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Double Trouble: Devaluing energy storage

A narrow focus on cost alone may be leading to misconceptions about the real value of energy storage, according to a new report by the World Energy Council (WEC).

Seniors vs. Millennials: Do utilities need two generational service models?

Management consulting firm DEFG has found that interest in a prepaid energy option offered by the utility is fairly low among older Americans as compared to Millennials, immigrants, property managers and other segments.

Nuclear industry (barely) sets new capacity record

Early estimates from the nuclear industry seem to indicate that U.S. nuclear energy facilities generated electricity at a record high level of reliability in 2015.

Readying the grid: EPRI, utilities leading integrations of solar, energy storage

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is taking the lead with several utilities on a three-year collaboration to investigate the end-to-end grid integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, energy storage, load management, and solar forecasting. 

DOE Grid Modernization Initiative: Utilities are part of the solution

DOE has announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States, enabling the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage.

Quality and quantity: Smart cities focusing on energy, transport

New national programs -- particularly those from the United States and India -- demonstrate the commitment large economic players are making toward smarter cities.

Golden Road: SCE expanding clean transportation in CA

The CPUC authorized a $22 million investment by SCE to implement Phase 1 of its Charge Ready and Market Education Program that will provide incentives for the deployment of 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations and support outreach to build awareness of the public.

Report: Cause of low solar prices hard to pin down

The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on homes and small businesses spans a wide range, and varies depending on a number of factors, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have found.

Nuclear GAIN: DOE backs carbon-free energy goal

In support of the Administration's goal to produce more carbon-free energy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected two companies in which it will invest money to further develop advanced nuclear reactor designs.

A new conversation: Speeding the development of smart cities

A new online community, bringing together global smart city stakeholders, will help crystalize the pain points of smart city development in mobility, water, energy, cybersecurity and privacy to address what is holding smart cities back.

Security Survey: The cloud is not a force to fear

Cloud adoption does not have to mean opening up your organization to increased security risks and threats, according to findings from a new Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) survey.

2016: A banner year for smart grid?

As consumers transition from hearing about next generation technologies to actually having innovative devices in their homes, power providers are in a prime position to help customers actualize a variety of smart grid benefits. 

Pain at the Plug: Industry reacts to POTUS SOTU

On the heels of President Obama's final State of the Union (SOTU) address, industry organizations are airing their opinions, both good and bad, on what the President had to say. From the pain at the plug to the pain at the pump, the following organizations sound off on everything from oil and gas to clean energy and climate change.

TAG celebrates Georgia's energy leaders

Georgia is home to some of the most innovative energy leaders in the country and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is celebrating them with an awards ceremony by its Smart Energy Society.

Reports piling up on the side of EPA CPP

New studies have emerged, confirming that the Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan (CPP) can achieve significant reductions of carbon pollution from the nation's power sector while preserving a diverse energy mix and saving consumers money.

Will EV fortunes shine upon lithium batteries?

BCC contends that the future of lithium batteries remains the plug-in electric vehicle.

An important new model for grid modernization

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allotted $220 million as part of its comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for modernizing the grid. 

Social, mobile, video: A wake-up call for contact centers

Customers communicate through a number of channels today: web, chat, phone, email, text -- each of which need to support a positive experience.

Top 5: Wind led clean energy progress in 2015

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced that wind led the clean energy sector in terms of progress in 2015.

PEER recognition: EPB first major utility to earn smart grid certification

Chattanooga's smart grid has become the first major power distribution system to earn Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification.