The hire-wire act of balancing a modern grid with regulated assets

Utilities need a better safety net for investing in innovative new technologies.

Could poor transmission planning limit corporate renewable deals?

Utilities are stepping up, but a new report suggests regulators and grid operators aren’t responding fast enough.

What an integrated Western grid means for California

The electricity grids of the Western U.S. are home to major electricity innovation — as well as major grid challenges.

Here’s how clean energy could help Puerto Rico navigate out of the dark

Solar, wind and microgrids are promising, but misconceptions about their cost and benefit could interfere with their adoption.

Will the power grid handle amped demand from EVs?

Pricing incentives can help match electric vehicle’s increasing electricity usage with power output.

Who needs ‘baseload’ power? (Or, let the markets do their job)

We should seize the opportunity presented by the Department of Energy’s grid study to ensure tomorrow’s electricity markets work in service of, not contrary to, our society’s goals.

How the blockchain could fight grid cyber-threats

The electricity system is about to experience a several-orders-of-magnitude increase in the number of vulnerabilities to cyber-threats.

Safety concerns overshadow energy-slashing potential of smart homes

Until technology companies address hacking incidents and other security issues, it does little good to talk up the environmental benefits.

Platform-based grids promise a power boost

Platform business models have redefined the modern economy. Next, it may redefine the electric utility sector through DSOs and DERs.

Old, dirty, creaky U.S. electric grid could cost $5 trillion to replace

Where should our infrastructure spending go?

Minnesota plows a path toward a clean energy grid

Despite the icy (and energy intensive) winters, the Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan sets the state as a leader in the midwest for low fossil fuel consumption and high renewable energy use.

The hidden risk in the energy-water-food nexus

New report shows that smarter energy systems are critical to thwarting emerging risk.

The smart city solution

Sponsored: Smart lighting and water are just part of the picture.

NRG, IDEO on 3 mega-forces that will shape the future of energy

From shifting demographic demands to the “slow death” of utilities’ core revenue stream, energy titan NRG, design firm IDEO and a slew of tech startups weigh in on the evolution of power.

Boston, Philadelphia, LA on smart cities pitfalls to avoid

A nagging emphasis on “short-termism,” tight funding and pressure to achieve sustainability at scale are pushing cities to seek new types of coordination with businesses.

EV income? Nissan on how electric car owners could sell extra power

Nissan has a new potential perk to help sell the up-front investment in an electric vehicle: Cash in by selling excess power to the grid.

The next frontier for smart grids is decoding Big Data

The Internet of Things and Big Data will give electricity customers lots of options on how and where to get power.