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Network Resource Interconnection Service is a better choice than ERIS for small-scale renewable developers

Network Resource Interconnection Service is a better choice than ERIS for small-scale renewable developers

A common question for renewable developers interconnecting to a transmission system is whether they should pay more and procure a network resource interconnection service (NRIS) or pay less for energy resource interconnection service (ERIS)? The difference is this: A network service reserves transmission capacity on the grid for the renewable developer whereas an energy service does not. With an energy […]
SEPA’s Top Ten Solar Utilities Report Shows Strong Solar Growth

SEPA’s Top Ten Solar Utilities Report Shows Strong Solar Growth

Yesterday, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) unveiled its third-annual top ten utility solar rankings. The organization said that overall growth in solar integration by utilities defined 2009, but named many of the usual suspects to its list.
100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for 24 Hours

100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for 24 Hours

On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois. 
Clean Energy Leadership Emerging in Washington, DC

Clean Energy Leadership Emerging in Washington, DC

About a month ago, legislators for the District of Columbia introduced a bill that, if passed, could revolutionize how utilities deliver power to customers. The bill is known as the Distributed Energy Resources Authority Act. It would establish an independent body that ensures DC utilities look at non-wires alternatives whenever they propose to spend more than $25M on construction to expand capacity or enhance reliability. The independent body would determine if any of the capacity or reliability requirements could be met with energy efficiency, demand response or distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and storage.
Mississippi Net Metering Rules Advance

Mississippi Net Metering Rules Advance

Mississippi, one of the last states that have not created a net metering policy, might soon have a rule created. On Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously to issue rules that will create a framework allowing customers to install rooftop solar and sell excess electricity to their utility company. Public comments are due by July 1, 2015, […]
Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 “Next Steps”

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 “Next Steps”

Principles, Structure, and Policies of Energy Democracy Energy democracy can best be described as an electricity system that empowers the individuals and communities that have the energy resources of the 21st century (e.g. wind and solar) to economically benefit from their use. It shares the principles of utility 2.0 – an efficient, low- carbon, and flexible electricity system – and […]
Two New Reports on Utility-Scale Solar

Two New Reports on Utility-Scale Solar

Utility-scale solar is still something of a novelty in the renewable energy ecosystem. Large-scale deployment of these multi-megawatt (MW) installations has only recently been enabled in the United States by two key pieces of federal legislation and state-level implementation of renewable energy standards. The market boomed in 2011, adding more than 760 MW of capacity and ending the year with a bullish outlook for 2012.
Drill for Geothermal Power in Developing Countries and on King Street

Drill for Geothermal Power in Developing Countries and on King Street

Geothermal industry veteran Hezy Ram has worked in the industry for over three decades. His career began with 28 years of experience at Ormat (ORA), where he was Executive Vice President of Business Development, after which he founded Ram Power Corp. (RPG.TO/RAMPF.PK) in 2009. In February, he resigned as CEO of Ram Power shortly after the company warned of significant delays and cost overruns at a key Nicaraguan project, a move he says was motivated by irreconcilable differences with other board members and major shareholders regarding the company's strategy.
EV prospects increasing in MISO region, Part 1 of 3

EV prospects increasing in MISO region, Part 1 of 3

With the increase in Electric Vehicles’ availability in Midwest states, it is time to acknowledge the opportunities for charging EVs at the MISO regional grid operator level. Compared to other grid operators, MISO is unique due to its decreasing fossil-fueled power generation output and increasing the renewable output. Unlike California, MISO does not have a duck curve problem yet. Hence, […]
10 Energy Numbers to Remember from 2014

10 Energy Numbers to Remember from 2014

AUTHORS: Barry Fischer, Aaron Tinjum, and Casey Davis-Van Atta      Sometimes energy makes headlines, sometimes it doesn’t. But it almost always has important implications for the global economy, the environment, and our day-to-day lives. Here are 10 energy statistics from 2014, studied and compiled by Opower, that capture some of the most noteworthy trends of the year, and that will shape […]