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Good news or bad? Solar surpasses wind in California

While this is an exciting milestone for the solar industry, the rise of solar also brings with it a demand for better forecasting information to cope with the challenges that the increase in variable generation poses to the regional energy system.

Duke Energy raises renewable energy goal

Duke Energy is experiencing renewable energy growth faster than expected -- based on wind, solar and biomass the company either owns or purchases.

NYS launches first community solar project

Under the State's Shared Renewables Program, residents can purchase individual solar panels in the Halfmoon array and receive credit for the power production directly on their monthly electric bills, as if the panels were located on their own roof. The Halfmoon project is specifically for renters, homeowners and low-income residents.

DX: Digital transformation requires refocusing resources

It's vital that business leaders embrace the next phase of the digital transformation if they're going to succeed, but many utility leaders looking to improve the quality of their customers' digital experience (DX) do not know where to begin.

Politically Powerful Polluters Prevent Progress

Scores of newspaper and journal articles suggest the electricity industry is rapidly modernizing, becoming more innovative and clean. New York, for instance, is reinventing its energy future by transforming the retail electricity market. California is committed to obtaining half its power from renewable resources. Illinois is upgrading its electric grid in ways that help consumers and the environment. Yet, politically powerful polluters are trying to block such efforts and, more troubling, move electricity markets backwards. Ohio-based utilities FirstEnergy and AEP, for instance, just convinced state regulators to approve a $6 billion subsidy for their uneconomic and dirty power plants. And, in Nevada, utilities persuaded their regulators to block solar energy development.

ESA honors those shaping the future of energy storage

The recent Energy Storage Association (ESA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo honored an individual and a company for their leadership in defining and creating the industry's successful future.

Conn. bolstering green energy efforts

Connecticut is providing manufacturers in the state a new way to lower their energy costs. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Connecticut Green Bank have unveiled a new initiative called Energy on the Line, which offers grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency building upgrades.

Smart Cities Next Stops: California, Virginia, New Jersey

Smart cities are ramping up across the United States -- from California to New Jersey.

Top 5 transmission and distribution vendors

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in the global smart grid transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment market from 2016 to 2020. 

Bi-Partisan Support for Solar: No Flash in the Pan

Here's an interesting fact: The sun's energy is unlimited, free and clean, and the amount that hits Earth in one hour is equal to the amount of energy used in one year by the entire planet, according to Phys.org. So why does solar continue to play a bafflingly minor role in the U.S. infrastructure?

SolSmart recognizes government impact on building resilient communities

The SolSmart program seeks to address solar "soft costs," the business processes or administrative costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system. Local governments are in a unique position to both reduce these costs and to promote the use of solar in their jurisdictions.

Are EV owners fickle? Edmunds thinks so

Only 27.5 percent of all hybrid and electric vehicle trade-ins in 2016 have been applied to the purchase of another hybrid or EV, according to a new analysis from Edmunds.com.

Whose regulations lead grid modernization?

Regulations have been critical for driving smart grid infrastructure investment across the world.

Newest DVP natural gas station part of coal reduction plan

Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) brought the Brunswick Power Station online this week as part of its plan to meet growing demand and replace electricity from aging coal-fired power stations as Dominion transitions to a cleaner energy future. 

Connected home products going mainstream; Nest, Apple, Samsung top smart brands

Once viewed as luxury items, connected home products are now reaching mainstream consumers across all ages and incomes.

Reggie Reform: Will Connecticut lead the way?

Connecticut's leadership is needed to drive the expansion of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced "Reggie"). That is the claim made in a letter from environmental, business, consumer, and public health organizations to Governor Malloy and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The S Factor: Consumers want speed, security, satisfaction with utility billing

Consumers want a bill payment experience that is as easy, convenient and as intuitive as a push of a button. Speed and security are the drivers of decision-making with satisfaction as the key outcome.

Texas blowing its solar potential

Despite falling prices, Texas ranks behind such states as Colorado and New Jersey in solar-electric capacity.

Smart home devices double in Canada

The number of Canadian broadband households with a smart home device more than doubled in the past year, according to new research from Parks Associates. The numbers jumped from 5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 to 11 percent in the first quarter of 2016.

2.3M tweets reveal IoT, big data concerns, fears

As utilities begin to accept the realities of the Internet of Things (IoT) and focus more of their investments in this space, consumers are voicing their concerns. Although IoT products are gaining consumer acceptance -- from connected watches to appliances to thermostats -- a new report from Argus Insights reveals that market conversations are heavily concentrated around Big Data concerns.