A New Architecture for Distributed Energy Management

It is proposed that the utility be put at the center of the distributed energy equation and manage the output of all the distributed energy in its territory. The key to this approach is to…

How Solar Will Destroy The Power Companies, In 5 Easy Steps

    Barclays recently downgraded the entire U.S. electric utilities sector to “underweight” on the threat posed by widespread adoption of solar-storage. These systems allow homeowners to use rooftop solar panels and a battery to…

Smart inverters: The secret to integrating distributed energy onto the grid?

Utilities and research teams are taking distributed energy solutions to the wires. New advanced inverter technology is already proving it will help bring more distributed solar more safely to the grid. Concern with, and sometimes resistance​…

Examining reliability impact of renewables

As directed by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) must conduct periodic assessments of the reliability and adequacy of the bulk power system (BPS). To that end, NERC…

Satisfied customers save utilities money

When customers are aware of and engaged in multiple program, product and service offerings, satisfaction levels with utilities rise. That is a conclusion derived by J.D. Power study, now in its second year, based on…

New technology to enhance concentrating solar power when there is no sun

Six new research and development projects to advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies are being funded with $10 million from the Energy Department. The projects will develop thermochemical energy storage systems to enable more…

How New York is reinventing the electric utility

State PSC: ‘Distributed System Platform Providers’ are the future Since the 1920s, utility regulation has helped provide the U.S. with “universal access” to electricity, Jim Rogers, former CEO of Duke Energy, recently noted. Utilities were…