Costs for renewable distributed generation on the decrease

August 26th, 2014

Global Smart Grid Federation’s world-wide overview on distributed generation – The outlook of electricity systems is changing rapidly on a global scale. Although different countries are typically characterized by a different generation mix and distribution system structure, the results of the GSGF study ‘Grid Connectivity of Distributed Generation’ confirms that most nations worldwide are experiencing […]

California is rewriting the financial rules for utilities.

September 1st, 2014

Get ready. The financial foundations for the Smart Grid and distributed energy are being rewritten, now. The focus is shifting quickly from averaged (avoided) costs to marginal costs. Economics 101 holds that marginal costs (vs. average costs) enable market efficiencies. Regulators know this, and are moving rapidly to revise how cost-effectiveness is defined. These changes […]

California Offers Up to $26.5 Million in Microgrid Grants

August 28th, 2014

California Energy Commission is offering up to $26.5 million for microgrid grants, in a request for proposals issued July 3. The RFP seeks microgrid projects that demonstrate ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy and electric vehicles. The commission is allotting $20.5 million to low-carbon microgrids at critical facilities (police, fueling […]

Reshaping the energy system could save Europe up to €81b

August 28th, 2014

A new study, ‘Forging a joint commitment to sustainable and cost-efficient energy transition in Europe’ by Accenture and EURELECTRIC says that the reshaping of the European energy system could reduce energy expenditure by between €27b and €81b a year by 2030. Some findings of the report show: European expenditure on electricity and gas has surged […]

12 disruptive innovators in the energy business

August 28th, 2014

Global energy systems are undergoing a process of creative destruction, as the large-scale integration of renewable energy, enhanced energy management and energy efficiency, and the intensified exploitation of unconventional fossil fuels reinvent the energy sector. These 12 diverse and disruptive innovators, described here in alphabetical order, are leading the charge: 1. Comverge. Disruption: Adding intelligence […]

The electricity grid has enough capacity today — but don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

August 28th, 2014

Northern summer peak demand can put tremendous strain on the electricity grid. But, according to a recent report, the U.S. and Canada are prepared to meet this summer’s demand. In June, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) found that both the U.S. and Canada have sufficient reserve margins — a measure of available generating […]