National Town Meeting to Focus on Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid, to be held May 26-28 in Washington, DC, is the premier event in the US focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications. It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response … [Read more...]

Utility 2.0: “REVolutionizing” the Use of Distributed Energy Resources

New York opened its “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding earlier this year to re-examine the utility business model. As part of this proceeding, state regulators will also look into removing market barriers preventing greater deployment of distributed energy resources (DER), which are smaller-scale clean energy resources, such as energy … [Read more...]

New York Details its Energy Vision (REV)

 Brett Feldman, senior research analyst, Navigant Research, offers the latest on REV -- New York's cutting edge plan to create a functioning market for microgrids and distributed energy. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has released its latest straw proposal on its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.  It includes … [Read more...]

Why The Market for PV-Plus-Storage is Growing

With PV costs dropping, storage costs dropping, and the price of serving remote locations using diesel increasing, the market for solar plus storage is increasing. Paul Bundschuh, president and chief commercial officer of Ideal Power discusses this trend and explains why his company's latest product makes solar plus storage even more attractive. … [Read more...]

NRG Energy key sponsor at CSP Today USA 2014

Energy giant NRG Energy, a leader in both distributed energy and utility-scale clean energy, will be exclusive sponsor at CSP Today USA 2014, which will be held  June 5-6 in Las Vegas. NRG Energy who partly own and operate the 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will be giving a presentation at CSP Today USA 2014 about running the … [Read more...]

Will More Renewables Mean More Energy Efficiency Too?

President Obama has called for utilities to use more renewable energy. What does this mean for distributed generation and energy efficiency? Lisa Cohn interviews David South, senior manager in the sustainability practice for West Monroe Partners, who identifies the challenges and benefits of the Obama plan for energy efficiency and distributed … [Read more...]

Combined Heat And Power Backslides. But for How Long?

Combined heat and power, or CHP, continues to be one of those great ideas that can’t seem to get traction. In fact, the technology has lost ground, according to a recent energy efficiency report. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that CHP installations fell 1.5 percent at industrial facilities from 2010 to 2011 in the … [Read more...]

A new EE resource: Distributed people

By Elisa Wood November 6, 2008 Energy efficiency is often described as the invisible resource. It improves our energy supply without any of the usual industry trappings: smokestacks, wind turbines, transmission lines and poles. This is one of its virtues. But efficiency’s invisibility also causes problems. Because it operates out of sight – … [Read more...]

Why it is so Hard – and so Important – To Increase Distributed Resources

By Lisa Cohn August 14, 2008 If distributed resources are such a good idea, why don’t we build more of them? A report released this week by Tufts University sheds some light on the answer. Despite all of the talk about the efficiency they bring to the grid, resources like solar energy and combined heat and power still face significant regulatory … [Read more...]