25 Feb '14, 2pm

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Distributed electricity generation, especially solar PV, is rapidly spreading and getting much cheaper. Distributed electricity storage is doing the same, thanks largely to mass production of batteries for electric vehicles. Solar power is already starting to erode some utilities’ sales and revenues. Download the Four Page Overview But what happens when solar and batteries join forces? Together they can make the electric grid optional for many customers—without compromising reliability and increasingly at prices cheaper than utility retail electricity. Equipped with a solar-plus-battery system, customers can take or leave traditional utility service with what amounts to a “utility in a box.” This “utility in a box” represents a fundamentally different challenge for utilities. Whereas other technologies, including solar PV and other distributed resources without storage, ne...

Full article: http://www.rmi.org/electricity_grid_defection

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The Grid From the Ground Up: What to Do If We Could Do It Again

The Grid From the Ground Up: What to Do If We C...

spectrum.ieee.org 25 Feb '14, 3pm

Among the primary reasons that innovation in electricity grid technologies tends to move slowly is that the grid makes for...

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pv-tech.org 24 Feb '14, 12pm

The municipality with the highest recorded installed capacity, over 2013, was Amsterdam with 16MW. Cumulative gird-connect...

Grid defection is a possibility. But when and where? And is defection in everyone's best interest?

Grid defection is a possibility. But when and w...

rmi.org 04 Mar '14, 6pm

A day is coming when solar-plus-battery systems will become cheaper than utility-sourced electricity, making customer grid...

Will the electricity grid become optional?

Will the electricity grid become optional?

greenbiz.com 26 Feb '14, 7pm

• Solar-plus-battery grid parity is here already or coming soon for a rapidly growing minority of utility customers. Grid ...

Solar with batteries could allow US ‘grid defec...

pv-tech.org 26 Feb '14, 12pm

The report also claims that even before grid parity is reached to allow customers to bypass the grid entirely, the use of ...

China Pushes Past U.S. in Smart Grid Spending

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spectrum.ieee.org 21 Feb '14, 4pm

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renewableenergyworld.com 19 Feb '14, 3pm

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How a German Village Created an Independent Grid and a Renewable Energy Future | EcoWatch via

How a German Village Created an Independent Gri...

ecowatch.com 20 Feb '14, 2pm

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#WindEnergy 2014 Outlook: Major Markets Recover...

renewableenergyworld.com 20 Feb '14, 6pm

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