Are utilities the key to kick-starting electric vehicle sales in 2016?

After three years of strong growth, plug-in electric vehicle (PEV or ‘EV’) growth fell in 2015. Lower gas prices and consumers waiting for the new 2016 Nissan Leaf (and its longer range) were part of the reason for the decrease in sales, but likely these factors don’t fully explain the trend. A lack of customer … Continued

2016: The year of enhanced energy price competition

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about the price of oil. While in past years that often meant oil prices were skyrocketing, today, oil is threatening to hit 20-year lows (in inflation adjusted dollars). Right now, oil demand is so low, and supply is so high, that some commentators are worried the world … Continued

2015 top five

In 2015, our most popular blog posts tracked closely with our overarching goal of “powering intelligent energy decisions.” Whether it’s behind-the-meter solar forecasts, tools for engaging consumers about their energy options, or understanding the ins and outs of new electric rates, we covered it this year. Here is a list of our top five viewed … Continued

Intelligently manage distributed solar fleets with an online system-of-record

Administrating an interconnection or incentive program can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping track of all the data. With multiple systems-of-record, program administrators can be forced to search through emails, paper documents, document management systems, legacy databases, file shares and more to find information for a single project. Dispersion of project information wastes … Continued

The proof is in: Integrating PV into the grid is better with behind-the-meter solar forecasts

In recent years, Clean Power Research created a solar forecast method to accurately predict power production of “invisible,” behind-the-meter PV systems—typically those found on homes and commercial buildings. In our approach, forecasts are generated by simulating the power output of an individual system based on its defined specification and the predicted solar radiation at its … Continued