Category Archives: Conferences

Paying Attention to Utility T&D Storage

September 13, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Energy Storage

The utility industry is just beginning to discover energy storage’s potential to meet the needs of markets, grid operations and customers. Technology has advanced and prices dropped and are expected to continue to do so. Regulation, funding and the penetration of renewables have tremendous influence on utilities’ commitment, experimentation and planning. Representatives from three utilities-Southern California Edison […]

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Uncharted Waters: New Revenue Streams for Utilities

June 6, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, New Business Models

For the last three years, conversations in Europe, then in North America, has been about the need for new revenue streams for utilities.  Utilities are facing decline in consumption, yet need to make capital investments to maintain grid reliability and integrate renewables while satisfying customers who are demanding more options and shareholders who are expecting […]

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Big Meets Small – What I Learned about Solar at the Annual MIT Energy Conference

March 11, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Distributed Energy Resources, Solar

The MIT Energy Initiative’s annual energy conference has it all.  It’s the place to be for a global view of the latest discussions about policy, research and development, commercialization of new technologies and business models, navigating energy finance, energy markets and so on.  The 2016 conference was no exception.  There is always something new to […]

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DistribuTECH 2016: “The Future Isn’t/Ain’t What it Used to Be”

February 17, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrids, New Business Models

“Focused on the Future” was the theme of DistribuTECH 2016 and the conference lived up to that promise.  In the words of Yogi Berra (maybe) and others, the concept was demonstrated in Orlando.  The buzz words this year were “grid modernization”, with mention of transmission and an emphasis on the distribution grid, notably a distribution […]

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