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Tucked into the annual report from environmental think tank Rocky Mountain Institute is a critical assessment of the current utility model, along with what the organization sees as the things that must change. It’s a good opportunity to take a look at the future environmentalists envision for the industry.
The price of wind energy continues to drop, and while the production tax credit may still be an important factor in wind power development that falling price could dampen enthusiasm for renewing it. Conway Irwin of Breaking Energy explains.
Grid-scale energy storage is making progress, as readers know from recent news about the California energy storage mandate and other developments. So it seems like a good time to share a quick summary of other activity in the storage sector and who is involved.
Silver Spring Networks is working on an intelligent street lighting project in Denmark and Opower has signed a business partnership with Tokyo area utility TEPCO. This week’s smart grid wins also include plenty of domestic projects, honors and awards, funding news and more.
The electric power industry has had the ability to implement conservation voltage reduction (CVR) and other similar technologies for some time, but little motivation to do it. Click inside for details on one CVR technology and the incentive that has made it an attractive proposition for several TVA utilities that now use it.
National Grid has opened the doors of New England's first-of-its-kind Sustainability Hub along Main Street in Worcester, Mass. The hub provides hands-on education about energy efficiency and emerging energy technologies to help people save energy.
While many people probably still consider DNV KEMA a testing company, it has successfully grown far beyond that boundary into smart grid systems integration and consulting. That, coupled with parent company DNV’s recent merger with GL, is why we think it might be time to make room in the sector’s Big Three list for a fourth major player.
California and New York expect big enough increases in EV sales that their utilities are already preparing for it. Now, those two states and six others are collaborating on measures to make EV ownership easier. Among those measures are more charging stations at workplaces and multifamily residences. Utilities in the six additional states: is your game plan ready?
Utilities are often told that taking a “wait and see” approach to the drastic changes coming in the energy industry just isn’t sustainable strategy. Click inside to find out how utilities serving two European cities have written themselves a major role in initiatives to ‘customize’ electric service.
As EV adoption grows and adds stress to the electric grid, a major policy question moves closer to the front burner. Should utilities be allowed to adjust and accommodate that growth on their own, or should policies be implemented now to promote smart charging and help ensure a reliable energy future?
The microgrid market is expected to grow substantially in the next several years as acceptance spreads, with at least a little help from some high-profile opinion leaders. It’s a good time for utilities to have one eye on the horizon and the other on their revenues.
Yes, smart water is big in Europe, and possibly big enough that the region could be the first to reach the tipping point in the sector. A European Union initiative is beginning the first of many large smart water projects in Caceres, Spain. Get details on the project and its anticipated benefits inside.
Remember the Smart Grid Investment Grant program? A new report from DOE provides updates on project expenditures, technology and systems installations and more on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded program.
While it still has its share of critics, demand response is growing as the electric industry continues its search for improved energy efficiency. In his essay, Ben Paulos of America’s Power Plan examines the current status of demand response, and also assesses its potential to help bring about an improved energy future.
The “all-of-the-above” energy policy now so popular with both Democrats and Republicans may be a rare example of bipartisanship, but it could be a dangerous and very expensive strategy for utilities to follow. Read the story to find out why.
Utilities in the midst of smart grid upgrades may be tired of being scolded for not doing enough to ensure adequate security. But as the adjoining story on regulation also points out, if utilities don’t take action they risk winding up with mandates from someone else – mandates they almost certainly won’t like.
GE has released a report outlining real nuts and bolts recommendations for improving the current regulatory model. It’s good to see the global giant throwing its weight behind a performance-based model so many have been advocating for so long.
This week’s smart grid wins feature a variety of projects and developments. But don’t miss the news about a new partnership with Accenture and Siemens, Landis+Gyr’s AMI company of the year award or the recipients of recent DOE grants for power electronics and microgrid training.
Energy storage projects could be looking a lot more attractive for commercial and industrial companies now that an energy storage provider has worked out a way for those companies to adopt its system with no upfront costs. Sound interesting? Get the details inside.
While there is hope in California for a net metering compromise, neighboring Arizona is not so fortunate. Instead, the debate there has escalated into a heated battle, complete with all the trappings of a hotly contested election campaign.