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Articles by Stephen Lacey

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Here’s what utilities really think about microgrids

Here’s what utilities really think about microgrids

If utilities can fully or partially own microgrids, they might be more interested in seeing the market succeed.

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Rise of prosumer: Will homeowners be more important than power plants?

Rise of prosumer: Will homeowners be more important than power plants?

A new report concludes that policymakers and regulators are not prepared for consumer empowerment on the grid.

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SolarCity plans 1GW solar factory as solar costs plunge

SolarCity plans 1GW solar factory as solar costs plunge

An insight into why Elon Musk and Lyndon Rive have committed to 1GW solar factory – unsubsidised solar competing with fossil fuels.

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Will batteries and PV create unstoppable hybrid force?

Will batteries and PV create unstoppable hybrid force?

Once a dominant force in solar, batteries were pushed aside in favor of grid-tied systems. But that dynamic may be changing.

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Where are conservatives’ big ideas about clean energy?

Where are conservatives’ big ideas about clean energy?

Conservatives want to turn renewables and efficiency into a “tool of the left” that should be fought at all costs.

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This is what the utility death spiral looks like

This is what the utility death spiral looks like

In Germany, utility revenues are spiraling down the rabbit hole. Will American (and Australian) power companies follow?

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Former Duke CEO: US grid will be ‘blank sheet of paper'

Former Duke CEO: US grid will be ‘blank sheet of paper’

Former Duke CEO Jim Rogers calls for “de-coupling on steroids” in order to get utilities prepared to rewrite the future.

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Google snaps up Nest for $3.2bn in new move into home energy

Google snaps up Nest for $3.2bn in new move into home energy

Will Nest help Google succeed where it previously failed in home energy management?

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Ford, SunPower team up for solar-charged electric vehicle

Ford, SunPower team up for solar-charged electric vehicle

Ford and SunPower introduce “the first plug-in hybrid that doesn’t need to plug in.” Could they by-pass the grid altogether?

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Can a historic coal state create a real solar market?

Can a historic coal state create a real solar market?

Can a coal state really make the transition to solar PV? That may depend on who’s funding which politicians.

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Boulder votes to buy back the grid to accelerate renewables

Boulder votes to buy back the grid to accelerate renewables

Boulder will become the first city in the US to buy back its grid to support more clean energy and reduce carbon emissions. Other cities are sure to follow.