Smart Grid Above the Fold: 9/22/17


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

Greentech Media | What’s Impacting Consumers’ Community Solar Investment Decisions?
Potential solar customers are certainly window shopping. But in today’s market, interest doesn’t always equate to sales. The latest Solar Marketplace Intel report from EnergySage shows increasing interest in solar from consumers. But the current array of options aren’t always enough to convince shoppers to buy — especially for community solar.

Renewable Energy World | Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?
It seems like every time you turn around another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of “smart” initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with NREL and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver; a trio of companies announced the formation of the “Energy IoT and Smart City Technology Alliance”; and Black and Veatch and CPS Energy hosted a webcast called “The Smart City Puzzle: The Role of Utilities in Next-Gen Communities.”

Transmission & Distribution World | Utility Customer Satisfaction Reaches New All-Time High
Utility customer satisfaction has reached a record high according to new research. The research shows that electric and natural gas utilities post an all-time high score of 767 (on a 1,000-point maximum scale). However, there is a huge 138-point difference between the highest- and lowest-scoring utilities, because the best utilities have created experiences with customer ease and convenience in mind.

Public Power Daily | NREL Says Installed Cost of Solar Power Hit Record Lows in Q1
The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Utility-scale solar costs fell nearly 30 percent from a year ago while residential- and commercial-scale solar prices dropped by 6 percent and 15 percent, respectively. The declining costs leads to a corresponding cut in the levelized cost of electricity from the systems.

SECC Member News
Utility Dive | Duke to Build First Its Utility-Scale Regulated Battery Storage Projects
Duke Energy is investing $30 million to install two battery storage systems in North Carolina in what the company says are the first large-scale energy storage projects built by its regulated utility business. Duke plans to install a 9 MW lithium-ion battery system at a Duke substation in the Rock Hill community near Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.

Greentech Media | Itron to Acquire Silver Spring Networks in Smart Grid/Smart City Mega-Merger
The long rivalry between Itron and Silver Spring Networks, the country’s two major smart meter and grid networking players, is ending in marriage. On Monday, Itron announced plans to acquire all outstanding shares of Silver Spring for $16.25 per share in cash, a premium of 25 percent from Friday’s close, in a transaction valued at $830 million, excluding $180 million in Silver Spring cash.

Utility Dive | Commonwealth Edison, Illinois Tech Partner on ‘Microgrid Cluster’
ComEd and the Illinois Institute of Technology have partnered to develop two microgrids, with help from U.S. Department of Energy grants, that will test new technologies and better understand how to keep power flowing in adverse weather events. Over the summer, ComEd proposed a microgrid for Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, which would then connect to an existing microgrid on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.

Engerati | Millennials – Meeting the Engagement Challenge
As utilities look to their future, they should consider not only a new decentralized power system architecture and changing business models but also their future customers. And this group is increasingly consisting of the “next generation” of energy customers – the millennials, or Generation Y, who were born during the 1980s and 1990s. Indeed, in the United States in 2016, millennials overtook baby boomers – those born in the late 1940s and 1950s – as the largest generation in terms of population.

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