An energy system is, in some ways, like a neighbourhood. Utilities and other distribution grid operators, DER operators, and end users all affect each other, directly and indirectly. Their differing agendas are, in many ways, complementary. Holistic awareness of an energy neighbourhood can yield more robust and mutually beneficial energy […]
Why did the industry move from 600 volt solar arrays to 1000 volt solar arrays? The answer is simple, to reduce system costs. The value of increased system voltages is realized in infrastructure savings, reduced installation costs, and end-to-end efficiency improvements. That is the same reason that the industry is […]
In 2016, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) successfully completed many projects with the aim of improving our understanding of consumers in the changing energy marketplace and how to better engage them in smart energy. The annual report reviews all of SGCC’s achievements from 2016. Download here.
Concerns about the potential impacts of net-metered PV on retail electricity prices have led to an array of proposals to reform rate structures and net metering rules for solar customers. These proposals have typically been met with a great deal of contention and often absorb substantial time and administrative resources, […]
Spread over the acres of the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) floor space in Las Vegas, over half of the thousands of exhibitors were involved with the smart home. The smart home section was filled with companies that are using home wireless networks and connected devices to make houses operate […]