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Why EV strategy is important for utilities: SMUD’s story
Why EV strategy is important for utilities: SMUD’s story

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is increasing, and utilities are taking notice. In a May 25, 2017 webinar, “Shifting Utility EV Strategy into Drive: Best Practices and Lessons Learned1,” Thor Hinkley, EV senior program consultant at CLEAResult, pointed out that nearly...

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Three reasons not to build your own software
Three reasons not to build your own software

We often talk with utility customers who are considering the classic build versus buy decision for software. Should they use their own utility IT staff, or a subcontractor, to build and maintain custom software? Or should they partner with a vendor with a...

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Adapting utility processes to the reality of distributed PV
Adapting utility processes to the reality of distributed PV

Utility processes and systems impacted by distributed PV In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at how the growth of distributed PV can impact grid operation at the system level. These blogs addressed how distributed PV can lead to the often referenced “duck curve,” and...

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PowerClerk: Your 24/7 assistant, not just a front end tool
PowerClerk: Your 24/7 assistant, not just a front end tool

PowerClerk® as a system In the world of software, the term “front end” refers to elements that users interact with, the user interface (UI). A front end, in turn, may enable access to “back end” databases, other software, etc. Over the years, we’ve often heard...

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Destination: Integrated DER interconnection
Destination: Integrated DER interconnection

For utilities, getting to an integrated DER interconnection workflow may seem complicated. Our latest whitepaper - Resolving the Conflict Between Distribution Planning and Interconnection Processes – provides a road map for the journey. In fact, thinking about that...

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MN Solar Pathways: Illuminating pathways to 10% solar
MN Solar Pathways: Illuminating pathways to 10% solar

On March 30, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Commerce along with its core team, kicked off its Department of Energy-funded MN Solar Pathways project aimed at finding the least-risk, best-value solutions for MN to achieve its solar energy goals. Clean Power Research...

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Reducing PV project risk (and costs) with better PV modeling
Reducing PV project risk (and costs) with better PV modeling

Investment in PV presents unique risks, as the amount of energy a PV system produces is as variable as the weather. Unfortunately, quantifying PV risk can be just as daunting as predicting the weather. Today, researchers have access to more research methods and more...

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See for yourself: 2012 was a good year for solar
See for yourself: 2012 was a good year for solar

Not only was 2012 a record-shattering year for PV system growth in the U.S., it was also a good year for solar power production. Compare our monthly average maps for 2011 and 2012 to see that many locations in the U.S. experienced significantly higher PV energy...

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CAISO addresses changing grid infrastructure
CAISO addresses changing grid infrastructure

In a recent interview with Fierce Energy, President and CEO of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Steve Berberich, spoke about where CAISO is headed in 2013. As one of the largest electric grid operators in the United States, CAISO is responsible for...

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Hot topic: forecasting solar for grid integration
Hot topic: forecasting solar for grid integration

Grid-integration of distributed generation sources continues to be a hot topic for utilities and independent system operators (ISOs). Last month, the Utility Variable Generation Integration Group (UVIG) held its 6th annual workshop on Variable Generation Forecasting...

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Tilt vs. flat-mount PV: does it really matter?
Tilt vs. flat-mount PV: does it really matter?

Have you ever wondered if PV system orientation really makes that much difference to the amount of power produced by a PV system? As the map below illustrates, the answer is typically yes, but to varying degrees. This ‘Energy Gains’ map depicts how tilting solar...

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NREL turns to SolarAnywhere for NSRDB
NREL turns to SolarAnywhere for NSRDB

Yesterday, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the newest release of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB). The database is widely used by solar system designers, building architects and engineers, renewable energy analysts and others to...

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Intersolar North America 2014: The year of O&M and bankability
Intersolar North America 2014: The year of O&M and bankability

I often hear complaints that solar tradeshows aren’t offering much that is new and exciting—but I beg to differ. Every year I see trends emerging—trends that are often overlooked until months after the show. Intersolar North America was no exception. This year I was...

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Infographic: Keeping Track of Solar
Infographic: Keeping Track of Solar

2013 saw record-breaking solar growth in the U.S.—an increase of 41% over 2012—and 2014 is expected to see even larger gains. With more than 440,000 solar electric systems operating across the U.S. today, keeping track of these distributed resources is more important...

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Solar shines bright on Mexico at Solar World Congress 2013
Solar shines bright on Mexico at Solar World Congress 2013

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress may be an international event, but this year, Mexico stole the show. Not only was it hosted by the Asociación Nacional de Energía Solar (ANES)—Mexico’s leading solar association—in Cancun this...

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