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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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Sure the utility business model is changing, but not so fast

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business case, distributed generation, electric utilities
The changing utility business model has been the source of considerable debate and handwringing. Yes, there are plenty of challenges confronting utilities now, but is wholesale change really coming soon? Jared Anderson of Breaking Energy recently interviewed an expert on the topic, and he had some very interesting things to say.

Lessons for utilities: How Japan massively screwed up renewables

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, renewables, Japan, Germany
Japan made a series of bad choices in its efforts to adopt renewables, despite having plentiful solar, wind and geothermal resources. A recent blog post from the Rocky Mountain Institute draws what may be some surprising conclusions about what went wrong in Japan coupled with a comparison to Germany’s approach. Click for details.

Utilities: Borrow from this "civilized" approach to distributed generation

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewables, strategy, electric utilities
The heated debate and contention over distributed generation, rooftop solar for example, has resulted in stakeholders taking sides and pounding each other rather than working to solve the problem. The Critical Consumers Issues Forum has released a report that outlines principles for an alternative: collaborative ways to resolve energy challenges, a “civilized” way of doing it.

A boost for offshore wind energy? DOI offers commercial leases for development

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, offshore wind energy, offshore wind projects, renewable energy, Interior Department
In case you were wondering, offshore wind energy is far from dead in the U.S. The Department of Interior has opened up two large areas off the coasts of Maryland and Massachusetts for development. Qualified companies will be able to participate in competitive lease sales for construction of commercial wind projects.

Forget grid divorce. Native Americans are not getting married to the grid anyway

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rural cooperatives, renewable energy, solar power, storage, customer care, Native Americans, electric utilities
For those of us able to take the electric grid for granted, it may be surprising to learn that many isolated communities and Native American reservations can’t or don’t care to connect. Read the story to learn how the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is helping those customers rather than ignoring them.

The net metering battle… 3 more states may offer relief to utilities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewable energy, net metering, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Net metering may fade from the headlines for a while, but the issue isn’t going away anytime soon. Read the story to keep up with current developments and initiatives in Massachusetts, Missouri and Maine.

Smart grid wins: new transmission projects and a major solar farm at Indy 500

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects, transmission, solar farms
In this week’s smart grid wins roundup you can read about new transmission projects for ABB, Alstom Grid and others, an impressive new solar farm at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, grants for Washington energy storage projects and an award for Sensus.

Why should Black Americans subsidize "largely white, male" net metering users, asks ASU professor

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net metering, rooftop solar, distributed generation, net metering fairness, low-income customers
While net metering does help popularize green technologies, it does so “on the backs of our nation’s poor,” says Arizona State University professor Matthew C. Whitaker. While the fairness of net metering has been questioned before, he adds a somewhat different dimension to the rooftop solar discussion.

DG: A Balanced Path Forward

This CCIF report is a compilation of perspectives on critical issues pertaining to DG that arose during an examination of the topic to determine its challenges and benefits. This report demonstrates that the groups responsible for conducting the examination are clearly able and ready to lead both state and national debates on challenging energy issues—those pertaining to DG and countless others.

Want resiliency? Here's how to get it. (New Jersey has already started)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewable energy, grid resiliency, electric utilities
How to cope with a future of distributed generation has been a major worry for electric utilities. But guest author Michael Panfil explains there could be big benefits in terms of improved grid resiliency. If utilities want to take advantage of the opportunities a distributed future presents, they need to step up and get in the game. Or someone else will.

Want to know the past and the future of renewables? Here it is at a glance

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, wind energy, renewable energy trends
As the accompanying story notes, distributed renewables are a major issue for electric utilities. We thought you might be interested in an infographic from Ventyx that pinpoints some key developments in the renewables sector. For example, while solar gets the headlines, most renewables growth in the past four decades was from wind energy.

Utilities: Take these 4 steps to avoid being crushed by distributed renewables

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, distributed renewables, strategy, electric utilities
Distributed renewable energy generation has been labeled a likely source of “disruptive change” for electric utilities, their “biggest challenge” and more. But there are steps utilities can take to benefit from the renewable energy surge, according to the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Will microgrids be powered by fuel cells instead?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, microgrids, fuell cells
The fuel cell market has had a rough and tumble history but new research suggests the technology could become a preferred source of electric power for microgrids within just a few years. Click to read some of the latest trends identified by Navigant Research.

Europe’s green energy industry faces collapse, claims conservative news site

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, European renewable energy, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Europe’s aggressive rush to embrace renewable energy has resulted in turmoil for some countries, including escalating prices for consumers and slashed subsidies for providers, according to a conservative news web site. It’s time well spent to follow the tumultuous story for the lessons it can provide.

DOE invests $33 million to develop fuel cell technology

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, fuel cells, DOE, distributed generation, smart grid projects
DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is funding 13 projects focused on developing efficient intermediate-temperature fuel cell technology for distributed generation applications. Click to learn about three approaches developers will use and the state of fuel cell technology today.

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