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Solar's Value for Grid Circuits: Not Much on Average, but Huge for a Handful

July 1, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar and the Grid

Solar advocates and opponents have argued over the merits of various studies about the relative costs and benefits of distributed solar PV. Different studies have reached different results -- so different that the Rocky Mountain Institute wrote an entire report just to compare and contrast 16 of them.[read more]

The Story of Demand Response

April 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response History

It’s a cost-effective energy resource that pays customers to use less energy. Few people even know exists, but it invisibly impacts the life of so many Americans. It’s a clean energy resource that embodies precisely what electricity can and should be: cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient than traditional fuel sources.[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]

How Nanotechnologies Will Disrupt the Electrical Grid

April 8, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

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]

The New (and Improved) Electric Grid in California

March 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

California Electric Grid


During the day, California routinely gets more than 15 percent of its power needs from solar energy, which produces no harmful air pollution. That's enormously helpful for our environment and public health. It also means that the people who operate the grid don't need to find as much electricity elsewhere.[read more]

Big Step Taken Toward a More Coordinated Grid

November 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Grid Modernization

On November 1, 2014 the move toward a more coordinated Western U.S. grid took an extremely important step forward when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and PacifiCorp (a utility in the Berkshire-Hathaway Energy family) launched a six-state Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).[read more]

Utility 2.0: New York Electricity Market Should Allow Third Parties to Compete

September 11, 2014 by John Finnigan

New York Electric Grid Development

The New York Public Service Commission has embarked on the landmark Reforming Energy Vision proceeding to design a new business model for electric utilities. Today’s business model allows utilities to earn revenues based on how much money they spend to supply and deliver electricity.[read more]

How New York Plans to Revolutionize the Electricity Utility

September 10, 2014 by Dan Cross-Call

New York State took a big step forward in what is arguably the most ambitious initiative to define the future of the electricity grid. The regulatory staff at the state’s Department of Public Service reached a major milestone in its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, releasing the Track One Staff Straw Proposal.[read more]

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

August 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Utilities and Distributed Generation


United States utilities see both threat and opportunity in the rise of customer-owned solar systems. Sure, all that new distributed generation could help them avoid building new power plants in the future. But it could also threaten utility business models.[read more]

Learn to Explain the Basics of the Power Grid

August 1, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Basics of the Grid

If someone asked you to explain how electricity gets from the power plant to your home, would you be able to answer? Don’t worry. Very few people actually understand the logistics of this modern-day luxury, but with a quick scan of the basics, you’ll be able to impress![read more]

Electrical Grid and Africa: A Perspective on What's Missing

July 4, 2013 by Yael Borofsky

With the announcement of the Obama administration’s Power Africa initiative, the President shifted the universal electricity access dialogue from one focused on small scale interventions to wide reaching, reliable, clean power systems.[read more]

A Marshall Plan to Build a Smart Grid -- in China

September 18, 2011 by James Greenberger

There is a deal to be cut here. It is time to put substance into the Framework for Ten Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment signed by President Obama and President Hu in November 2009. The government of China should contract with the U.S. power industry, coordinated through the U.S. Department of Energy, to build a complete smart grid in China. This would be no less than a Marshall Plan to build a 21st Century smart power grid in China.[read more]

Future Storm Damage To The Grid May Carry Unacceptable Costs

April 30, 2011 by Charles Barton

Yesterday I pointed out the extent of tornado damage to the south east, and the effect of that damage on economic activities in effected communities. The absence of electricity effects search and rescue operations as well as recovery efforts. In addition basic services, hospitals, schools may not be able to function, grocery stores are...[read more]


Smart Grid -- Let’s Get Horizontal!

April 4, 2011 by Anto Budiardjo

How the energy information age will change how we use powerGetting horizontal implies that today, something is vertical. So, what exactly does it mean to be vertical? Simply put, a “vertical” is the mechanism by which we focus segments of our business and related sales efforts. It is comprised of people who think alike, address common...[read more]

Closing the Energy Innovation Gap

March 2, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

One of the many benefits of living in Silicon Valley is the proximity to innovation – game changing technologies or service models, creative people, and exciting new businesses.  Some people call it the world capital for innovation, which is an exaggeration, but not by much.  I’m an Executive in Residence at a technology...[read more]