and Energy Reliability

Recently GE announced its ‘predictive maintenance’ program driven by operational data from the company’s global fleet of more than 1,500 gas turbines helped decrease power plant downtime and saved customers an estimated $70 million in 2014.[read more]

New York's 'Reforming the Energy Vision' Just Got a Little Bit Clearer

March 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

Nearly a year ago, the New York Public Service Commission initiated a groundbreaking effort to overhaul the longstanding electric utility business model. In the months since starting, the Commission has sought advice, quietly refining its vision while largely refraining from big pronouncements about the proceeding.[read more]