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Posted By: Stefanie Matteson
On: March 27, 2015
The buzzword in the solar industry these days is “storage.” Because solar only produces power when the sun is shining, technologies need to be developed to store solar energy so that it can be used when the sun is not shining in order for it to become a significant part ... more...
Filed under: Energy Storage
Posted By: Suzanne Jones
On: March 26, 2015
Energy efficiency must play a key role in state plans to implement an EPA rule created to cut carbon pollution, and should be fully integrated into the state’s overall compliance plans, an expert panel told attendees of the Association for Energy Services Professionals annual meeting this week. In June 2014, ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted By: Stephen Heins
On: March 25, 2015
The idea of "Cooperative Federalism" began with the New Deal in the 1930's, when it came to include a division of responsibilities among the states and the federal government agencies of electric power and distribution. By the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, the EPA set the minimum ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted By: Edward J. Tirello, Jr.
On: March 24, 2015
In 1987, there were approximately 175 investor-owned utilities. Little or no consolidation had occurred since the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 broke up Samuel Insull's empire and effectively granted federal protection to utility companies against mergers. In the wake of the now infamous hostile takeovers that defined the ... more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate
Posted By: Prasanth Kumar
On: March 23, 2015
Modern day Transmission and Distribution utilities are rapidly moving towards a smarter world and have the requirement to manage and maintain millions of physical asset attributes and characteristics in order to effectively manage and monitor the infrastructure network.  Traditionally, asset data management has always been a prime issue for these ... more...
Filed under: Information Technology
Posted By: Steve Schultz
On: March 20, 2015
We have a huge opportunity to help energy companies serve their customers more effectively. In less than five years, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) have completely changed consumer behavior and have become the #1 preferred digital channel. As we approach 2015, mobile is not something to think about as "coming ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Alexander Griffiths
On: March 19, 2015
The solar industry, like any other, is continually motivated to push its technologies forward. However, our industry has unique demands that catalyze innovation, particularly with regard to inverters. It is both the type of demands and the sheer number of them that make the solar industry unique in this regard. ... more...
Filed under: Solar
Posted By: Sir Roy Gardner
On: March 18, 2015
For decades, traditional vertically-integrated utilities have dominated the U.S. energy landscape without fear of competition. Until recently, competition in both the wholesale and retail energy markets has been relatively curtailed, with limited options for consumers and regulated prices. But the energy industry has reached the dawn of a new age ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Joyce Tam
On: March 17, 2015
As field-based work becomes increasingly complex and time-sensitive, more and more businesses are focusing on mobile solutions integrated with back-end field service solutions to help manage field operations and provide the mobile workforce with the real-time knowledge to make better, more intelligent decisions in the field. Recent research from AberdeenGroup ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Udi Merhav
On: March 16, 2015
As the United States and countries across Europe cope with mothballed coal and gas-fired power plants, nuclear phase-out, and the integration of renewables into the energy mix, the problem of decreased available peak generation capacity will continue to escalate. Demand Side Management (DSM) will continue to be essential for creating ... more...
Filed under: Demand Response

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