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  • Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?

    22 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Katrina Prutzman

    Germany has put itself on the world map in the past decade as an early adopter of energy generation from renewable sources. In 2013, 25% of the country’s energy came from renewable sources -- the highest percentage in the world. By 2050, as part of the…
  • Avi-on Launches the Bluetooth-Connected Light Switch

    22 October 2014, 10:00 am by: Jeff St. John

    Here are two ideas for making home automation a lot cheaper and simpler than it is today. First, replace the ubiquitous wireless hub device, the most expensive part of any automation package, with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Second, replace the light…
  • Itron Extends Its Grid Edge Smarts to End Loads

    22 October 2014, 9:30 am by: Jeff St. John

    Itron has taken the next logical step in its push to embed computing power and analytics capabilities in the devices that make up the smart grid -- by moving beyond the grid itself and into the devices that use its power.…
  • A Promising Solution for Energy Efficiency and Customer Engagement

    22 October 2014, 6:00 am by: Sponsored Content

    Factors including regulators’ requests for higher energy efficiency, the urgent need for peak demand management, and the increased costs of customer services all suggest that utilities need to redefine their mix of products and services. …
  • Panasonic Teams Up With Powertree Services to Build Solar-Storage EV Chargers

    22 October 2014, 1:19 am by: Julia Pyper

    Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company announced this week it's partnering with Powertree Services Inc. to build out 68 electric-vehicle charging stations combined with solar systems and battery storage at multi-unit residences in San Francisco.…
  • If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

    21 October 2014, 11:31 pm by: Stephen Lacey

    The 20th-century electric grid is an extraordinary feat of engineering that has been a core driver of economic progress in developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations in the 21st century.…
  • The Future of Energy: How to Transition to a Renewable Economy

    21 October 2014, 11:29 pm by: Tam Hunt

    This is the third in a series on the future of energy. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.…
  • Enphase Charges Into the Energy Storage Market

    21 October 2014, 9:15 am by: Eric Wesoff

    Enphase didn't exhibit at last year's Solar Power International, but the microinverter specialist has traveled to Las Vegas this year with an improved microinverter -- and a bit of a surprise.…
  • Cooking Up a ‘Protocol Soup’ for the Internet of Things in Smart Buildings

    21 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Jim McHale

    The internet of things in buildings (BIOT) provides a very different set of challenges compared to those faced in the consumer IOT world, which inevitably attracts most of the media’s column inches.…
  • Will the Solar Industry Get Behind CPS Energy’s Alternative to Net Metering in San Antonio?

    20 October 2014, 2:53 pm by: Stephen Lacey

    After two controversial attempts to change net metering policy in San Antonio, CPS Energy, the utility serving the city, thinks it has found a new incentive model for solar that local installers can support.…

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