Extent of demand response: A new study by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Navigant, and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) shows that a new record of 18.3 gigawatts of electricity use was avoided, deferred, or otherwise managed through demand response activities last year, involving 155 utilities across the country

From Clean Technica, 10 Nov 2018 As more households and businesses install rooftop solar and begin tracking their energy production, an increasing number of solar hosts are diving into a variety demand response opportunities —some at the behest of the utilities — to reduce their electricity bills. Whether the demand response activities involve air conditioning use or EV charging management, …

‘Not your grandma’s DER’: Distributed resources modernize, prove value to grid: New, smart DER can go beyond customer benefits to help stabilize utility systems

New, smart DER can go beyond customer benefits to help stabilize utility systems. By Herman K. Trabish by Utility Dive.com, Sept. 27, 2018 Proof is emerging that distributed energy resources (DER) can deliver services to the power system in addition to the customers who buy and install them. DER advocates say the resources can respond quickly to the grid’s need to …

V2G services can provide EV owners with an addition $11,000 over 10 years, in addition to residual value, but battery degradation is still a question

Why Fleets Can Overestimate The Total Cost Of Ownership For EVs.  By Joshua Gordon, FleetCarma, August 7, 2018 The total cost of ownership (TCO) measures the real cost of a vehicle. Due to regulation and cost pressures, fleet owners are continuously looking for ways to reduce operating costs. Traditionally, the life-cycle costs of conventional vehicles (CVs) have remained unchanged. However, with the …

Energy system innovation in NY

 April 3 2018 Launched in August of 2017 by New York State to help implement the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), REV Connect brings solutions providers and New York’s six investor-owned utilities together to accelerate innovation, develop new business models, and deliver value to all energy consumers. REV Connect makes this possible through online idea submissions that are shared …

Empowering the Powerless: Here’s How To End Energy Poverty

From The Conversation, By Jatin Nathwani, University of Waterloo, Sunday, February 4, 2018  When households switch from kerosene lamps to electric light bulbs, they gain 100 times as much light energy for reading, studying, cooking and cultural activities for the same amount of money.   Since 2010, we have witnessed dramatic declines in the cost of key energy technologies: 95 per cent for LED lighting, 60 per cent for solar PV and …

Utility planners are beginning to think about how distributed solar can serve system needs

Excerpt Cross-posted from Utility Dive, Sept 2018 “Utilities are starting to plan for customers adding distributed solar and for procuring it themselves,” Andrew Mills, lead author of the study, told Utility Dive. “We wanted to know how they are doing it.” The report also assesses planning by five system operators, along with distribution system analysis in California, New York, Hawaii, and …