For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]

NRG EVgo Pushes the Envelope on Microgrids and Electric Vehicles…and More Microgrid News

NRG’s EVgo and the University of California, San Diego are pushing the envelope on use of microgrids and electric vehicles. The pair recently announced an agreement which has EVgo leading two projects at the university, known for its flagship microgrid. In the first project, EVgo is assessing how owners of electric vehicle DC charging sites … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News: NYISO on Microgrids…Solar, Storage & Lower Prices…Telecom Likes DG

Quick microgrid news for this week... The New York Independent System Operator describes a future power grid with “an increasing number of microgrids to serve the particular needs of institutions, corporations, and communities, while retaining connections to the bulk power system,” in its new report, "Power Trends 2015: Rightsizing the … [Read more...]

Who Pushes Community Solar Now? Utilities!

The number of community solar projects has jumped by 64 percent in just the last 18 months, says a new study by the Solar Electric Power Association. And leading the charge are, believe it or not, utilities. Utilities have or are developing 87 percent of all community solar programs now online, 60 percent of active and planned community solar … [Read more...]