Demand Side

Duke Energy shares smart city lessons

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. 

Automation most important development in demand response

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.

NREL and INL connect power grid technology over the Internet

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.

Supreme Court reviewing legality of decision vacating FERC Order 745

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.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus one of five recipients of NY Prize Microgrid Competition

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.

Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closure will have big effect on summer supply

Although it's easy to focus on grid infrastructure in New England during the last couple of winters, summer energy supply is also something that needs to be taken seriously.

Tesla's battery is not the final answer in home energy storage

Tesla has a big announcement this week, but what does it mean for home energy storage? The company announced months ago it was planning a new battery, and now it's time to show it off.

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.