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Venture capitalist sees billion-dollar opportunities for solar and storage innovators

Bill Nussey describes in his new book a much larger role that he foresees for local solar and storage, and a correspondingly altered role for electric utilities.

US scientists explore how to compensate battery owners for grid value

Current price signals to distributed battery owners “do not align with grid value,” says a study from the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

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Energy efficiency a good substitute for long-term storage, says NREL

A 60% reduction in building energy use will be key to achieving a low-cost, 100% renewable energy grid, according to a new study by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

NREL says US renewables up to 90% by 2050 would cost less than current generation mix

Even 100% renewables could be reached with existing technology, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory says in a newly published study.

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California explores real-time retail pricing to enable more renewables

California will need widespread demand flexibility to reach its renewables goal. Real-time electricity pricing is one tool that is being considered.

Role of distributed solar at issue in California’s net metering update

Industry groups focus on solar-plus-storage, or preserving the distributed solar industry, while a state agency aims to compensate rooftop solar at avoided costs and add a grid service charge.

Add electric vehicles, not bulk transmission, for a low-cost, clean grid: UC Berkeley study

A 90% clean grid with a transition to EVs would achieve lower electricity costs than one without, the study shows. Transmission investments would mainly be spur lines to new renewable generation.

Report outlines rooftop solar and storage for 75% of Puerto Rico’s power, and at a lower cost

Distributed solar and storage should be the focus for $9.6 billion in FEMA funds allocated for Puerto Rico’s grid reconstruction, says a new report based on independent analysis.

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These 3 technologies could deliver more solar and wind to the US grid

In a U.S. study of the added renewables capacity made possible by grid-enhancing technologies, Brattle Group found that both solar and wind power would benefit in Kansas and Oklahoma through 2025.

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How does the US retire 236 GW of coal and 1,000 gas peaker plants?

Victory in the economic realm (increasingly the case with solar, solar-plus-storage and wind) is no guarantee of market victory if the regulations are stacked against renewables.

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