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What the iPod teaches us about utility customers (Hint: Your programs have a shelf life)

Of course it’s important to get utility customers involved in energy efficiency. Once accomplished, it’s even more important to keep them interested. Guest contributor Marie McKenna explains that while behavioral energy efficiency (BEE) has been a very effective tool, it shouldn’t be the only product on your program shelf. The parallels she draws with the discontinued iPod offer valuable lessons on why it takes much more to achieve lasting customer engagement.  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, job training, plant operations, plant efficiency, distributed generation, Enel, electric utilities

3 ideas you can borrow from Italian giant Enel (including crowdsourcing)

In utility circles Italy’s Enel is highly regarded as a pioneer, ahead of the pack in a number of areas. The company’s new ventures in training and retaining skilled employees, crowdsourcing to improve hydro plant efficiency, and participation in a new approach to distributed generation are the latest examples of its commitment to innovation.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid R&D, DOE, smart grid investments

Smart grid funding: DOE, other agencies continue to invest in projects and R&D

The era of billions in smart grid investment and demonstration grants may be gone, but DOE and other federal agencies continue to steadily invest in grid resilience and a more secure energy future. We take a look at some recent examples in a variety of technologies.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, consumer engagement, customer attitudes, electric utilities

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 >>












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