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The five-step guide to a smarter grid

Smart grid technologies offer a range of potential benefits, but maximising the value of grid modernisation programmes is easier said than done. Mike O’Boyle of US-based think tank Energy Innovation describes the five-step framework his organisation has developed to help utilities and public regulators pursue grid modernisation in a way that benefits everyone.

AES CEO Andres Gluski on how his new storage venture will enable the 'network of the future'

Most recognize the promise of storage to provide grid services and even help defer some investments as an alternative to traditional grid upgrades. But start talking about batteries as an alternative to generation — such as replacing gas peakers — and many utilities get sheepish.

That’s the case even with utility leaders in energy storage. When Tucson Electric Power signed a breakthrough 4.5¢/kWh contract for a solar-plus-storage facility, executives steered away from comparing its capabilities to gas peakers.

California Assembly pulls residential storage rebate bill off agenda, delaying it until 2018

Touted as the energy storage version of the state's highly successful California Solar Incentive (CSI), the measure would have worked in tandem with the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). SGIP already set aside funding for residential energy storage through 2019, but have mostly been used to deploy C&I systems. The bill would have taken those efforts a step further to drive down system costs for residential ratepayers, and even allocated about 30% of its funding for low-income customers.

60 Countries’ Digital Competitiveness, Indexed

As part of a collaboration between the Fletcher School at Tufts University and Mastercard, we created the Digital Evolution Index and analyzed the state and rate of digital evolution across 60 countries. This evolution is the outcome of an interplay among four drivers, with about 170 indicators across them.

Southern will test Tesla batteries in 1 MWh pilot for Gulf Power subsidiary

Southern Co. has been active lately in pursuing grid edge solutions. Late last month, Southern formed a strategic alliance with Advanced Microgrid Solutions for the joint development of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources across the United States.  

And last October, Southern formed a partnership with Bloom Energy to secure 50 MW of fuel cells under long-term power purchase agreements with the aim of combining the fuel cells with battery storage to create a new offering for customers.

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