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Follow the big financiers: Solar and batteries are coming

If you want to see where the grid is heading, follow the money. And by that measure, the banks have spoken loudly: It's all about solar and storage.


The $5 Billion Race to Build a Better Battery

Professor Donald Sadoway remembers chuckling at an e-mail in August 2009 from a woman claiming to represent Bill Gates. The world’s richest man had …


Want More Wind And Solar Energy? Invest A Lot More In The Grid

Want to increase the use of green energy and reduce the level of harmful emissions? Invest heavily in the grid to both modernize and expand it, which will accomplish such aims while also building the US economy.

That’s the view of energy and utility experts assembled by Public Utilities Fortnightly …


New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York State learned a big lesson after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to more than 8 million residents and did billions of dollars in economic …


New energy storage system to foster renewables growth in Europe

Europe will take a step closer towards a low-carbon power grid as Ireland starts work on a viable energy storage system in the coming weeks.


U.S. Power Sector In 2015: More Renewable Energy, Less Carbon Emissions

2015 will bring big changes for the U.S. power sector.CREDIT: ShutterstockA new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has some good news …


How to deploy solar as a grid resource

When I pass through the residential and commercial areas of a city, it’s interesting to note which homes and businesses have solar panels on their …

Renewable Energy

The demise of utilities as we know them could be 15 years away

Utilities as we know them today have a maximum of about 15 good years ahead of them.

That is if they don't shift their business models away from …


Why future superpowers will run on super batteries

A global race is underway to find the great white whale of 21st century energy: the elusive super battery. It's a race that will shape energy …


Why battery storage may put peaking gas plants out of business

In global energy markets, debate rages around the likely make-up of energy supplies in the near, mid and long-term future. The percentage of …


California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters

LONG BEACH ( — Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of …


Report: ‘Load Defection’ From Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries Is Already Here

Forget the threat of solar- and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to …

Renewable Energy

Storing Solar Energy: A great idea caught on contested ground

Photo: Green Charge NetworksState rules preclude Green Charge Networks from wiring PV power into its lithium battery energy storage unitsAdding …


Taking position: Tank batteries battle Peshawar’s energy crisis

PESHAWAR: With their tour of duty in Afghanistan now over, ‘tank batteries’ are now being deployed on another front; battling prolonged electricity


UPS Integrates Flywheel, Battery Energy Storage for Extended Runtime

April 6, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

Active Power, a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, is now offering an Extended Runtime option …


Tesla's residential battery system leaked, here's everything we know

Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier this week teased a new product line set to debut on April 30. All signs suggest that product will be the home battery …


Five community energy schemes that are breaking the mould

The privatisation of electricity supply in the 1990s resulted in the 12 regional English electricity boards being turned into 12 separate companies. …


South Carolina utilities and solar advocates finalize net metering at full retail value

Dive Brief:

The South Carolina Public Service Commission last week approved a settlement agreement between Duke Energy Carolinas, South Carolina …


Power-hungry states to drive smart grid business

UP, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat and West Bengal strengthening their transmission and distribution


Electric cars to become mini power plants in California’s energy grid

The California utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), has begun bidding energy resources from fleets of electric vehicles and storage systems …

Electrical Grid

SolarCity launches disaster-proof micro grids with Tesla batteries

Solar panels backed up with batteries could provide power in the advent of a disaster.

SolarCity, well-known for rooftop solar systems, is expanding …


Data-acquisition: The key to a smart electrical grid

Data acquisition of voltage, current, and power has become essential to the operation of today's smart-grid power distribution network.


What Energy Harvesting Means To Smart Grid And M2M Sectors

New terms and jargon sometimes appear over time. “Sustainable” is one example. From a shorthand description of smart, long term practices applied to …

Electrical Grid

Conference Proceedings Available - The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond

March 23, 2015Conference Proceedings Available - The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching BeyondIn October 2014, the Electric Power …


Energy Union: Germany, Norway to link grids

23. March 2015 | Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Edgar Meza

The NordLink project will be Europe's longest HVDC power …


Are Solar-Powered Homes Jacking Up Everyone Else's Electric Bills?

Illustration by Mr. BiscuitSolar power is having a major moment. It's growing faster than any other energy source—in 2014, a new system was installed …


This German city’s smart grid lowers energy consumption and cost

Know how the U.S. power grid works? Anyone who remembers the 2003 blackout, when 50 million people lost power from Michigan to New York, might …


Renewables, resiliency and the future of the grid - MaRS

I’ve recently returned from the World Smart Energy Week (WSEW) in Tokyo. With over 70,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors, WSEW is the largest smart …

The Future

Avista builds a foundation for the future

By Laurine Jue

Over the past several years, Avista has built a new foundation for its energy future. As one of a handful of utilities to receive …

The Future