Solar Electric Power Association Blog

- November 18, 2014

The 51st State Forum Is Now Open — Share Your Ideal Energy Market

Innovators are, almost by nature, impatient people. What’s here and now is never good enough; they must tinker with it, always looking ahead to how they would do it differently or better. ...

- June 19, 2014

Energy Storage: A Different View from Germany

Germany leads the world in solar photovoltaic generation, so it would seem to follow that the country’s interest in energy storage would also be soaring. But when Ben Kaun, an expert...

- June 02, 2014

Energy Storage: Taking Solar from Intermittent to Dispatchable

Generally seen as the holy grail of solar and other renewable energy sources, electric energy storage is no longer something in the uncertain future. Rather it is a present reality...

- March 21, 2014

Low Cost Solar Signals Dynamic Shift for Utility Planning

Recent news that Austin Energy is looking to sign a 25-year solar energy PPA for less than 5 cents per kilowatt-hour is not just solar notable, it’s utility notable. (Austin Energy...

- March 10, 2014

Customer Choice and the Emerging Utility Business Model

With the explosion in available information (and the technology to use it), the age of the customer is upon us. Conventional business models are being challenged in industries all around...

- June 14, 2013

How Do Different Utilities Determine the Value of Solar?

Several utilities have implemented, proposed, or are researching the use of value of solar (VOS) tariffs as a means to institute financially sustainable transactions with distributed...

- June 07, 2013

Are Commissions No Longer Needed for Clean Energy?

Electric utilities are often criticized for their risk-adverse nature and being perceived as a roadblock to efforts that will modernize or “green up” the grid.  For stakeholders advocating...

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