From smart grid to neural grid: Well, how do I get there?

“Your regulated monopoly is threatened by burgeoning distributed generation and growing competition. The falling price of solar and energy storage means that somewhere in the not-too-distant future, homeowners and businesses alike may well be able to affordably go off-grid — or at least reduce their consumption so greatly as to break your business model. Meanwhile,…

Can California achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2040? Jerry Brown thinks so

“The California Public Utilities Commission recently released its annual renewables portfolio standard report showing that large investor-owned utilities have already executed the renewable electricity contracts necessary to exceed their 33 percent RPS requirement for 2020 — and are on track to meet the 2030 RPS requirement of 50 percent renewables a full 10 years early.…

Top 10 utility regulation trends of 2017

“Not surprisingly, the challenges PUCs are grappling with are wide-ranging and diverse: utility business model reforms, distribution system planning, grid modernization, rate design changes, large investments in renewables, transportation electrification, energy storage, wholesale market changes, and data access, to name a few. Here is a roundup of the top 10 matters before PUCs in 2017.”…

As grid modernization accelerates, which states are in the lead, and why?

A recent paper by consultant Scott Madden defined grid modernization as innovation that makes the power system “more resilient, responsive, and interactive.” Defining and deploying grid modernization is becoming pivotal for policymakers. In Q3 2017, there were 184 proposed, pending or enacted legislative or regulatory gird modernization efforts in 33 states and D.C., according to…
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