Tesla-SolarCity merger: a utility’s worst nightmare or sweetest dream?


On November 17, 2016, shareholders will vote on whether to approve the merger of Tesla and SolarCity. If approved, this merger would bundle together a triangle of disruptive distributed energy resources (DERs): rooftop solar, electric vehicles and battery storage. The attractiveness of Tesla products is undeniable, and as consumer interest…

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How one utility is advancing DER workflow management: Tucson Electric Power’s story


In a recent webinar survey, 94% of utility respondents indicated that email is used to trigger interconnection project reviews across departments. While email is an excellent notification tool, it’s an ineffective task management solution. When email is used for task management, it’s all too easy to lose track of work priority…

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These are some of America’s cloudiest cities. And guess what: they’re producing tons of solar power.

In many of America’s cloudiest cities, one thing is clear: their residents are producing tons of solar power. Cloudiness and solar energy may seem incompatible, but the truth is that solar panels can provide tremendous value even in cloudy climates. The most famous international example of this is Germany. While…

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Electric vehicles provide large GHG reductions in Minnesota


This week’s blog post is a contribution from our guest author Dane McFarlane, of Great Plains Institute (GPI) and was originally published on GPI’s Better Energy, Better World. To learn more about how Clean Power Research is helping customers understand the value of an EV check out this post by Gavin…

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