Distributed energy integration is the watchword for this year’s DistribuTech conference in New Orleans, even if the number of utilities diving headlong into DERs as an integral part of their power grid are relatively few, and the move is mainly driven by necessity. 

Take Hawaiian Electric, the utility serving the country’s most solar-saturated power grids, each literally islanded from the other, and heading toward the state’s 100 percent by 2045 clean energy mandate. The utility is grappling with the integration of distributed PV, large-scale solar and wind, in-front-of and behind-the-meter batteries, electric vehicles, and other potentially disruptive technologies — and better ways to manage all of them. 


With advances in technology, the pathways to 100 percent renewable energy are becoming clear. As a result, the central challenge has become less about how to get there, and more about how to pay for it.

The Town of Marbletown, in New York's Hudson River Valley, is finding that problem is solving itself.

Marbletown is a town of 5,500 people covering 55 square miles on the edges of the Catskills and Shawangunk Mountains, containing the hamlets of Stone Ridge and High Falls. Despite its small population, Marbletown has two advantages that most other municipalities around the country lack: a community choice aggregation policy and a lack

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey on Thursday released their much-anticipated resolution for a Green New Deal. It calls for 100 percent clean energy to supply all U.S. power through a decade-long national mobilization. 

Though the resolution adds more details to the idea of a Green New Deal, which started as an ambitious but broad concept to create environmentally just jobs and fight climate change, the resolution is still a starting point. Further legislation would determine how the federal government meets the goals laid out in the document.  

And the goals are significant.

The resolution calls for supplying all

Almost as soon as Pacific Gas & Electric announced that it was saddled with liability from several deadly wildfires and would be filing for bankruptcy, San Francisco Mayor London Breed directed the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to look at taking local control of power distribution.

On January 29, PG&E, California’s largest utility, officially filed for bankruptcy. The next day, in Breed’s State of the City address, she was bullish about public power in San Francisco.

"San Francisco knows how to run a clean power system, and we are going to get to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030," she said. "And if this

Sunrun will get its chance to prove that home batteries and solar panels can stack up against traditional power plants.

The San Francisco-based company won a 20 megawatt bid in the forward capacity auction for ISO New England, which operates the electric grid in six northeastern states. That auction ensures that enough grid capacity will be online in 2022.

Unlike previous winners, Sunrun did not bid a traditional power plant. Its product is a network of small solar and battery installations that will go into roughly 5,000 customer homes across the region. The company is promising to aggregate across those systems to deliver the necessary

Tokyo Electric Power Company, Japan’s largest utility, is wooing Ørsted to its shores, as the leading Danish offshore wind developer ponders its future in Taiwan.

Tepco and Ørsted signed a memorandum of understanding last month, while the developer weighed up whether to go ahead with 900 megawatts of offshore wind capacity in a wind farm off Taiwan’s Changhua County. The future of the project was thrown in doubt when the Taiwanese government slashed its feed-in tariff by 6 percent.

Henrik Poulsen, Ørsted’s chief executive, told the Financial Times that his board would make a final decision on the Changhua project in the second quarter of

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