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Due to the variance in many renewable power generation methods, many utilities are looking into energy storage technologies that would store excess solar energy for peak demand times.
Date: 10/02/2009
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
Residential charging of electric cars may draw more power than local neighborhood grids are set up to handle. The popularity of electric cars in California has led utilities to take steps to accommodate the increase in electric cars on the grid.
Date: 08/20/2013
Type: Article
While electric cars have the potential to do a lot of good for the air and the environment, they also push utilities toward their limits. This article examines the modifications utility companies will have to make to accommodate the widespread use of electric cars.
Date: 10/18/2012
Type: Article
Though nearly all electric utilities are aware of the threats of power outages, higher costs, and increased electric demand associated with climate change, few have plans to cope with the impact.
Date: 08/21/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Climate Change, Utilities
By investing in off-peak energy storage systems, specifically compressed air storage, the utility companies could make better use of government incentives meant to promote energy efficiency.
Date: 10/28/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
A major Smart Meter company, eMeter, has acquired more funding to meet the rise in smart grid product demand.
Date: 07/22/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
A report from Lux Research reveals that costly natural gas peaker plants are still winning out over next-generation alternative technologies for helping utilities dealing with peak energy demand.
Date: 07/21/2010
Type: Blog
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairman Jon Wellinghoff speaks on energy efficiency in relation to utility companies and the Smart Grid
Date: 10/16/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Although small in size, First Solar's first utility-scale PV plant sets the stage for larger projects to come.
Date: 01/18/2010
Type: News

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