Tag: Utility Integration

San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation Program for Clean Energy Goes Online

San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program for clean energy — CleanPowerSF — has arrived. First proposed in 1998, the program has been mired in conflicting agendas for almost two decades, mirroring the erratic evolution of the CCA movement as a whole over that same period of time. Now, finally, the program is online and serving 7,800 locations with a load of 40 MW. At full capacity, CleanPowerSF plans to deliver 400 MW of power to over 300,000 accounts.

Utilities Are Sending the Wrong Message on Energy

Typically, energy engagement programs focus narrowly on specific concerns, such as saving money. These programs may hit their short-term goals, but tend to fall short in the long run. We’ve been working with clients for years to solve this problem. We — along with numerous social science researchers — have found that energy consumption behaviors and attitudes are deeply loaded with emotion, and are far from rational. We’ve learned that for effective, long-term results, it’s necessary to make energy human.

Listen Up: Bob Dylan Summed It Up – ‘The Times [of the Rates], They are a Changing.’

California utilities are changing their Time of Use (TOU) rate schedules, and the changes are not good for solar customers. If you are in PG&E territory, you should immediately consider changing your electric rate plan. If you are in other California utility districts, check with your solar installer to optimize your rates. If you’re not in California, continue to be vigilant and advocate for favorable solar rates and net metering.

Mapping the Grid of the Future: How our Electric Grid is Changing in Very Big Ways

There is a far-reaching transformation underway in the electricity industry. The electric grid that has powered our lives for more than a century is undergoing major changes, in response both to technological advancements and the consumer demand these new technologies have unleashed. In short: the grid is modernizing and it’s happening all across the country.

Energy Storage Set for Record Year in 2016

With almost 3GW of energy storage capacity either in operation or planned, analysis firm IHS believes the energy storage market will rise significantly in the near future.

Battery cost reductions, government funding programs and utility tenders led to a 45 percent increase in the global energy storage pipeline in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the previous quarter. According to IHS the global pipeline of planned battery and flywheel projects had reached 1.6 GW by the end of Q4 2015.

“Suppliers and developers around the world are preparing for a record year in 2016, with significant growth projected in a wide range of regions and market segments,” said Marianne Boust, principal analyst for IHS Technology.