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Posted by Matt Jennison In Monday, January 25 2016 under: Solar Costs, smart grid, Clean Energy

It is increasingly clear that Americans want clean energy for their homes and for their country. The recent extension of the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) of 30% for solar power shows that this an important issue, for voters on both sides of the isle. The cat is out of the bag: clean, affordable energy from solar electric systems is an important tool for US energy security, for carbon reduction, and for long-term price stability.

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California Utility Lays out Vision for Future Smart Grid

While the California officials have been working overtime to approve solar power plants in time to meet a statewide renewable energy goal, its utility companies are faced with a slightly different task: How do we incorporate all of that renewable energy it our electric grid?

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APS Testing 'Self-Healing' Grid in Flagstaff, Arizona

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Friday, September 10 2010 under: utility, Arizona Solar, APS, smart grid, Solar Technology, Utility Solar

The Arizona Public Service (APS), the largest utility company in Arizona, is testing a new piece of smart-grid technology that could slash the time it takes to recognize and repair power outages.

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PG&E Smart Meters Offer Solid Technology and a Public Relations Nightmare

Posted by Annie Lindseth In Tuesday, September 7 2010 under: smart meters, electricity rate, PGE, smart grid, Energy Policy, Utility Solar

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) faced many doubts and complaints as they rolled out their smart meter program, but an independent study released last week confirmed that the meters are technologically sound. This announcement releases a lot of tension for the utility-- the smart meter program had incurred customer protests, bureaucratic red tape, and even backlash from cities like San Francisco. The study found that the smart meters posed no technical problems.

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First-Ever Smart Grid Delegation Makes Moves at Copenhagen

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, December 23 2009 under: Copenhagen, Solar Power Info, Climate Change, smart grid

With the focus on Copenhagen and climate change, my coverage of the smart grid has taken a back seat. The two, however, are far from mutually exclusive. Rather, the smart grid is now being billed as a key solution to fighting climate change, on par with scaling renewable energy and creating an international carbon trading mechanism.

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Video Game To Teach Energy Management

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, November 10 2009 under: Sustainability, Technology, smart grid, Energy Efficiency & Green Building

The technology is shovel-ready. Utilities are beginning to make the big move and bring smart grid services to customers. But what if the American public doesn’t bite? Cutting-edge technologies designed to increase energy efficiency and control electricity demand are only as useful as the owner who fully utilizes them.

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California First State to Sign Smart Grid Legislation into Law

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, October 28 2009 under: Obama, Solar Energy Incentives, utility, smart grid, Energy Policy, California Solar

What a week for smart grid! Not only did President Obama announce the lucky recipients of over $3.4 billion of stimulus funding for electrical grid upgrades, but news began to trickle out of California that the state’s first smart grid legislation (Senate Bill 17) was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.

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Obama Pledges $3.4B in Smart Grid Grants

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, October 27 2009 under: Obama, Smart meter, smart grid, Utility Solar

The Obama administration today announced 100 utility projects that will collectively receive $3.4 billion in federal stimulus money to promote the development and deployment of advanced electricity grid technologies. The Department of Energy said that the grants, ranging from $400,00 to $200 million in size, will spawn the installation of nearly 20 million advanced digital meters, nationwide. By enabling utilities and regulators to improve demand-side management, these so-called "smart meters" are viewed as an a key component to modernizing the country's electric grid. They also let owners of solar panels -- and other distributed renewable energy generation systems -- track and manage their electricity use.

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Smart Grid in the Eye of the Beholder

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Monday, October 26 2009 under: Politics, utility, Technology, smart grid, government, Energy Policy

The Platts Smart Grid Policy and Implementation Forum kicked off this morning with a keynote address from Dr. Alicia Jackson, the Science Policy Adviser to the Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, Senator Jeff Bingaman.

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Upcoming DC Conference: Smart Grid Policy and Implementation

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, October 21 2009 under:, Solar Industry News, utility, smart grid, government, Energy Policy

Smart grid gurus are at it again! This coming Monday and Tuesday, energy leaders from the public and private sectors will be convening in Arlington, VA at the Smart Grid Policy & Implementation Forum sponsored by Platts. The two-day forum will focus on cost recovery, standards and functionality. If you’ll be in the DC area and want to register for the event, please click here. GetSolar will be blogging live from the conference and we're eager to see you down there. A tentative list of speakers is below. Get your grid on!

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