Tag Archives: DER

Have California’s efforts to value distributed resources hit a roadblock?

Just about the only thing parties in the state’s DER valuation working group can agree on is that the tool they developed is “not yet ready’m” writes Herman K. Trabish in UtilityDive. California’s landmark effort to value distributed energy resources … Continue reading

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One day, two states: history making moves on distributed energy resources

Elisa Wood reports in Microgrid Knowledge about bold moves taken by New York and Massachusetts toward supporting the development of distributed energy resources (DER) It was a shot heard around the world – or two shots rather – when yesterday … Continue reading

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Pushing for scalability, utilities look to new hybrid models for microgrid deployment

Herman K. Trabish reports in Utility DIVE that utilities are searching for standardized microgrid models that allow both end users and the wider grid to benefit. Microgrids are a hot topic in the power sector, but for years utilities have … Continue reading

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How to assure grid stability while tapping third-party energy sources

The Lexington Institute reports that the California Public Utilities Commission approved a pilot program in December that incentivizes utilities to use more distributed energy resources. These resources are defined as renewable generation sources, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles, and … Continue reading

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Partners help Montgomery County build two microgrids

Joseph Bebon reports in Solar Industry that Schneider Electric, an energy management and automation company, and Duke Energy Renewables have announced an agreement to deploy two microgrids to serve the Montgomery County, Md., Public Safety Headquarters (PSHQ) and Correctional Facility. Schneider … Continue reading

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Innovating urban energy: making cities smarter

Power Engineering International recently published the following article, which is part of a paper prepared by Alan Thomson and Stephen Cook of Arup on behalf of the World Energy Council. Arup is a member of the International District Energy Association … Continue reading

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Ten thousand UK businesses ‘missing out on energy flexibility ‘cashback’ opportunity’

New Power reports that more UK businesses can save money by avoiding power ‘congestion charging’ and shifting their use by leveraging the benefits of “demand side response” (DSR), according to the companies who help them deliver the service. One such, … Continue reading

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Update on California’s distributed energy resource leadership

Merrian Borgeson and her colleague, NRDC Fellow Dan Aas, report in the NRDC Expert Blog on California’s latest efforts to leverage and integrate the benefits of distributed energy resources (DERs) to improve grid reliability and resilience. In a unanimous decision … Continue reading

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New Jersey issues Microgrid Report analyzing regulatory, technical and financial aspects of microgrid development

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has released a “Microgrid Report”* with the objective to provide data and technical analysis to the Board and provide Staff’s response for emergency operations (black sky conditions) in response to Superstorm Sandy and … Continue reading

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California to decide policies for utilities to engage independent energy providers, aka DERs

Constance Douris writes for the Lexington Institute that the The California Public Utilities Commission will vote December 15 on a proposal encouraging utilities to embrace distributed energy resources (DERs). Changes in consumer preferences, technological progress, and legislative and regulatory shifts … Continue reading

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