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Clean, green, renewable energy is one of the biggest drivers of the Smart Grid. Put simply, the world cannot meet its renewable energy goals without an intelligent, interconnected grid. This section will help you find the latest research and reports on key issues such as interconnection, integration, intermittency (and how to handle it), and growth projections.

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DOE’s new Lab-Corps to bring clean energy technologies to market faster

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, DOE, DOE laboratories, clean energy technology
DOE has committed to a pilot program to better train its national laboratory researchers to take their work in clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster. Click for details on the technology accelerator and training program and the anticipated results.

Tiny German village builds its own smart grid, and goes off grid

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy self sufficiency, German renewables
The debate over whether Germany’s aggressive renewables adoption initiative is working or failing has grabbed the headlines, but sometimes it’s worth taking a look at a situation from a different point of view. Fed up with buying thousands of gallons of heating oil, a small German village built its own smart grid. And promptly went off grid.

Army, NREL partner on large-scale net zero energy pilot

smarr grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net zero energy, NREL, U.S. Army, energy efficiency, renewable energy
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Army are working together on a pilot program to reach net zero energy use status at nine Army installations. If all of those sites can reach net zero, 8% of the Army’s current installation energy consumption will be replaced with renewables.

USDA boosts rural electric power with $1.4B in loan guarantees

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rural electric cooperatives, USDA loan guarantees
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending a tidy sum to upgrade electric grids in rural communities, and part of that investment is earmarked for smart grid technologies. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in addition to improving grid reliability, the upgrades will bring jobs and economic opportunities to rural areas.

Solar’s biggest integration challenge: overgeneration?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar power, solar integration
Utilities have fretted over how to successfully adapt their operations to integrate increasing amounts of solar power. Now some solar stakeholders say their industry needs to make some changes of its own to avoid economic failure.

Innovative Kansas biofuel plant provides vehicle fuel AND electricity

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, biofuels refining, Abengoa, renewable energy, cogeneration
Abengoa refers to its new biofuel plant, the country’s third commercial-scale cellulosic refinery, as a ‘one of a kind’ facility. In addition to the plant’s innovative process for converting biomass into motor vehicle fuel, the refinery will be powered by its own cogeneration plant.

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 wins from around the world

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects
This week’s roundup includes new projects like Scotland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and South America’s largest smart grid project, a milestone for DTE Energy’s smart meter program and Innovari’s recent acquisition.

Please! No more solar! Japanese utilities want to slow the rush to renewables

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar power, Japan, electric utilities
Japan just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to meeting its power needs. With few fossil fuel resources, the country relied on nuclear until the Fukushima disaster all but ended its nuclear program. Now, half of Japanese utilities won’t take on any new renewable energy until the grid has been upgraded to accommodate it safely.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, geothermal energy, geothermal energy market
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.

The two solar breakthroughs that may make grid divorce more feasible

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, distributed generation, solar power, solar power technologies, electric utilities
Innovative programs in residential solar installation financing combined with advances in energy storage technologies are already affecting the business of generating and delivering electricity. And new advances in solar technology underscore the possibility that self-sufficiency could be coming soon. Read the story to learn about two significant solar breakthroughs.

What modern cities want from their utilities. (It ain't pretty.)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, Europe smart cities, renewables, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Utilities in the U.S. may want to take a look at how two European cities are taking part in the region’s massive effort to cut carbon emissions, and what they’re telling (not asking) their utilities to do. Click for details on the cities’ initiatives and how local utilities are affected.

Utilities: Want to know how much solar will hurt you? Here are the numbers

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rooftop solar, rooftop solar impacts, policy and regulation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, electric utilities
Considering the accelerating rate of rooftop solar adoption, understanding its potential impacts on utility rates and profitability is a task well worth taking on. Researchers at a DOE national lab have produced a detailed report that should help clear up some of the widely debated questions surrounding those possible impacts.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid strategy, smart grid investments, New York energy plan, energy efficiency, renewables
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.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed energy resources, DERs, energy markets, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
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.

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