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NY customers informing the energy vision

In an effort to inform the New York State Public Service Commission's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC), in partnership with member organizations, has conducted a comprehensive survey of New York residential utility customers' electricity awareness and engagement.

Attitudes on smart grid outsourcing shifting

While utilities have historically avoided outsourcing operations, attitudes are shifting based on the complexity of smart grid deployments and systems integration, as well as a shortage of qualified internal human resources. 

Countries experiencing similar distributed generation pain points

Most nations are experiencing a similar, significant increase in the integration of distributed generation and a corresponding decrease in costs, despite different generation mixes and distribution system structures, according to a Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) study on grid connectivity.

Smart city data reflects San Diego EV market, attitudes

Smart City San Diego, which launched its Solar-to-EV project-- one of the first of its kind in the world-- in September 2012, has now released usage data collected at the EV charging stations since November 2012. As part of the electric vehicle (EV) project, five solar-to-EV charging stations were located at the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park where they used the sun's energy to directly charge plug-in EVs, store solar power for future use, and provide renewable energy to the surrounding area.

North America demand response leader

As electricity markets increasingly recognize the need for demand response programs to manage scheduled or emergency downtime for power plants, as well as a way to mitigate higher wholesale prices and lower overall grid costs, Transparency Market Research (TMR) reports that North America led the global smart demand response capacity market in 2013.

Increasing the value of distributed energy

A new report from Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab), Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for a Distributed Resource Future, points to the need for modernization of retail electricity prices to reflect a rapidly evolving grid that will continue to see growing investment in distributed energy resources (DER). 

China leading global solar demand, but the Americas growing fast

In 2013, China became the largest solar market in the world with 11.8 GW installed-- key, Lux says, to faster-than-expected global recovery.

Customers to AEP, Duke Energy: Down with coal

According to the telephone poll of 526 Ohio electricity customers, 75 percent said they would deny AEP's rate request to pay for extra costs associated with continuing to generate electricity from existing power plants.

Hydraulic fracturing services showing strong growth

North America is expected to see strong growth in hydraulic fracturing services through 2016 due to robust drilling and completion (D&C) activity, according to PacWest Consulting Partners, with frack pricing increases expected through 2015. 

Shale oil production up in July

Bentek research revealed that from July 2013 to July 2014, total U.S. crude oil production increased more than 1.5 million b/d. Crude oil production in the North Dakota section of the Bakken shale formation of the Williston Basin averaged nearly 1.2 million b/d in July-- 280,000 b/d higher than the July 2013 level, according to Bentek.