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Smart grid market research: forecasts from the analysts

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This week’s smart grid market research update dips into several sectors, including technologies, transmission and distribution, building energy management, Volt/VAR architecture and more. Click to read what the experts are forecasting for those markets over the next few years.

Survey says the majority of Americans don’t know solar’s getting cheaper… yet

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rooftop solar, solar leasing, consumer attitudes
A new survey found that 70% of Americans haven’t considered solar installations because of the cost. But when they were told about solar leasing options, they became a lot more interested. Read the story for a more detailed look at American consumer attitudes toward solar.

Smart grid markets update: substation automation, storage and more

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Over the next 10 years, the largest smart grid infrastructure markets will be in Southeast Asia as four countries seek to improve and modernize their electric grids to meet growing demands. Click for details about the growth in Southeast Asia and other smart grid and related markets.

Slow growing geothermal seeks bigger piece of U.S. renewable energy pie

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Geothermal energy hasn’t been a hot topic in U.S. energy industry circles, at least not for several years. But as Breaking Energy’s Pete Danko reports, that could change. He provides an update on where the geothermal industry is today and why it could become an increasingly important source of power over the next several years.

A quick scan of smart grid and related markets

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The energy industry environment changes constantly and while market forecasts aren’t written in stone, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what the analysts envision for the future. Click to read about predictions for programmable DC power supplies, demand response, energy storage and other markets.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

We may not need utilities much longer says former COO (and how to prove him wrong)

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Large central utilities are losing public and regulatory support and risk becoming a casualty of the shift to self-sufficiency that will take place in much of the world, say the authors of a recently published essay. There is, however, much that utilities can do to steer clear of that dire future. Click for details.

All eyes are on rooftop solar… but what about BIG (utility-scale) solar?

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It seems everyone is talking about rooftop solar, its dramatic growth, the subsidies, net metering and how it will change utilities and how they operate. But utility-scale solar still represents most of the solar growth in the U.S. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy reports on the current status of “big solar” and why more and more environmental groups and others are raising red flags about it.

Here comes the future: 6 new ways to design electricity rates

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While demand for more distributed energy resources is growing, today’s pricing structures provide little incentive to deploy them where they will do the most good. Click to read one approach to incrementally transition to a more sophisticated pricing system that would better reflect real costs and benefits, and some specific options for pricing.

A quick look at smart grid markets performance

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It’s always a good idea to keep track of how the varied energy industry markets are performing. It does take time, though. That’s where our smart grid market reports roundup comes in handy. Read the brief summaries and click on the links for more details.

Smart grid wins: a global look at projects and developments

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This week’s smart grid wins feature includes what could almost be considered a bit of everything. Read about a variety of smart grid companies and projects ranging from solar and smart water to transmission and energy efficiency. And don’t miss the awards for AutoGrid Systems and Silver Spring Networks.

The 4 priorities that allow utilities to profit from the connected home market

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New technologies are frequently viewed with suspicion in the utility industry. Consider the developing “connected home” market as an example. Guest contributor Angus Panton makes the case that the new market offers substantial growth opportunities for utilities… as long as they attend to four key issues early on.

Smart grid tech: breakthroughs, tweaks and building a better battery

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Smart grid companies are always coming up with new tech products and services and enhancements to existing products. We thought it was time to take a look at what they’ve been up to, so click to read about new offerings from ABB, Belden, GE, Leidos and other companies.

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