Buy or build? NREL examines the pros and cons for DER application processing systems

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released their independent study on “Improving Interconnection Processes with Online Application Processing Systems” for distributed energy resources (DERs). As DERs become even more prevalent, the toll on internal utility resources to manage the application process is driving more and more utilities to automate…

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Residential rates: Can utilities increase customer satisfaction while decreasing peak load?

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Recently, utilities have been turning to residential time-of-use and demand rates to send customers better pricing signals. But the questions remain: Will these new residential rates succeed in changing customer behavior? What happens to customer satisfaction? Customers prefer rate options Many utilities are turning to residential rates that include pricing…

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Transitioning from NEM to successor tariffs can be a breeze for utilities

As net energy metering (NEM) evolves across the U.S., utilities are facing the challenge of meeting new successor tariff requirements related to application data collection, communication, performance, online payments and more. That transition can be tricky, particularly if the utility needs to keep current applicants informed about pending changes. These changes…

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SolarAnywhere FleetView Forecasts Top EPRI Study

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently completed a solar forecasting trial designed to help utilities understand the value that accurate solar prediction can bring to their energy market schedules and balancing operations. SolarAnywhere® FleetView® fared well in the trial, displaying the highest levels of accuracy in its PV generation…

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DER Program Managers – Get ahead of the storage surge!

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Storage – A Highly Charged Market One way to gauge hot topics in the utility world is to track what’s new on the DistribuTECH Conference agenda. Due to strong interest from utility attendees and the vendor community, the DistribuTECH Conference Committee decided to add a 15th track for the 2018…

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Industry leaders adopting Clean Power Research solutions

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At Clean Power Research, we like to think of ourselves as a small company doing big work. I reflected on this recently when I came across a list of the top 10 U.S. utilities (ranked by market capitalization, see Fig. 1) and noticed that 7 of the 10 were current…

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Attention DER/PV interconnection teams: Your system planners are relying on you!

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Recently I spoke with two very large investor owned utilities (IOUs) that are trying to backfill information for thousands and in some cases tens-of-thousands of PV systems located in their service territories. In other words, these system planners do not have equipment specifications for distributed energy resources (DERs) on their…

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Evidence of satellite-truth when comparing to ground irradiance measurements

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Troubleshooting ground measurements with satellite irradiance data We recently reported how the use of SolarAnywhere® Data made it possible for us to detect an unreported irradiance sensor calibration issue at one of the nation’s most trusted reference stations: the SURFRAD station of Fort Peck, Montana. We also reported in a…

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Utilities with industry-leading customer satisfaction use WattPlan

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The 2017 J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySMresults are in, and utilities that rank highest not only provide excellent reliability and rate options, many of them are also taking advantage of online engagement tools to improve the customer experience. With the rise in utility customer inquiries about distributed…

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How Duke Energy sped up payment processing by 90% with ePayments

In late 2016, Clean Power Research announced a new integration between PowerClerk® and Stripe for ePayment processing. Stripe allows applicants to pay fees such as application fees via an online system integrated with PowerClerk’s workflow, rather than physically mailing checks or other forms of out-of-band payment. Clean Power Research selected Stripe…

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