Distributed Generation

  • Jun 12, 2014 | Scott Samuelsen

    Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and professor of mechanical, aerospace and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, gives us a rundown of the power of fuel cells.

  • May 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Steven Collier, writing here as an IEEE smart grid expert, examines the "daunting challenges for planning, deployment, operations, and management of infrastructure, procurement and utilization of resources and provision of services" within our future urban areas.

  • Apr 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We sat down with Guerry Waters, vice president of industry strategy at Oracle Utilities, to talk about issues a utility needs to start work on this year and, specifically, how every utility can tackle big data.

  • Feb 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    DONG Energy is Denmark’s largest energy company. For this installment of the utility2utility article series, we spoke to Ivan K. Pedersen, head of DONG’s Power Hub about renewables and partnerships.

  • Feb 05, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We asked insiders at Intel, PJM and UAI what they see as the biggest issues to tackle through 2020 for this industry and how we do just that--tackle them.

  • Jan 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Beyond the pure aesthetic aspect, there’s been growing concern with consumers on how wind farms may impact individual real estate prices. In other words, will that view of the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm that I find an uplifting road trip memory be a real downer for surrounding landowners when they go to sell? Researchers have studied this, actually. Here are the results.

  • Jan 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released their annual short-term energy outlook. For the first time, it looks ahead farther than ever—into 2015. So, what does it predict for the future of power in the U.S.? We’ll give you the highlights and the warnings in three easy steps.

  • Dec 08, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Patrick G. McHugh, vice president of Brooklyn/Queens electric operations, and Margarett L. Jolly, director, research and development, discuss the utility's solar project with Jetro Cash and Carry in the Bronx, including the details to install a behemoth 1.56-megawatt array of 4760 Sunpower E20 panels atop Jetro's store and warehouse.

  • Dec 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Ralph Masiello, an IEEE smart grid technical expert and an IEEE Life Fellow, writes about microgrid uses, complications and solutions.

  • Nov 04, 2013 | Lena Hansen

    Lena Hansen, principal with the Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity practice, writes, "Distributed resources—rooftop photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicles, demand response and even storage—are not only here to stay but are increasingly likely to catalyze a transformation in grid operations, planning, and design; customer engagement; and information flow."

  • “Simple is good”
  • May 29, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Rick Tempchin, executive director of retail energy services for the Edison Electric Institute, asks us to take another look at net metering and how it impacts the economy of power.

  • May 13, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In all honesty, utilities have wanted transactive energy for years. As the market becomes more open, utilities have lagged behind because their product isn’t priced by ability to supply or quantity of demand. Transactive energy could change all of that (for good or bad, depending on where you’re at geographically and in consumption and, also, how much you’re willing to pay attention to fluctuations).

  • May 12, 2013 | Paul De Martini

    Transactive energy markets hold the promise to achieve economic efficiency and reliability across the bulk power system and distribution networks. This research area was identified in the Caltech Resnick Sustainability Institute’s Grid2020 report released last fall, and was the topic of the third discussion of the series in April 2013 (reviewed in this article).

  • Mar 31, 2013 | Paul De Martini

    Insights from Caltech's Grid 2020 series: By 2020, nearly 30 percent of total U.S. resource capacity may come from customers’ generation and responsive demand. Keys to making these policies successful as we reach tipping points of customer adoption are getting the pricing right and creating new services for customer resources, says Paul De Martini, Resnick Institute Visiting Scholar, Caltech.

  • Mar 20, 2013 | Paul De Martini

    Widespread adoption of rooftop solar and other forms of distributed generation and responsive demand is transforming the mix of resources used to meet customers’ energy needs and manage the grid, speakers at Caltech’s Resnick Institute’s Grid2020 discussion series revealed. 

  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features ScottMadden's view of significant events and emerging trends in the industry.
  • Annual e-fest now regular stop for power industry

    Jan 08, 2013 | Phil Carson

    What makes consumers sit up and take notice, besides wall-sized flat screen TVs? Keep an eye on the Consumer Electronic Show this week in Las Vegas for a birds-eye view of the idolatry of gadgetry. The power industry may need to leverage it.

  • Jan 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Distributed energy—energy located with the end user and not stretched across a transmission network of wires and substations—will continue to follow the trend set by an intelligent grid: As the grid expands its smarts, distributed energy expands it’s reach. Is your infrastructure prepared?

  • Global survey reflects interest in storage, generation and islanding

    Dec 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    An IEEE survey of global utility executives finds that energy storage, distributed generation and microgrids will drive energy markets over the next five years. It's not your father's utility anymore.