Distributed Generation

  • The 5 hurdles to that shiny, renewables-filled future

    Jan 12, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Crane wrote a very heartfelt and supportive note to his NRG colleagues on his departure, but he couldn’t resist one nicely worded jab—that clean energy is the future and we must accept that now. Getting there, however, isn't quite as simple as just saying the future is clean energy. 

  • An interview with Matthew Ketschke, VP of distributed resource integration

    Dec 24, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We chat with Matthew Ketschke, VP of distributed resource integration for Con Edison, about the dying utility biz model, IoT, DR, a data deluge and what the utility has learned navigating all these things in the last few years.

  • How do we get there?
  • The Eiffel evolves
  • Sep 21, 2015 | Bruce Edelston

    Success for distributed energy resources depends on the grid’s ability to accommodate  without endangering affordable electricity for all or threatening system reliability. 

  • Sep 09, 2015 | Letha Tawney

    Corporate buyers could bring real benefits to other energy customers. Working with their utilities, corporations could help to lock in low electricity costs that everyone can enjoy later.

  • Jul 31, 2015 | Guest Writer

    Are DERs increasing the cost of distribution grids? Are these resources delivering grid value without corresponding payments? Are they being cross-subsidized by other ratepayers? Will DERs be allowed to compete side-by-side with large-scale generators and traditional distribution grid equipment?

  • A look at IEEE’s Smart Village

    Jul 28, 2015 | Robin Podmore

    During this week of IEEE's PES General Meeting, we take a look at one of the association's more social projects, the Smart Village, which connects local needs with local resources when it comes to powering up communities. 

  • Courtesy of New York’s REV

    Jun 23, 2015 | Richard Kauffman

    While companies like Facebook, Amazon and Uber have embraced connectivity and distributed technologies to transform the ways we socialize, shop and travel, our energy system has changed little since the time of Thomas Edison.

  • Looking at grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems

    Apr 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Bodhi Rader, a senior associate in the electricity practice at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and a former energy industry analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, gives us a look inside RMI's recent "Economics of Load Defection" study. 

  • Case studies in renewables integration and the evolving grid
  • Sep 09, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Strategy is easy, my friends. Planning is hard. So, here are 10 disruptions to the utility industry to research as you lay out a road map to weather industry change. I have no doubt you’ll all survive the “revolution,” but good planning can help you make this change a positive and not an emergency.

  • 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.