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Strategies for managing multiple DER programs
Strategies for managing multiple DER programs

In spite of the industry definition of distributed energy resources (DERs) continuing to evolve, consumers are increasingly adopting DERs—often more than one. This means that for utilities, DER program management such as interconnection doesn’t end at “permission to...

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A better way for utilities to forecast DER adoption
A better way for utilities to forecast DER adoption

Since the Great Recession, utility planners have consistently over forecasted peak and total load. Econometric models used in the past are failing: energy efficiency continues to decouple load growth from Gross Domestic Product and customer energy habits are changing....

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Solar+ home proven: a milestone reached
Solar+ home proven: a milestone reached

This article is a follow-on to Clean Power Research’s 11-part series on Solar+ homes series. Solar+ homes describes how homeowners can combine simple energy efficiency measures, solar PV, electric vehicles (EVs) and appliance electrification to create households that...

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Why WattPlan Grid: Planning for DER adoption
Why WattPlan Grid: Planning for DER adoption

Eight months ago, Clean Power Research and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) formed a unique partnership to solve the critical challenge of planning for DER adoption. In the words of our partners at SMUD, this new DER planning software—called WattPlan®...

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Valuing solar: a matter of perspective
Valuing solar: a matter of perspective

2012 has seen a backlash against distributed generation net metering, particularly solar distributed generation. Most utilities in most states currently have some form of net metering, which is a simple mechanism for assigning a value to distributed generation that is...

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Accolades for Austin Energy’s Value of Solar tariff continue
Accolades for Austin Energy’s Value of Solar tariff continue

Austin Energy’s innovative approach to compensating distributed solar owners is continuing to receive accolades across the country. In September, Austin Energy received an Innovation Award from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Earlier in the year Austin...

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All top 10 U.S. utilities trust Clean Power Research
All top 10 U.S. utilities trust Clean Power Research

At Clean Power Research, we think of ourselves as a modestly sized company doing big work. We are a passionate team of engineers, scientists and customer-obsessed service professionals focused on delivering world-class software solutions to utilities and the solar...

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DER Program Managers – Get ahead of the storage surge!
DER Program Managers – Get ahead of the storage surge!

Storage – A Highly Charged Market One way to gauge hot topics in the utility world is to track what’s new on the DistribuTECH Conference agenda. Due to strong interest from utility attendees and the vendor community, the DistribuTECH Conference Committee decided to...

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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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Electric vehicles provide large GHG reductions in Minnesota
Electric vehicles provide large GHG reductions in Minnesota

This week’s blog post is a contribution from our guest author Dane McFarlane, of Great Plains Institute (GPI) and was originally published on GPI's Better Energy, Better World. To learn more about how Clean Power Research is helping customers understand the value of...

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