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No more renewable mandates for New York? (Or energy efficiency either?)

New York isn’t giving up on its commitment to renewables and energy efficiency. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority just wants to change the state’s approach. The agency is proposing a switch from mandates to a program of investments in market development and technology innovation, and incentives for renewables.  More >>


smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, global business

Market research update: What the analysts expect for smart grid sectors

This week’s market research update focuses on global markets and the variety of countries responsible for driving solid growth in several smart grid sectors. Read about the latest forecasts in markets ranging from synchrophasors and offshore wind power to smart buildings and distributed generation.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, smart grid standards, data privacy, electric utilities

DOE standards for smart grid data privacy open for comment, but time’s running out

The Energy Department’s draft Voluntary Code of Conduct for data privacy related to smart grid technologies is open for public comment, but the deadline is coming up soon. The commend period for the code of conduct, which applies to utilities and third parties, closes on October 14.   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 >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed energy resources, DERs, energy markets, smart grid strategy, electric utilities

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 >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid companies

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, home energy monitors, policy and regulation, home energy management, electric utilities

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 >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, solar power, smart grid trends, renewables, electric utilities

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, 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 >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, customer engagement

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, 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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