Turning heat into electricity

What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun’s heat during a warm summer’s day? With advancements in thermoelectric technology, this sustainable solution might one day become a reality. Thermoelectric devices are made from materials that can convert a temperature difference into electricity,…

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Buy or build? NREL examines the pros and cons for DER application processing systems

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released their independent study on “Improving Interconnection Processes with Online Application Processing Systems” for distributed energy resources (DERs). As DERs become even more prevalent, the toll on internal utility resources to manage the application process is driving more and more utilities to automate…

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Residential rates: Can utilities increase customer satisfaction while decreasing peak load?

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Recently, utilities have been turning to residential time-of-use and demand rates to send customers better pricing signals. But the questions remain: Will these new residential rates succeed in changing customer behavior? What happens to customer satisfaction? Customers prefer rate options Many utilities are turning to residential rates that include pricing…

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