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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]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Advanced Metering Infrastructure

March 20, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Advanced Energy and Metering Technology

Smart meters, a device that records consumption of electricity and communicates this information, are the central component of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the broader infrastructure that allows the utility to communicate, enabling new products and services as part of the “smart grid.”[read more]

Rethink the Grid: Personal Power Stations

March 20, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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“Get big or get out!” Those were the famous, and controversial, words of Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture in the seventies. Considering the combination of renewable technology and battery storage, a new popular mantra may emerge: get small and be free.[read more]

What Energy Harvesting Means to Smart Grid and M2M Sectors

March 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

New terms and jargon sometimes appear over time. “Sustainable” is one example. From a shorthand description of smart, long term practices applied to fisheries and agriculture, the term, and its conceptual basis, is now migrating into electronic component power technologies and designs.[read more]

Solar City Launches Microgrid Product with Energy Storage

March 17, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Solar City, Microgrids, and Storage

US solar giant SolarCity recently announced the launch of a microgrid product with built in energy storage capability. SolarCity is going after the commercial market, targeting municipalities, which is a segment the company views as underserved.[read more]

California's Demand Response 2.0 Creates New Competitive Markets

March 16, 2015 by Jeff St. John

We covered how California utility regulators and grid operators are rewriting the rules for demand response, the practice of reducing energy use in homes and businesses to meet grid needs. Now the fruits of these efforts are emerging: two proposals would radically change the way demand response works in the state.[read more]

Can Solar be the Backbone of India's Energy System by 2035?

March 12, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Around 70% of India’s power comes from coal, less than 1% from solar. Will that change in the next 20 years? Can solar become the new backbone of the Indian energy system? I think there is a good possibility that it will. In this post I present a thought experiment.[read more]

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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]

Can China Create a Demand Response Industry From Scratch?

March 11, 2015 by Jeff St. John

China and Demand Response

China may be the world’s biggest emerging market for renewable energy and smart grid technology. But to date, it has lagged behind North America and Europe on implementing another important technology to manage its electric grid: demand response. But that’s starting to change.[read more]

How Utilities Can Build Expertise with the Five V's of Data

March 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

There’s been a significant amount of hype about the Smart Grid’s four Vs of data – volume, velocity, variety, and veracity. But there’s a missing element to these discussions, and that’s the fifth V – the value of data. In the Age of the Prosumer, the value of data has profound implications for the utility sector.[read more]

What the Water Sector Could Learn from the Electric Side

March 7, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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Water Waste and Energy Efficiency

We know smart water meters are a critical component to better understanding our water use, but smart meters are only one part of the equation. What we really need is a smart water system. A more intelligent system could help people better understand their use and how to adjust behavior accordingly.[read more]

Why Utilities are Forcing You to Install a Smart Meter

March 7, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia
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You can run from them, but you can’t hide. Smart meters are on track to become the next big necessity for both residential and commercial energy users. Navigant Research forecasts the economic opportunity from these state-of-the-art devices will reach about $57 billion worldwide in the next 10 years.[read more]