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The first rule of connecting DERs: Keep it simple

There’s an under-discussed barrier to the growth of DERs on homes — utilities struggle with interconnection. The technical act of connecting a home to solar and grid power is surprisingly difficult — it is time-consuming, expensive, and complicated.

FERC’s Office of Public Participation takes shape

The public is soon going to have a seat at the top federal energy regulatory table. Even though Congress asked for this a long time ago (in 1978), only recently in the COVID omnibus...
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Five tips before acquiring a site for battery energy storage

Are you part of California's surging development of battery energy storage projects? If so, you may already know that it is being driven by policy initiatives including California's goal to achieve 100% carbon-neutral energy by 2045, public...
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Spinning reserve displacement: Using batteries for a more efficient and cleaner way to back...

Actors have their stunt doubles, great musicians have their understudies, and sportspeople have substitutes — someone to step in when they're out of action and ensure that the show goes on. But it's not just sports and...
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Massachusetts is setting the benchmark for nationwide clean energy transformation

Our nation's transition to a renewables-based energy future continues to gain momentum, despite the challenging times we face. Now more than ever, innovative policy frameworks are important drivers to accelerate our clean energy future with no compromise...
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Why competitive transmission should extend to low-voltage projects

FERC Order 1000 opened higher voltage (345 kV and above) for competitive transmission. But not many projects in PJM's expansion plan are of higher voltage. For renewable energy developers to benefit from storage as...
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The EV infrastructure challenge

$/kW-port — The next frontier in clean transportation It's hard to believe we may look back on the social distancing of 2020 and find things we miss.  If we do, I'll bet one will be...
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What Time Of Use rate makes sense for residential energy arbitrage?

Residential electric utility customers rarely have opportunities to use energy arbitrage — buy low and sell high. But with the right TOU rate, a residential customer can make arbitrage work as energy costs increase,...

Why the time is right for FERC to issue a NOPR on peaking power...

With the majority of the country's workforce at home and most businesses and industries either operating at reduced capacity or temporarily shut down, COVID-19 has reduced electric demand across the board. This unprecedented drop...
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Energy startups find positivity in pandemic

Last month, I had the pleasure of chatting via phone call with five stakeholders from our Initiate startup program in the US. I was curious to find out what the impacts of COVID-19 feel like for...