Hawaii is on a path toward 100 percent renewables, and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are looking for a plan as to how they will get there. HECO filed a proposal with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that they say will enhance customer options for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems in the state-- but it also looks at how net metering customers are billed.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has continued to utilize their microgrid in the Borrego Springs community and, in May, had to use it to power the entire community during a planned grid outage. According to SDG&E, it is believed to be the first time in the country that a community has been fully powered by a microgrid system.
Southern Company is looking to move into the future, and has become the latest utility to sign on with Tesla for commercial-scale battery storage. Thomas A. Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, spoke at the company's annual stockholders meeting to discuss how they believe innovation will move them forward.
From reader nominations, Smart Grid News has narrowed its 2015 Smart Grid Companies to Watch winners to 15. Our selections this year are some of the most innovative and smart emerging companies in the smart grid industry-- and have made or have the potential to make significant contributions to the energy industry. Our winners are a melting pot of industry technology but all are riding the wave of emerging trends and opportunities in the Internet of Things, energy storage and distributed energy resources, the connected home, and home and building energy management, etc.
Nevada has come to a compromise about net metering in the state after months of argument between state officials, the rooftop solar industry, and utility NV Energy. After the compromise was reached, the proposal was moved to the Assembly floor.
There are a number of cities working toward smart technology, but many are undertaking smart projects-- rather than a goal toward truly smart cities. In Charlotte, they understood that technology could lead to energy savings.
New market types, like ancillary services such as reserves and regulation, are opening up to DR, and the concepts of resiliency and microgrids have taken strong root along the Atlantic Coast following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. DR will be an integral part of those developments.
The Department of Energy (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have partnered to demonstrate the capability to connect power grid simulations between two laboratories. The experiment demonstrated the simulation in real-time-- via the Internet.
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review of the legality of a May 2014 divided decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Order 745-- the landmark policy providing fair-market compensation for demand response in the wholesale energy market.
Just months after announcing funding for microgrids across New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for the first five projects. Each project selected will received $100,000 in funding.