Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Grid Modernization represents the single largest transformation of the electric utility post-WWII. Investments in hardware and software in the digital age promise a more resilient and reliable grid poised to serve the U.S. well into the 21st century. In this article, we discuss the primary drivers of Grid Mod efforts, how they vary by utility, and how approaches have evolved over time.…

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DER Aggregation: Bi-Directional Data Flow Disrupting Bulk Power System Model

DER Aggregation: Bi-Directional Data Flow Disrupting Bulk Power System Model

Distributed Energy Resource (DER) advancement is the driver to create significant growth in two-way data flow between DER devices and grid control systems, as well as between DER owners/aggregators and other market actors. Driven by requirements to support greater amounts of renewables, our distribution grids are transforming to accommodate two-way electricity and two-way data flow on the...

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Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Every newly-elected President faces a common struggle: how to turn the many promises made on the campaign trail to various stakeholders into actual governmental action. Following his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump will be no different. In this series of blogs, we’ll consider how President Trump discussed energy policy on the campaign trail, his plans for implementing his vision...

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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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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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Battery Storage: The missing link to mainstream, scalable renewable energy?

Storing energy remains the missing puzzle piece for many renewable energy resources, like solar and wind power.  Without a way to save electricity for later use, when the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing,  intermittent renewable energy will struggle to close price and performance differences with traditional generation sources such as coal and petroleum.   …

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Grading the Grid: What’s the true renewable tipping point?

If you were to plot U.S. renewable energy usage somewhere on the innovation adoption lifecycle, we’d still fall somewhere between the “Innovator” and “Early Adopter” phase. But with the cost of renewable energy dropping and the number of business and consumer distributed generation installations rising, a renewables-majority isn’t far off. For utilities, an operational change will be...

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