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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MN Solar Pathways: Illuminating pathways to 10% solar

On March 30, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Commerce along with its core team, kicked off its Department of Energy-funded MN Solar Pathways project aimed at finding the least-risk, best-value solutions for MN to achieve its solar energy goals. Clean Power Research is a member of the core team, which also…

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

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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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Electric vehicles provide large GHG reductions in Minnesota

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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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Version control: Your bankable signpost in a digital world

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If you own an iPhone, you’ve seen the familiar message “iOS 9.3.3 is available for your iPhone and is ready to install.” If you’re like me, you hit “Remind me later” a few dozen times before you actually install the update. Call me paranoid, but I always have to take…

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Electric vehicles: Increasing the bottom line for consumers and utilities

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There are currently 14 all-electric vehicles (EVs) on the market, and eight of the top-ten vehicle manufacturers now have a plug-in vehicle for the average consumer in their line-up. With all the news, there is no doubt that Tesla Model 3 reservations of more than 370,000 vehicles is a big…

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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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Solar+ homes (Part 11): After Installation

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This is the eleventh article of an 11-part series on Solar+ homes. The series describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles and appliance electrification to create households that are fully powered by solar electricity—even in existing homes. A Solar+ home provides substantial economic and…

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