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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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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3 tools to achieve error-free energy program application submissions

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Managing the energy program application process can require a lot of resources. Accurate and error-free applications are crucial for reporting, quick application reviews, tracking program performance, and in the case of utility energy programs, higher-level planning such as forecasting and grid planning. However, applications submitted in the form of PDFs…

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Southern California Edison’s journey to same-day interconnection

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Winning Smart Electric Power Alliance’s top award for connecting the most solar in 2015—1,258 new MW of capacity—didn’t come without challenges for Southern California Edison. Adding that much capacity meant that the utility connected a new solar customer to the grid every nine minutes in 2015. That represents a tremendous…

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