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The essential next step for distributed energy (a transparent market that includes end users)

Distributed energy resources (DER) are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in places like California and the Northeast. And growth will continue. But what now? Guest author Alicia Abrams outlines why and how a transparent and flexible energy market would leverage the very real potential of those energy resources.  More >>


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Get our latest infographic: How to make your smart grid even smarter

We can’t predict with certainty what the smart grid of tomorrow will look like. But we can identify the trends that are most likely to shape it and act accordingly. A new infographic from Elster Solutions highlights the top 10 trends most likely to change today’s smart grid, and it’s available now as a free download.  More >>
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Texas is forcing utilities to give home energy monitors to the poor

Texas regulators want utilities to provide low-income customers with ways to reduce their energy bills. Most observers take that to mean smart thermostats or home energy monitors. But home energy monitors have never gone over well with the public. Isn’t there a better use of the money allocated to help the state’s low income customers? Click for more details on the issue.  More >>
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Smart grid wins: Checking in with the latest projects and developments

This week’s collection of smart grid wins features news from companies large and small, well-known and not so well-known. Read the story for an overview of an array of projects in addition to two new partnerships for Riello UPS and Itron.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, building energy efficiency, renewable energy, New York City

NYC embarks on massive public building energy efficiency initiative

New York City is at it again. The city has committed to a massive retrofit of the city’s public buildings to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. The city says it expects $8.5 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over 10 years.  More >>
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New evidence that solar progress is accelerating

Utility executives who think solar won’t be cost-competitive in their area anytime soon may choose to re-think that assumption. Three new reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory confirm that the price of electricity from large-scale solar projects has dropped dramatically over the past few years, and so has the cost of rooftop solar installations.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed energy resources, EPRI, smart grid demonstration projects

Lessons from the field: Progress in integrating distributed energy (and creating virtual power plants)

The EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative, a seven-year program of field demonstrations concentrating on integrating distributed energy resources, has been making real progress. Click to read some highlights from the latest EPRI update and for access to the full version.   More >>
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Smart cities disconnect? Survey finds most in U.S. don't know the term

In a way, the smart cities initiative is repeating smart grid history. A recent survey found that very few people had heard the term smart cities. While roughly half of electricity customers are aware of the term smart grid, it has taken considerable time and effort to get to that point. Cities that want to become “smart” face a similar challenge.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, production tax credits, policy and regulation, electric utilities

The march to renewables: Congress may extend and expand tax credits

A bill recently introduced in Congress would extend the production tax credit for wind power and provide the solar industry with the same access to credits at the beginning of project construction. Electric utilities will want to keep an eye on this one because it could affect their plans for future grid upgrades. Click for details on the legislation.  More >>
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Up or down? The impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on electric rates

Smart Grid News recently shared comments from an analyst who said there is plenty of evidence that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan could lower electric bills. So it seems only fair to share an interesting perspective that comes to a different conclusion: that retail power prices in coal-dependent states could rise.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart meter safety concerns, electric utilities

Nevada fire chiefs want to investigate the safety of smart meters

Two Nevada fire chiefs believe smart meters were related to a series of residential fires in their jurisdictions. While NV Energy, which installed the meters, says a state fire marshal’s investigation already found the meters were not a fire hazard, the fire chiefs are calling for the state PUC to conduct its own investigation. Click for details.  More >>


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