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Five Takeaways from Solar Power PV Conference & Expo - Chicago

As promised, SEPA's new Communications Director, Mike Kruger, hit the ground running ... to Solar Power PV Conference & Expo - Chicago. Back from the Midwest, he provides five key insights from the conference.

SEPA Statement on NARUC DER Rate Design and Compensation Manual

NARUC's new Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation Manual is an important step toward bridging the disconnect between traditional regulatory rate-making time frames and the speed of change triggered by new distributed technologies, says SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm.

2 Questions with New Board Member Rob Caldwell

Rob Caldwell serves as President of Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, a new position created earlier this year. He is responsible for Duke's unregulated commercial portfolio business while also being responsible for policies, strategies and business development activities related to distributed energy resources for Duke Energy, the regulated utility. Caldwell joined Progress Energy -- now Duke Energy -- in 1998.

3 Questions with New Board Member Jim Alberts

Jim Alberts joined Hawaiian Electric in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Customer Service. As part of his overall service leadership for Hawaiian Electric, Jim spearheads the distributed energy resource transformation. His focus is to grow renewables in a fair and sustainable way for all customers.

A Personal Statement From New Board Member Matt Handel

Matt Handel, one of SEPA's newest Board members, has been with Nextera Energy Inc. for 15 years, serving in leadership roles throughout the company. Currently, Matt holds the position of Vice President of Development, Solar, Distributed Generation and Energy Storage at NextEra Energy Resources Inc.

Fourth Quarter 2016 SEPA Research Agenda

In the fourth quarter of 2016, SEPA is offering a diverse array of research reports and member briefs on topics ranging from solar tax law and microgrid business structures to rates and regulatory requirements.

California pilot programs to test if shareholder incentives can boost DER deployment

Listen in on any gathering of energy industry executives or regulators these days, and new utility business models are the hot topic, usually centered on distributed energy resources (DERs), such as storage, demand response, energy efficiency and microgrids. California is entering the discussion with its own proposals for shareholder incentives to boost DER adoption by investor-owned utilities.

Making the elephant fly: Integrating distributed energy resources onto the grid in Hawaii

Hawaii doesn't have a duck curve, says Dora Nakafuji of Hawaiian Electric Company. The state's electric load curve is part elephant, part Loch Ness Monster -- and Nakafuji has been instrumental in developing the tools, analysis and changes in utility organizational culture that are needed to integrate distributed energy resources onto the grid and make this mythical beast fly.

Changing the narrative at SPI: Solar is about finding new solutions

SEPA's K Kaufmann hits the ground at Solar Power International in Las Vegas and looks behind the usual trade show story lines to find an industry running on growth and innovation -- and very focused on finding new solutions to the challenges it now faces.

SEPA events at SPI put focus on new models for industry innovation and collaboration

SEPA has long viewed collaboration and cross-industry partnerships as critical building blocks for the growth of solar and other distributed technologies, and the energy transition now underway in the United States. In the past two years, we have intensified our focus on studying and creating replicable models through which industry stakeholders with apparently opposing interests can build the communication and trust needed to forge compromise solutions. We will be sharing this work at Solar Power International with special reports and conference sessions.