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

RWE is building distributed energy tech at home and looking to Silicon Valley for new ideas.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...

Posted July 6, 2015    

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

UC Berkeley research finds that well-placed PV is yielding big savings on PG&E’s distribution grid.For years now, solar advocates and opponents have argued over the merits of various studies about the relative costs and benefits of...

Posted July 1, 2015    

The Connected Home: Reaching Critical Mass for the Grid?

Home security and automation could be the back door for mass-market residential energy intelligence. After a decade or more of false starts and unrealistic expectations, “connected home” technology is finally gaining enough market share for...

Posted May 22, 2015    

Powerit: Don't Buy a Battery Until You've Tapped 'Virtual Storage'

Demand management handily beats batteries on cost-per-kilowatt figures—but it’s more complicated than that.Tesla got a lot of attention last week for its new batteries for solar-equipped homes. But there’s an even bigger business opportunity for...

Posted May 17, 2015    

How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

Power Analytics describes its plan to map power flows and build market values for distributed energy and resiliency.Two weeks ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first five winners of the NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition. The five...

Posted May 16, 2015    

How EnerNOC Is Building Tesla's Batteries Into Its Demand Response Plans

Energy storage, like solar, is in EnerNOC’s future—but how soon will it add to revenues?Tesla’s battery business isn’t just about putting Powerwall units into solar-roofed homes. Commercial and industrial (C&I) customers pay a lot more attention...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Why Multi-Purpose Networks Are a Must for Today's Smart Meter Winners

A few new deals for smart meter companies illustrate how the business is evolving.The days of smart meter networks that use one communication technology to do one thing are behind us. At least, that’s one conclusion to draw from several large-scale...

Posted May 13, 2015    

Demand Response Markets in Europe Begin to Blossom

REstore raises $7.5M to serve new markets in the U.K., France and possibly Germany.The opportunities for demand response in Europe are growing -- and REstore is raising money to grow with them.On Thursday, the Antwerp, Belgium-based startup...

Posted May 12, 2015    

Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Goes Wholesale

Gexpro, LG Chem, Ideal Power and Geli launch commercial building batteries as a package.To date, the short history of behind-the-meter energy storage systems for commercial buildings has been one of brand names and wraparound services. Startups like...

Posted May 10, 2015    

How Tesla's Energy Storage Play Could Take Flight - or Flop

Tesla’s home batteries are much cheaper than most predicted. But how they’ll make money is the big question.Now that Tesla is finally lifting the curtain on its energy storage ambitions, let’s take a look at the challenges that the electric-vehicle...

Posted May 4, 2015    

California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

Flattened tiers, minimum bills and time-of-use pricing are coming.This week, California utility regulators issued a long-awaited proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor...

Posted April 30, 2015    

NSA Spying Scandal Sparks a New European Smart Home Platform to Protect Privacy

How data security tensions play into the approaches that Cisco, ABB and Bosch are taking to cloud-connected home automationIn Germany, a country considering broad new regulations to prevent citizens’ data from being passed through U.S.-based servers...

Posted April 29, 2015