Demand Side

Will utilities (and Apple) be left out of home energy management?

SolarCity announced a partnership with Nest last week to bring Nest Thermostats to the next 10,000 customers who have solar panels installed through SolarCity. But what does the partnership mean for the industry, and how do utilities factor in?

Should utilities be worried about technology causing load defection?

Although utilities have long been the only game in town for energy services, independent energy companies have changed the playing field -- giving customers some choice in their energy use. But if given the chance, how many of those customers would actually defect from their utility?

Montana planning a net metering study prior to legislative decision

Rooftop solar is gaining traction in Montana, but net metering could soon get a big change in the state.

CA ISO looks to improve grid reliability through management of resource adequacy

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board of Governors has approved new rules meant to strengthen reliability of the grid and build on the goals in their 2014-2016 strategic plan.

Transmission line to run 387 miles between Norway and Germany

A plan to link the German and Norwegian power grids will become Europe's longest high-voltage direct current power grid connection. 

Idaho Power reports 33 percent increase in demand response savings

Idaho Power's demand response programs have increased the amount of energy savings for their customers participating in the programs.

Glenwood launches first networked distributed energy storage system in NYC

The deployment of an aggregated 1 MW of energy storage across Glenwood's properties represents the first example of a networked distributed energy storage portfolio in NYC capable of managing individual building loads in real-time or responding as an aggregated asset to a critical power event called by Con Ed or NYISO.

ComEd, Ameren urged to offer time-of-use pricing

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are working with state regulators to try and capitalize on the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act, passed in 2011 by the Illinois General Assembly, and help utilities gain greater control over peak energy load, increase electric grid resiliency, and achieve cost savings from energy efficiency. They believe that in order for the smart grid to work in Illinois, customers need choices that will allow them to use power more efficiently.

Supreme Court asked to hear appeal of FERC Order 745

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Sierra Club, and other environmental groups and consumer advocate offices in six states and the District of Columbia, have filed a petition with the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 745 – an essential tool for grid operators to help balance supply and demand.

2014 tested demand response among nation's utilities

The Polar Vortex was an important event for the United States -- not just because of the historical significance, but also because it tested the infrastructure of the country. The weather event that swept through the Midwest in 2014 tested many utilities, including Northern Illinois's ComEd -- as well as their customers.