Are utilities prepared to handle DER administration through their 20-year lifecycle?

Today, utilities are facing pressure from customers and regulatory agencies to approve DER (distributed energy resource) applications for interconnection quickly. However, utilities will need to track and manage interconnected DERs through their lifecycle, which can be 20 years or more. Smart utilities are thinking ahead about how they will maintain…

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Can Hawaiian Electric convince customers to invest in solar and battery storage without pushing them off the grid?

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As of September 2016, all three Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO, MECO and HELCO) had reached the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) Customer Grid-Supply program limit. Now, Hawaiians interested in installing rooftop solar will want to consider installing battery storage to offset most of the electricity they use with solar-generated energy. Of…

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DERs take center stage at DistribuTECH

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At the recent DistribuTECH Conference in San Diego, more than 13,000 attendees spent three engaging days discussing the biggest issues facing utilities today. One of the hottest topics, judging by session attendance and exhibit floor conversations, was Distributed Energy Resource (DER) forecasting and management. DERs are disrupting the utility business…

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Utilities speed up interconnection with ePayments

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There is a growing expectation among utility customers that interactions with their energy providers will take place digitally, online. This “digital transformation” is unlocking opportunities for utilities to streamline business processes and increase customer satisfaction, among other things. One way utilities can take advantage of the digital transformation is by…

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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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NARUC aims to level the playing field for cloud software

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Just last week, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) approved a resolution encouraging State regulators to level the playing field for cloud software and on-premise software. Why is this resolution critically important for utilities? Let’s examine the current state. The cloud revolution New service and delivery models are…

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

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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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Net metering changes: An opportunity to improve customer satisfaction

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Electric utilities are introducing new rate designs for mass-market (residential and small commercial) customers to better align with costs to serve and to encourage energy use habits that benefit the grid. However, with innovative rate designs utilities can achieve more than improved cost recovery and a healthier load shape; they…

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100,000 Applications in PowerClerk Interconnect and 500K in all PowerClerk products

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The proliferation of distributed energy resource (DER) adoption, particularly solar, across the U.S. in recent years has led to a common pattern of records being set, for utilities, installers, and more.  Along those lines, last week marked an important achievement for Clean Power Research – the one hundred thousandth application…

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