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Solar and Distributed Generation: Utility Business Model Threat or Rate Design Problem?

By Bill Malcolm, Guest Author* During the last two years, the utility industry has awoken to the role of solar and other forms of distributed generation and their impact on the utility business model.  At an Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission forum, … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Barriers to Rooftop Solar

The following post is courtesy of Clean Energy Collective By Emily Hois, Clean Energy Collective The dramatic decline in the cost of solar energy, combined with a greater understanding of its financial benefits have made rooftop solar more appealing to homeowners … Continue reading

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Lucrative Retirement Plan Includes Solar Energy

The following post is courtesy of Clean Energy Collective and provides a unique angle to investing in solar energy. By Emily Hois, Clean Energy Collective Today’s life expectancy in America is eight years longer than it was in 1970. That’s eight … Continue reading

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Electric Industry Seeks Balance between Distributed Generation and the Traditional Grid

by Matthew Rose, Enerdynamics’ Instructor The industry “topic du jour” in 2013 was that utilities are facing dramatic and potentially disastrous changes to their business. These revelations could be traced to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) assertion that various “disruptive … Continue reading

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Will Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon Displace Your Utility?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor One of the more outspoken and forward-thinking executives in today’s energy industry is NRG Energy’s CEO David Crane.  When recently asked who NRG’s competitors will be in the future, he responded: “If … Continue reading

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Virtual Net Metering and the Future of Community Solar

Thanks to the folks at Clean Energy Collective for sharing this great article!  by Emily Hois, Clean Energy Collective Community solar is gaining momentum across the United States, making solar energy available to more people than ever before. One of … Continue reading

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States and Utilities Rethinking Customer-funded Energy Efficiency Programs?

By Matthew Rose, Enerdynamics Instructor  The level of spending and activity in customer-funded energy efficiency programs is rising. With the increase in state-level energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) and compliance targets, funding for energy efficiency programs reflects an increasing commitment.  At … Continue reading

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Germany’s Energiewende – Transformation by Government Policy or Utility Business Imperatives?

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Throughout most of the world, Germany is known for its business-oriented practicality and adherence to fiscally conservative policies. Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, is dubbed throughout Europe as Germany’s “Iron Lady” or Mrs. Nein for her … Continue reading

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Do Solar and Wind Cause Power Plants to Release More Pollution? No Says NREL

Thanks to our friends at SolarReviews.com  for this insightful post! by Chris Meehan, SolarReviews.com One rather odd—but somehow sticking—protest against solar and wind power is that they cause fossil fuel power plants to release significantly more emissions as they cycle electric … Continue reading

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Is Net Metering a Net Benefit or a Net Cost?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor The historical utility business model is for utilities to build large power plants at remote locations, build transmission lines to transport it to load centers, and build distribution lines to distribute the … Continue reading

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