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The Top Line on Energy Management: July 25, 2014

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Summary: The 21st century smart grid; FERC & DR; Zigbee’s new standard; TXU and DR benefits; California invests in microgrids; Rehearing FERC case; MISO prices fall Comverge’s Jason Cigarran responded to a recent NRDC blog post and the use of demand response in a 21st Century grid This week’s Platts “Market Spotlight” provided an overview... Read More
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The 21st Century Smart Grid and Demand Response

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Earlier this week I enjoyed an article on the National Resource Defense Council’s (NRDC) blog that explored what a 21st century smart grid will look like. The author, Carl Zichella, had recently attended a Department of Energy meeting in Portland, Oregon and shared some of the key takeaways. Carl identified demand response and energy efficiency... Read More
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Customer Spotlight: Fort Collins Utilities

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As an industry, we often place the spotlight on the largest utilities in the country, and while they do great work, we also see very innovative programs being implemented by mid-sized public power and electric cooperative utilities. A perfect example of this is the City of Fort Collins Utilities. For background, Fort Collins is based... Read More
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The Top Line on Energy Management: July 18, 2014

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Summary: DR is here to stay; Focusing on customers; Climate changes; White House addresses climate change; Trash or treasure; DVCA on the rise Comverge’s Frank Lacey spoke with Utility Dive regarding the appeal of FERC Order 745 and the future of demand response EnergyWire highlighted the need for excellent customer service, with insights from our... Read More
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How Technology is Improving Soccer—and the Electricity Grid

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably know that the FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been going on for the past month, and people all over the world are getting into the spirit. Since the last World Cup four years ago, a lot has changed – especially technology-wise – and at this year’s... Read More
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The Top Line on Energy Management: July 11, 2014

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Summary: Clean energy loans approved; The EDF on customer engagement; Influencing the government; Women in DR; Increasing demand response participation Utility Dive highlighted how the Department of Energy guaranteed 4 billion in loans for clean energy The Environmental Defense Fund examined how demand response can help utilities better engage and service customers Jesse Berst of... Read More
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The Top Line on Energy Management: June 27, 2014

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Summary: Navigant on the Comverge blog; Summer peak demand; New York Energy Week; EPA, EE and DR; FERC rethinking capacity markets; Wisconsin Energy buys Integrys; Virtual power plants growing Navigant’s Brett Feldman contributed to Comverge’s blog with a breakdown of the latest demand response research The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) is on track... Read More
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Guest Post: Navigant Outlines Key Points from Recent Report on DR

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In the last several years, demand response (DR) has matured in the U.S. electricity market and has been afforded the opportunity to bid directly against generation in many regions. However, it has also fallen under greater scrutiny at the same time. As DR has become a larger part of the resource base, regulators and other... Read More
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The Top Line on Energy Management: June 20, 2014

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Summary: Demand response becomes operational; Incentivized DR; Appointing FERC commissioners; PJM prices doubled; Energy management in Ghana; AC and outside temperature International news site Engerati included Comverge insights in an article that explored demand response as an operational resource A new Parago study found that incentives are a key driver in demand response participation The... Read More
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The Top Line on Energy Management: June 13, 2014

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Summary: Pro1 partnership; State of DR; Wi-Fi for demand response; North America tops in DR; Inefficient dryers; EEI annual meeting; Utilities and broadband Earlier this week, Comverge announced a partnership with Pro1 to provide utilities with cost effective Wi-Fi thermostats Comverge’s Brent Dreher examined the current “State of Demand Response” in a recent blog post... Read More
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The State of Demand Response

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It’s been a busy and rewarding year so far here at Comverge: we introduced new applications for demand response, participated in DistribuTECH 2014, helped form the Advanced Energy Management Alliance, held another highly successful Comverge Utility Conference, and released a free eBook on the evolution of communications for demand response. But some notable events over... Read More
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The Top Line on Energy Management: June 6, 2014

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Summary: Prepping for summer; DirectLink awarded; Breaking down ZigBee Gateway; AESP features Comverge eBook; EPA Clean Power Plan; Cal-ISO clarifies renewables With the cooling season approaching, Comverge’s Jason Cigarran discussed the role of demand response Comverge DirectLink was named a 2014 Smart Grid Product of the Year by TMCnet EnergyCentral featured Comverge’s Howard Ng breaking... Read More
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Preparing for Summer and the Cooling Season

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Comverge has been in the energy management business for more than 30 years, and in that time we’ve seen just about everything. One thing we all know happens every year is a spike in electricity use when the temperature rises during the summer. The industry term for this is “the cooling season,” and as we... Read More
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