Smart Grid Above the Fold: 9/1/17

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Top consumer smart grid news hand-selected and brought to you by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.

Utility Dive | California Utilities Plot Ways to Prep the Grid for the Coming EV Boom
Electrifying the transportation sector is no easy task. But, as with many innovations occurring in the power sector, California is leading the way. CPUC recently approved two rounds of pilot proposals to electrify transportation from the state’s investor-owned utilities.

Greentech Media | Getting the Most Out of Vehicle Electrification for Both Customers and the Grid
Electric vehicles are on the path to becoming mainstream, thanks to strong policy support and rapid lithium-ion battery cost declines. The next key driver is the role that utilities will play. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects 40 percent of U.S. new-car sales will be electric in 2030, with EVs becoming cost-competitive without subsidies around 2025.

The Energy Times | Comcast Pushes Rooftop Solar
Sunrun, the residential solar company that’s boosting market share, said it will tap a partnership with the biggest U.S. cable TV company to add new customers. Comcast Corp. and Sunrun agreed to a 40-month partnership after a trial showed that cable customers had interest in solar products. San Francisco-based Sunrun will be Comcast’s exclusive residential solar provider.

Renewable Energy World | Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters and EVs To Make Up “Customer Grid” of the Future
As homeowners and businesses continue to install energy generating equipment like batteries and solar PV behind their meters, forward-looking utilities such as SDG&E are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment.

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The Energy Times | Paint New Yorkers Green
New Yorkers often are viewed as a skeptical, hard-to-impress bunch. But they are warming – big time – to renewables and electric vehicles. And they like what they know about the state’s sweeping REV initiative and want to know more about it. Those are some of the findings of a study conducted by the New York Smart Grid Consortium and SGCC.

Utility Dive | Austin Energy Targets 65 Percent Renewables by 2027
The Austin City Council last week voted to target 65 percent renewable energy by 2027, one of the most ambitious clean energy goals in the nation and a step up from the previous 55 percent by 2025 goal. The Austin Monitor notes that the city’s utility is on track to meet the 55 percent goal, and considered even higher targets — including 100 percent by 2030.

Metering & Smart Energy International | Ameren Missouri Installs Smart Grid Tech to Reduce Outages
Ameren Missouri is in the process of installing new smart grid technologies that will help to reduce customer outages. According to a local news source, the Ameren’s smart grid projects will cost approximately $650,000. However, the company will be investing $785 million in smart grid throughout the state of Missouri in 2017.

Greentech Media | How New Digital Customer Service Metrics Could Boost Utility Earnings
Customers care more about getting things done than they do about minutes of mindshare. If utilities can help their customers accomplish their goals in less time, they can also encourage the customer to become more engaged in energy decision-making and improve overall satisfaction with their service.

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