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The utility customer challenge: They like you but they are not loyal. Are you measuring the wrong things?

Utilities are providing good customer service, most consumer say. But that doesn’t mean they would stick with their current electricity provider if given the choice. Click to read about the latest consumer survey from DEFG EcoAlign. It explains why measuring long-term loyalty could be more valuable than measuring customer satisfaction.  More >>


smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid wins, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors, smart grid projects

This week’s smart grid wins... new projects, new partnerships

This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes news from all over the map, from Germany and France to Hawaii and Ontario. Read the story to learn about a variety of new projects from Siemens, Itron, Stem, Schneider Electric and others.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, energy efficiency policy, federal agencies

Surprise! Federal agencies ARE doing a lot to push energy efficiency, says ACEEE

The federal government and Congress generally get low marks for doing much about energy efficiency policy. However, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says if we look instead at the federal agencies there’s plenty of action on efficiency policies that could save Americans a substantial amount of money.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, German renewables, German electric utilities, business strategy

Desperate German utilities will try to become solar leasing companies

Germany’s largest utilities did not participate in the country’s solar boom and are losing market share and profits because of it. Click to read about how they plan to get back in the game and what some of their options could be.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, nanogrids, microgrids, renewable energy, developing world, global business

"We don't need no stinkin' grid" will be the mantra of the developing world, professor says

The idea that a traditional centralized electric grid may not be the best way to deliver power to the millions of people in the world who don’t have it is gaining traction. Read the story to learn about a detailed strategy that calls for major business model and policy changes to support deployment of nanogrids and microgrids in regions with no or intermittent power.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net metering, policy and regulation, California net metering law, rooftop solar, electric utilities

How California's net metering law is making Elon Musk even richer (and the poor even poorer)

California’s net metering policy intended that subsidies be paid to electricity customers who produce onsite energy with rooftop solar installations. The problem is that most of those subsidies go to solar leasing companies while customers receive very little. Click for details on a study by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation that lays out the issues and shortcomings.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, marine energy, wave energy, renewable energy, research and development

A very different kind of wave energy device (it operates well below the waves)

Many industry observers see wave energy as a remote possibility, one of those “out there” technologies, if they consider it at all. However, several companies have quietly gone about their business building and testing a variety of devices to convert marine energy into electric power. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy shares one of the latest developments.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, electricity tariffs, FERC, electric utilities

Could a new tax save the smart grid? This expert thinks so

Law professor Joel Eisen wants the Federal Energy Regulation Commission to consider a tariff on electricity distribution to create an open access grid that would spur innovation and new technology deployment. Read the story to learn more about his proposal and why he believes it will encourage grid transformation.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, Hawaii, policy and regulation, electric utilities

What's the future of utilities? Hawaii has one answer

Hawaii’s electricity landscape is changing dramatically. In response to demands from regulators, the state’s utilities have provided plans for how they will reduce power bills and meet a target of providing two-thirds of the state’s electricity with renewables by 2030. Hawaii’s experiences will be worth watching because they could provide a glimpse of the not too distant future for other parts of the country.  More >>
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business case, policy and regulation, smart grid strategy, Duke Energy, electric utilities

How Duke is selling regulators on a $1.9 billion grid upgrade plan for Indiana

For a better shot at getting their rate increase plans approved, utilities should focus on what will get regulators’ attention. Click to read about Duke Energy’s proposal for an ambitious grid modernization plan that takes a nuts and bolts and dollars and cents approach and, for the most part, steers clear of potential problem areas.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, fuel cells, smart grid strategy, Bloom Energy, electric utilities

Utilities: Partner with companies like Bloom or watch them take your top customers

Bloom Energy and other fuel cell makers are going after big power users and what they’re offering includes power as a service and reduced upfront costs. If utilities want to hold on to their larger customers, they should consider a partnership arrangement similar to that described in our story.  More >>


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