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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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The rapidly expanding market for distributed renewable energy

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, distributed renewable energy, global business, renewable energy adoption
As the cost of distributed wind and solar power generation drop, costs for fossil fuel and nuclear continue to increase. While the intermittent nature of those renewables presents challenges for many utilities integrating them, the growth rate of those power sources in many countries may surprise you… particularly in developing nations.

Warning: California is rewriting the financial rules for utilities. Will your region be next?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, distributed energy, renewable energy, California Public Utilities Commission, electric utilities
The California Public Utilities Commission is rewriting requirements for how utilities value distributed energy resources. Guest author Tom Osterhus says the changes will bring new value opportunities, but will be dangerous for utilities that fail to adapt. Click to read his explanation of what those changes will look like and what their impact will likely be.

Another expert writes a requiem for today's "traditional" utilities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric utility business model, electric utility trends, distributed generation
One view of the future for electric grids and utilities is a scenario that includes two types of distribution utilities, one responsible for maintaining grid operations and another that will sell energy services. Click to read an explanation of one increasingly popular concept of the new utility model: “distribution service operators.”

European power plants could be obsolete starting in 2020

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Europe, smart grid trends, renewable energy, electric utilities
A new report says Europe’s centralized fossil-fuel power plants could be obsolete very soon as a direct result of solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles. And the 2020 tipping point date? That’s when investment bank UBS believes the payback period for a rooftop solar system will be attractively short and batteries much less expensive.

U.S. wind energy industry is doing quite well too (It’s not all about solar)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, wind power, U.S. wind power, Department of Energy
Wind power usually seems to play the wallflower in the renewable energy world where most of the attention is focused on solar. But two new DOE reports say the U.S. is a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world.

Were we wrong about Germany? Can renewables make a grid MORE reliable?

smart grid, modern grid, renewable energy, renewables and grid strain, Germany, German renewables program
Critics routinely skewer Germany’s aggressive adoption of renewables, citing high power costs and grid instability as the inevitable results. But there are those who contend the country’s grid is more reliable because of renewables integration. Click to read what they’re saying and why.

The good news for solar that could be bad news for utilities (including much higher efficiency)

solar power, rooftop solar, smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric utilities, electric utility future, smart grid trends, smart grid markets
Solar may seem like a threat utilities don’t really need to worry about quite yet, if ever in areas that don’t get a lot of sun and costs are high. But recent developments in the solar and energy storage industries could mean the time when today’s utility customers start generating their own power is coming soon.

Boulder discovers challenges to becoming its own utility

Xcel Energy, Boulder, Colorado, municipal utilities, smart grid, modern grid, electric utilities
The city of Boulder is finding out that divorcing electric service provider Xcel could become a lot harder than anticipated. While no one expected the city’s effort to set up its own municipal electric utility would be carefree and painless, escalating costs alone could be a make or break obstacle.

GE survey: Millions of Americans willing to pay more for a better grid

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, lessons learned, customer engagement, renewable energy, energy efficiency, GE, electric utilities
A new survey from GE’s Digital Energy business says millions of Americans are so concerned and frustrated with power outages they would pay more on their monthly power bill if it would ensure a more reliable grid. Click for details and other highlights from GE’s Grid Resilience Survey.

Why Home Depot could soon be in charge of the power industry

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, power industry trends, changing business model, renewable energy, distributed generation, rooftop solar, electric utilities
The upheaval in the U.S. power industry and what the outcome could be seem to have become the hot topic of conversation among energy professionals. And those conversations continue to lean toward the “utility death spiral” along with distributed generation. Click to read about what industry leaders and top publications are saying right now.

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.

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