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Visualizing Disruptive Technology Pay-Off

We face today an enormous challenge of making sense of the complexity that swirls around us.  It is not just data; it is the context in which stuff is happening that could change the insight we get from the data.  It is not just volatility; it is the trade-off analysis that slows decisions for fear Read more about Visualizing Disruptive Technology Pay-Off[…]

Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?

California is experiencing growing concerns over resource adequacy.  The CAISO took the unusual step of objecting to the proposed shut down of the Calpine Sutter natural gas power plant at FERC saying the plant would be needed as soon as 2017 to assure resource adequacy and thus is made no sense to shut it down Read more about Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?[…]

Grid Parity Arriving with a Fury!

For years advocates of wind and solar energy have been telling us that prices would fall and these clean, renewable technologies would be competitive with natural gas.  That sweet spot is often referred to as grid parity. Congratulations that day of grid parity success has arrived! At its December meeting the California Public Utilities Commission Read more about Grid Parity Arriving with a Fury![…]

California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List

As part of its year-end approval of pending renewable energy procurement contracts the California Public Utilities Commission got some good news from the falling prices of solar PV panels. Of the 544 MW of solar projects on the CPUC’s December 15th agenda 294 MW (54%) were at or below ‘grid parity’ which is defined in Read more about California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List[…]

Signing Long Term Solar Power Contracts in a Falling Price Market

“The PPA unnecessarily saddles ratepayers with extraordinary above-market costs — $1.25 billion. We could probably get almost 500 megawatts of renewable energy for the price we’re paying for this 250 megawatts.”—CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio. That was the essence of Commissioner Florio’s pique in voting no on the approval of a purchase power agreement between PG&E Read more about Signing Long Term Solar Power Contracts in a Falling Price Market[…]

How Much will Clean Energy REALLY Cost?

That is the question customers are asking as their utility rates go up to pay for the cumulative cost of the aspirations of politicians and regulators.  But until now the answer to that question was hard to get at least in California where under state law and utility regulations the costs of utility procurement of Read more about How Much will Clean Energy REALLY Cost?[…]

The Future of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response is Embedded Technology

This week Congress debated whether to overturn the rule banning the incandescent light bulb.  The bill did not get the 2/3 vote needed to advanced.  Environmental advocates cheered this ‘enlightened action’ but failed to mention that more than a majority of members voted for the bill. Does that mean the majority are rejecting energy efficiency? Read more about The Future of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response is Embedded Technology[…]

THE SET-UP: Net Metering and our Customer Aggregation Future

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision setting a price utilities will pay customers with roof top solar systems for their net metering contribution of energy to the utility. The decision itself is narrowly focused on the net metering price question at hand, but it sets the stage for a much more profound policy Read more about THE SET-UP: Net Metering and our Customer Aggregation Future[…]

Smart Energy Data Privacy

UPDATED: July 29, 2011 The disruptive new technology opportunities unleashed by smart meters and the data they produce has provoked a debate over who will gain access to that smart meter data and what can they do with it. Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission opened R.08.12.009, a rulemaking proceeding on smart meter data privacy.  Read more about Smart Energy Data Privacy[…]

Smart Meter Makers Act II

What’s next for Smart Meter Manufacturers? As the pace of smart meter installation has grown so have the problems facing the companies that make them.  The biggest problem near term has been depending upon utilities to adequately engage customers in the process of smart meter deployment and addressing their concerns including meter accuracy, electromagnetic field Read more about Smart Meter Makers Act II[…]