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utilities
Noah Garcia

Top 10 utility regulation trends of 2021 — so far

Renewables, DERs and EVs are still top priorities for utility commissions, but extreme weather and Covid-19 are also shaping regulatory action in 2021.

Top 10 utility regulation trends of 2021 — so far
smart inverters
Jeff St. John

Can smart solar inverters help keep grid voltages in balance? Sunnova, SolarEdge and National Grid team up to find out

One of the largest tests of its kind will tap thousands of rooftop solar inverters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island — and examine what it’s worth to both utilities and customers.

Can smart solar inverters help keep grid voltages in balance? Sunnova, SolarEdge and National Grid team up to find out
distributed energy
Jeff St. John

Camus Energy: Grid software for small utilities with big clean energy ambitions

A San Francisco startup with Google software talent is helping rural co-ops and municipal utilities make big gains in renewables and distributed energy — without the high-tech price tag.

Camus Energy: Grid software for small utilities with big clean energy ambitions
transmission grid
Julian Spector

Newsletter: The rooftop solar vs. transmission showdown that wasn't

Reports of a clean energy schism are generating a lot of solidarity.

Newsletter: The rooftop solar vs. transmission showdown that wasn't
electric vehicles
Jeff St. John

EDF Renewables makes smart EV charging the centerpiece of its distributed energy strategy

Subsidiary PowerFlex makes software for EV fleets that enables on-site solar, batteries, energy management and microgrids.

EDF Renewables makes smart EV charging the centerpiece of its distributed energy strategy
demand response
Jeff St. John

Demand response hasn't taken off in the Pacific Northwest. Will a massive heat wave change that?

Climate change, summer peaks and clean energy mandates push a hydropower-rich region to take another look at behind-the-meter flexibility.

Demand response hasn't taken off in the Pacific Northwest. Will a massive heat wave change that?
microgrids
Jeff St. John

Housing developers and utilities join forces to create the next generation of microgrids

Sharing rooftop solar, batteries and grid controls between utilities and customers is a complex undertaking, but it could yield benefits greater than the sum of their parts.

Housing developers and utilities join forces to create the next generation of microgrids
distributed energy
Jeff St. John

Colorado is poised to give a new boost to distributed solar and battery systems

Pending legislation could expand scope of behind-the-meter and community solar and battery installations.

Colorado is poised to give a new boost to distributed solar and battery systems
distributed energy
David Roberts

Why rooftop solar and home batteries make a clean grid vastly more affordable

Distributed energy is not an alternative to big power plants — it's a complement.

Why rooftop solar and home batteries make a clean grid vastly more affordable
distributed energy
Jeff St. John

GridX raises $12M to bring utility rates into the distributed energy age

It can take years and cost millions for utilities to bring complex rate designs to their customers. The energy transition needs to move much faster.

GridX raises $12M to bring utility rates into the distributed energy age