Electric Vehicles to Power the Grid

Southern California Edison (SCE) is joining other utilities by introducing the opportunity for electric vehicles (EVs) to participate in demand response (DR). Just as a refresher, demand response is the…

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

So you just installed a Nest Learning Thermostat, one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market.  You synced it with your smart phone and tablet, and now you’re…

Your BMW is the Answer to Grid Instability

Electric vehicles are being introduced with all the bells and whistles: impeccable safety features, back-up cameras, autopilot, and of course, remarkable efficiency.  But there is one additional feature that will…

Objections to Demand Response are Ludicrous

Demand response is making national news thanks to some disconcerted utilities and a New Mexico senator. Utilities, including FirstEnergy and several New England generators, are petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory…

ComEd to Begin Residential Demand Response in 2015

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is officially enrolling customers in its residential demand response program.  By volunteering to reduce electricity consumption during specified peak hours, ComEd customers will earn a $1 bill…

Transmission Investment Times Five: Will The Grid Be Secure?

Transmission systems across the country are finally getting some much needed upgrades. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that investments in electricity transmission infrastructure have increased by a factor of...

How to Protect Yourself from Utility Imposters

There’s a hot, new scandal happening in the utility industry that you’re going to want to avoid.  Customers across the country are reporting utility imposters who try to forcefully clean...