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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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Five things you need to know about PowerClerk Interconnect
Five things you need to know about PowerClerk Interconnect

We’re very excited to be releasing the latest product in our PowerClerk® family of products—PowerClerk® Interconnect—this week. Developed and launched with the help of a Department of Energy Sunshot Incubator award, PowerClerk Interconnect is already helping NV Energy...

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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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Three ways automation can smash solar interconnection costs
Three ways automation can smash solar interconnection costs

It’s no secret that although solar hardware costs have been steadily decreasing, solar soft costs— including permitting, interconnection, customer acquisition and installation labor—have remained steady. In fact, according to studies by the National Renewable Energy...

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2016: The year of enhanced energy price competition
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...

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Tapping the win-win-win of rate reform
Tapping the win-win-win of rate reform

Utilities nationwide are adding variety to residential electric rate plans and reconsidering how to value rooftop solar. Rate changes being considered include demand charges and net metering “2.0” policies that provide customers less than full retail credit. These...

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Valuation of solar plus storage in Hawaii
Valuation of solar plus storage in Hawaii

Clean Power Research recently took on the challenge of developing a new methodology for performing a hybrid solar plus storage (solar + storage) valuation study for systems in Hawaii. The methodology was commissioned by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc....

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Quantifying day-ahead solar energy forecast uncertainty
Quantifying day-ahead solar energy forecast uncertainty

Solar resource variability is an unavoidable natural characteristic that impacts solar power forecasting. However, its impact on forecast uncertainty can be reduced by providing information on predictive uncertainty, along with deterministic forecast values. Having...

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Version control: Your bankable signpost in a digital world
Version control: Your bankable signpost in a digital world

If you own an iPhone, you’ve seen the familiar message “iOS 9.3.3 is available for your iPhone and is ready to install.” If you’re like me, you hit “Remind me later” a few dozen times before you actually install the update. Call me paranoid, but I always have to take...

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Producing perfect PV fleet forecasts – at what cost?
Producing perfect PV fleet forecasts – at what cost?

In our last blog, we talked about the performance of SolarAnywhere® v4 PV fleet forecasts, and discussed how accuracy was a function of the PV fleet’s geographic footprint. For instance, SolarAnywhere hour-ahead forecasts in the Western U.S. were shown to have a...

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Can ISOs rely on PV fleet forecasts?
Can ISOs rely on PV fleet forecasts?

PV fleet forecasts Solar forecasts are traditionally concerned with predicting the output of solar PV systems at particular locations. Consequently, much of what is known about solar forecast accuracy is centered on point validations. Fleet forecasts consider the...

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Solar Power International 2015: Solar in Disneyland
Solar Power International 2015: Solar in Disneyland

Disneyland provided the backdrop for the Solar Power International (SPI) conference in Anaheim this year. As the biggest solar-focused conference in the U.S., exhibiting at SPI provides a great opportunity to find out firsthand what is on the mind of the industry—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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DERs take center stage at DistribuTECH
DERs take center stage at DistribuTECH

At the recent DistribuTECH Conference in San Diego, more than 13,000 attendees spent three engaging days discussing the biggest issues facing utilities today. One of the hottest topics, judging by session attendance and exhibit floor conversations, was Distributed...

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NARUC aims to level the playing field for cloud software
NARUC aims to level the playing field for cloud software

In November 2016, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) approved a resolution encouraging State regulators to level the playing field for cloud software and on-premise software. Why is this resolution critically important for utilities?...

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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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Version control: Your bankable signpost in a digital world
Version control: Your bankable signpost in a digital world

If you own an iPhone, you’ve seen the familiar message “iOS 9.3.3 is available for your iPhone and is ready to install.” If you’re like me, you hit “Remind me later” a few dozen times before you actually install the update. Call me paranoid, but I always have to take...

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