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Designing for 100% renewables with real-time retail pricing could yield benefits of 9% or more

Including real-time pricing of retail electricity in the design of a high-renewables system would “markedly” lower the system’s cost, researchers found, in an analysis for the island of Oahu, Hawaii. For continent-scale systems as well, they said the resulting demand-side flexibility is likely substantial.

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Four steps to creating a sustainable distributed generation strategy

According to Tom Hunt, CEO of Pivot Energy, renewable energy capacity at the distribution level can meet needs without the long lead time required for larger, utility-scale resources, and he shows us how to solve major system barriers to expanding renewable energy on the grid.

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Sunrise brief: Energy storage software provider posts 246% revenue growth 

Also on the rise: Do we have enough engineers to conduct interconnection studies? Green car dealership goes green. And more.

Do we have enough engineers to conduct interconnection studies?

As two regional grid operators have flagged a shortage of qualified engineers to conduct interconnection studies, pv magazine usa spoke with Kalyan Chilukuri, a vice president with Electric Power Engineers, about industry staffing challenges and measures that might help.

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DOE offers $26 million to demonstrate that grid can run on clean energy

The Demonstration Program intends to fund up to 10 projects that show how large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage can support the power grid by automatically adjusting to changing demand and disruptions.

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It’s time to fix our nation’s broken interconnection process

The good news is that we know what to do. Interconnection has been studied extensively by numerous industry groups and research organizations, which have arrived at some essential guiding principles for reform.

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Connecticut to allow distributed resources to compete with distribution grid upgrades

Connecticut would join five other states in enabling distributed storage, solar and other non-wires alternatives to compete with traditional distribution system capacity upgrades, under a program being finalized by Connecticut regulators.

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Solar groups call on EIA to provide data on interconnection, outages, and manufacturing

The data would help solar and storage providers to speed deployment, said Solar and Storage Industries Institute and the national solar trade group, SEIA.

Americans beginning to correlate extreme weather with a climate crises, but purse strings are still tight

A recent poll found that 70% of Americans see climate change as a crisis or major problem. And while 78% of Americans reported being personally affected by extreme weather, only 39% are willing to take on costs to prevent it.

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Sunrise brief: Delaware launches free solar panel program for low-income households

Also on the rise: Aerial inspection of solar plants goes mainstream. Faster, lower-cost interconnection by combining ERCOT, MISO, PJM approaches. CleanCapital acquires BQ Energy. And more!

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