Project Spotlight: ConnectTheGrid Technical Screening Module

Project Spotlight: ConnectTheGrid Technical Screening Module

Intro to Distributed Generation and ConnectTheGridTM This month, Tesla started taking orders for their new Solar Roof product: individual solar panels as a replacement for your roof’s shingles. This product, along with traditional roof-mounted solar panels and other forms of small-scale power generation like wind turbine systems, are referred to as distributed generation – decentralized...

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National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

With a change in administration in Washington, and a Republican in the White House, and the same party controlling Congress, one might expect drastic changes in federal energy policy. However, let’s look at the facts. States are leading the energy debate, by pursuing their own aggressive strategies to promote clean and distributed energy resource use and encouraging policies to support a...

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Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

A recent report from the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation found that as of the end of 2015, over 65 million smart meters have now been deployed in the US, accounting for more than 50% of all households. Through ongoing deployment efforts across the country, that number will to grow to 70 million by the end of 2016 (including over 1 million more alone deployed by ComEd in the...

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A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

California is a national leader in progressively addressing the energy and environmental issues of our time. The state is home to nearly half of the country’s solar photovoltaic capacity, half of the nation’s plug-in electric vehicles, and has more energy storage capacity than any other state. A quarter of the state’s retail electricity sales are from renewable energy resources, and this...

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Perspectives from the ADS National Town Meeting

Last week I attended the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid’s (ADS) National Town Meeting in Washington, D.C. The conference is an annual gathering of utilities, regulators, independent system operators and various other stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding demand response (DR) programs at the utility level. The discussions ranged from how electric...

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Anticipating Lots of DERs Discussions At Next Week’s Regulatory Conference

Next Monday kicks off the annual Center for Public Utilities’ “Current Issues” conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The conference is an opportunity for those energy and utilities professionals who are engaged in regulatory policies to engage through a series of panel discussions and interactions with industry leaders and Commissioners. I will be in attendance once again and particularly interested to...

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