The Emergence of the Digital Power Plant Era

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How digital power plant tech can help utilities get the most from their assets Utility Dive, October 19, 2015. Image credit: geralt As policymakers push the integration of more variable renewable generation, the need to balance supply and demand on the grid in the most clean and efficient manner will only grow. While storage offers one … Read more

New Definitions: Energy Democracy

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Ryan Pollin for Zondits, October 13, 2015. Image credit: Sara   The term democracy gets thrown around a little bit. For general purposes, a system is democratic when each of its constituent members is involved with decision-making. Democracy is good for lots of reasons – chiefly that it decentralizes power, so that everyone’s opinion is valuable, … Read more

Energy Efficiency Measures Can Amplify the Impact of Universal Energy Access Projects

More Light with Less Energy: How Energy Efficiency Can Fast-Track Energy Access Goals The World Bank, July 30, 2015. Image credit: Valger A new report entitled “EA + EE: Enhancing the World Bank’s Energy Access Investments Through Energy Efficiency,” identifies this nexus between energy efficiency and energy access. The report, which examined eight recent World Bank … Read more

New York’s REV Initiative is Transforming the Utility Industry

How the REV initiative is changing the way New York utilities do business Utility Dive, July 9, 2015. Image credit: frankieleon Last week investor-owned utilities in New York submitted a raft of innovative “demonstration” projects as a part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative. From community solar projects to efficiency marketplaces to microgrids, the … Read more

CA Microgrid to Go All-renewable with $5M Grant

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Californian utility awarded $5m grant for solar microgrid expansion PV Magazine, February 18, 2015 A utility that services 3.4 million customers in southern California has been granted $5 million to expand the Borrego Springs microgrid and enable it to use the 26 MW of solar PV energy generated at the nearby Borrego Solar facility. San … Read more