Paradigm shift for U.S. utilities: “Energy” efficiency, not “electric” efficiency

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Stagnant load stinks If you’re a regulated utility in the United States, stagnant or declining load stinks. Policies like decoupling help a little, but like any other business, no utility really wants to face the economics of declining use of their product. If one view sums up the current dilemma for…

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Winds of change?

China has an opportunity to massively increase its use of wind power — if it properly integrates wind into its existing power system, according to a newly published MIT study. The study forecasts that wind power could provide 26 percent of China’s projected electricity demand by 2030, up from 3…

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How to validate PV fleet forecast accuracy when you cannot directly measure it

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The capacity of behind-the-meter PV systems is growing steadily. Figure 1 illustrates that there is over 5 GW of PV in California alone. The number is continuing to increase. The result is that behind-the-meter PV fleet forecasts are becoming increasingly important for utility operations. The impact of behind-the-meter PV production…

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