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Prepaid electricity to be next major prepaid market

In the next 10 years, utilities across the globe will invest $11.4 billion in prepaid metering, according to a new report.

Customer engagement driving behind-the-meter tech adoption

To efficiently shape how the industry manages distributed energy resources (DERs), utilities are looking to differentiate services and offer more behind-the-meter technology options.

Utility-scale microgrid goes online in Canada

The microgrid will serve as a framework for the two energy companies to offer the technology to other communities and customers.

Modernized grid plan from Duke Energy approved by local regulators

Duke Energy's plan to build a more intelligent, modernized grid in Indiana was approved Wednesday by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

Sungevity to go public in merger with Easterly

Solar technology provider Sungevity will merge with Easterly Acquisition Corp. in a deal that GreenTechMedia reported is valued at $357 million.

Skewed priorities in grid investments increase vulnerability

Federal and state investment in the electric grid is lopsided in favor of renewable energy development, increasing vulnerability of power grids given that significantly less funding is devoted to cybersecurity.

Utilities are the third-largest industry worldwide investing in the IoT

Utilities worldwide will spend nearly $87.5 billion on products and services for the Internet of Things by 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights and Ericsson released this month.

US energy storage market to grow 9x by 2021

The energy storage market is on track to grow nine times in the next five years, according to new research from GreenTechMedia, exceeding 2 GW for the first time.

New Mexico power provider switch will save customers $50M

New Mexico's Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is switching power providers, a move announced this week that is expected to save co-op members more than $50 million during the next 10 years.

UPDATED: These 4 companies are leading US renewable generation

This year's benchmarking report on utilities' clean energy generation from research firm Ceres – the third of its kind ever – ranked utilities and put in perspective how companies are exceeding, meeting and falling short on clean energy goals. 

Georgia Tech study of Clean Power Plan zeroes in on efficiency

Georgia must adopt strong energy efficiency measures in order to comply with the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan and still keep electricity costs low for consumers, according to a study of the plan from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Report: Texas utility-scale solar to double this year

Texas is on track to become the fastest-growing utility-scale solar market in the U.S. within the next five years, according to a report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

US, Canada, Mexico to pledge 50% clean energy sources by 2025

President Barack Obama is expected to announce that the U.S., partnering with Canada and Mexico, will help North America achieve a goal of obtaining half its electricity from clean power sources by 2025.

Advanced Microgrid's battery storage at Cal State to support Aliso Canyon grid

A new battery storage project at California State University will reduce peak energy costs and help sustain reliable power distribution by the local electricity grid.

 

Community choice aggregation expands into New York

Small energy-buying groups are allowing consumers the option to detour around utilities and buy electricity via community choice aggregation (CCA).

FERC denies power provider right to charge cooperative utilities extra renewables fee

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a power provider the right to impose a fee on a cooperative utility for obtaining up to 5 percent of its power from other sources, such as local renewable energy facilities.

 

California adopts new rules for grid interconnection

Vague standards about how distributed energy resources connect to the local electric grid has complicated progress, but last week California took a step toward clarifying those processes.

Consumers Energy to use mobile command vehicles for emergency outage response

Consumers Energy will use two specially equipped 30-foot vehicles to respond to power outages and support widespread restoration work in the event of weather-related outages in Michigan.

Nest partners with SolarCity on new 'Time of Savings' energy service

A new Nest service can find the price of energy for customers on Time of Use (TOU) rate plans, and then automatically adjust the company's smart thermostat to reduce electricity use when energy prices are most expensive.

FATHOM to deploy smart water solution for 33K Texas residents

The City of Copperas Cove, Texas signed a 15-year contract with FATHOM, a software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company for water utilities, to deploy a smart grid for water to 33,000 local residents.