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renewables and utilities

DG Solar: How Utilities Can Create Shareholder Value

April 13, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

The grid has not changed that much in decades and the need for more renewable generating capacity is a given. At least among reasonable adults. So we have to design a new system that either wholly accommodates a two way transfer of energy and/or embraces distributed generation.[read more]

Report: 'Load Defection' from Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries is Already Here

April 10, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Change is coming. Are utilities ready?

Forget the threat of solar and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to grid-connected customers installing ever-cheaper solar and energy storage technologies is “load defection” -- and that future will come no matter what.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans

Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

Wisconsin: The Latest Solar Energy Battleground

October 15, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

You might not expect Wisconsin, a state with just a few hundred solar installations, to become the next solar battleground. But utility We Energies is attempting an attack on solar — and on all its electric customers — so extreme that it’s making headlines around the country.[read more]

7 Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer

July 5, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Summer Water Savings

Prolonged drought is one of the hallmarks of a warming climate. Texas has been in the grips of widespread drought since late 2010; California, where my daughters used to live, is in its third year of drought, with 100 percent of the state experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions.[read more]

How Utilities Can Stop Losing Revenue and Start Making Money on Solar Energy

May 21, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Utilities, Solar, and Profits

While some people may talk about the necessity and importance of developing new utility business models, solar energy finance and installation leaders are actually making it happen right now taking action, like forging partnerships with retail electricity providers.[read more]