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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The August 21st solar eclipse: How and where it’ll impact solar production

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On August 21, 2017, the U.S. will experience a solar eclipse for the first time since May 2012. The eclipse will cause an obscuration of the sun’s light, resulting in a reduction of the energy from irradiance that will hit the Earth’s surface. As the eclipse crosses the U.S., it…

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Three reasons not to build your own software

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We often talk with utility customers who are considering the classic build versus buy decision for software. Should they use their own utility IT staff, or a subcontractor, to build and maintain custom software? Or should they partner with a vendor with a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software application that can be…

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How Orange and Rockland Utilities reduced interconnection application errors by 95%

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PowerClerk: The DER interconnection control center In September 2016, we released an important new integration capability that enables utilities to use PowerClerk® to create their own distributed energy resource (DER) interconnection control center. By using web service integrations and a cloud-hosted business process management solution as a central hub, utilities…

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