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Skin in the Game: New Case Studies Illuminate Best Practices for DER Ownership and Operation

September 23, 2015 by America's Power Plan

DER Management

A new report from America's Power Plan investigates the question, "who should own and operate distributed energy resources?" It turns out there there are many options for who can own and operate DERs—and any of them can work, as long as the revenue streams are designed or adjusted appropriately.[read more]

Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

September 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Texas and Resource Decisions and Policy

Over the course of this summer, the Republic of Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid-scale aggregation of rooftop customer-sited generators.[read more]

Alaska Increases Wind Power Capacity in Utility - and Distributed-Scale Projects

September 2, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Alaska and New Energy

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators.[read more]


Interoperability and Distributed Intelligence: OMNETRIC Group's Project with U.S. Energy Department's NREL

August 31, 2015 by Wade Malcolm

Grid Development and Energy Partnerships

To better operate an increasingly complex and crowded grid, greater interoperability across disparate devices and systems is needed. For greater responsiveness, more decisions need to be made at the edge, which is only possible if there is more intelligence in the distribution network.[read more]

The DOE's Loan Program Office Needs to Help Manufacturers and Consumers

August 31, 2015 by James Greenberger

On March 6 of this year I wrote in this column about the need for the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (LPO) to assist distributed energy projects, including distributed energy storage projects, rather than dedicate all its financial resources to energy megaprojects.[read more]

The Energy Gang Chats With Senator Angus King on Distributed Energy: "This Is Where the Future Is Going" [PODCAST]

August 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

If there’s any concept that can cut through politics of distributed energy, it’s “personal energy independence.” Some utilities may not like the idea, but many supporters believe it’s a helpful way to frame policies supporting solar, storage and microgrids, both nationally and locally.[read more]

Managing the Rise of Distributed Energy: Emerging Utility Trends

August 21, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

Distributed Energy Management

Much has been written regarding the conventional utility’s “death spiral.” America’s power generation utilities have become increasingly fearful that a significant majority of their customers will generate their own electricity through innovative distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar.[read more]

California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

July 13, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California and State Energy Policy

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy.[read more]

How Germany's Second-Biggest Utility Is Adapting to a Distributed Energy World

July 6, 2015 by Jeff St. John

German Utility Adaptation

German utility RWE is a victim of the so-called “utility death spiral,” with its central-power-plant-reliant business losing billions of dollars in Germany’s renewables-rich energy market. But distributed energy technologies and business models could help turn its fortunes around.[read more]

Major Steps Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in New York, California

April 2, 2015 by Ryan Katofsky

State Electrical System Reform

Now well into 2015, momentum is building around the country to create a 21st Century electricity system. Progress is being made on the regulatory front and with implementation, as various states move to modernize their grids, update their regulatory frameworks, and address future challenges.[read more]

Distributed Home Energy Systems: Fast Approaching Break-Even

March 18, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Home Energy Systems

Interest in distributed renewable generation and home energy systems continues to intensify. Although there are many configurations for home energy systems, we have looked at a system including photovoltaic power generation, battery energy storage, electric vehicles and a control system with load control.[read more]

New York Calls for Utilities to Accelerate Distributed Energy With New Platforms and Partners

March 5, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative has been a bold vision for how a power system will be transformed, albeit one with a murky timeframe. More details emerged about how New York will go from its current structure to one where distribution utilities are platform providers for a distributed energy system.[read more]


How to Regulate the Electricity Distribution Utility of the Future

February 4, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Future Utilities and Regulation

Regulators need new and more effective tools that will allow them to manage greater uncertainty and incentivize electricity distribution utilities to both accommodate distributed energy resources and take advantage of the capabilities these new technologies provide.[read more]

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

January 22, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Ask a grid engineer in HI or GER about his work, and you’re in for an earful. Policymakers would be smart to listen. While discussions of voltage regulation or “transient stability” can sound technical, voltage stability in the distribution network is essential to taking advantage of distributed energy resources.[read more]

A Bipartisan Group Of Senators Is Pushing For Distributed Wind: Here's Why It Matters

January 1, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk

A group of Senators recently urged the U.S. Department of Energy to continue funding programs for the domestic distributed wind energy industry. The bipartisan group, led by Senator Al Franken, wrote a letter highlighting the clear potential for distributed wind power.[read more]