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California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March

Robert Walton reports April 10, 2017 in UtilityDIVE that a spike in California solar output resulted in negative CAISO real-time prices in March. Dive Brief Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last year, leading to … Continue reading

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As solar booms, utilities look to build new business models with strategic investments

Herman K. Trabish reports in UtilityDive that beyond simply contracting for solar, utilities are increasingly investing in the sector to “position themselves to be the utility of the future”. Solar energy is becoming a generation resource so ubiquitous that utilities … Continue reading

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Arizona Public Service, solar industry reach critical rate case settlement

Kristi Shallenberger reports in UtilityDive that after five years of debate over rooftop solar compensation and rate design, Arizona Public Service and solar interests have filed a settlement that could provide policy stability for installers the utility’s service area. Under … Continue reading

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North Carolina island rolls out microgrid

Rich Dana reports in the Solar Tribune that Ocracoke—a popular tourist destination in the Outer Banks of North Carolina— is addressing weather-related power outages with a state-of-the-art battery-based microgrid. According to David Mickey reporting in the Ocracoke Observer,  a cooperative … Continue reading

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Record-breaking solar heating system ready on time

Arcon-Sunmark reports in Euroheat & Power that in just seven months Arcon-Sunmark has accomplished the construction of the record-breaking large-scale solar heating system at the city of Silkeborg, Denmark. 20% of the annual heating demand will from now on be … Continue reading

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Massachusetts’ new rate-case ruling is good news for distributed energy

Jeff St. John reports in Greentech Media (GTM) that in the battle between utilities and clean energy advocates over cost-shifting, Massachusetts regulators have handed the clean energy side a victory. In a decision issued last week, the state’s Department of … Continue reading

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Microgrids improve system reliability with renewables in South Africa

Gerry George reports in T&D World Magazine on recent developments enabling microgrid technology and renewable energy to help solve South Africa’s power shortages, fossil fuel price volatility and environmental concerns. Microgrid Technology South Africa has the highest electricity consumption in … Continue reading

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The bipartisan path to tackling climate change

The Washington Post has published responses from two distinguished energy experts — Heather Zichal and Bjorn Lomborg — in response to the question:“How much should the next president be willing to spend on mitigation or retooling for renewable energy?” 1. Heather … Continue reading

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Survey: Batteries still can’t give consumers what they expect for backup power

Stephen Lacey reports in GreenTech Media that there are now more than 1 million solar systems installed on residential rooftops across America. That’s not some arbitrary milestone. It means that there are nearly as many solar electric systems serving U.S. … Continue reading

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Public purpose microgrids: Mixed-ownership models spur utility investment in growing sector

Herman K. Trabish writes in Utility Dive that thinking of microgrids as public infrastructure — and financing them like it — could point the industry to new growth. “Microgrids: Evolving the Power Grid” (Source: International District Energy Association) Across the … Continue reading

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