Regulate EV Charging or No? Missouri Regulators Find Answer in Laundromats

Regulate EV Charging

In a recent decision about whether the Missouri Public Service Commission should regulate EV charging and allow utilities to recover costs of charging infrastructure in rates, the PSC argued that it doesn't regulate laundromats that need electricity to operate, and shouldn't regulate EV charging. What’s more, it shouldn’t allow utilities to … [Read more...]

Follow the Electric Battery Revolution to California — With or Without Trump

electric battery revolution

With or without support from the Trump Administration, the electric battery revolution is here to stay, and to accelerate that movement, we need only look to California. That's the word from Kevin Jones, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and co-author of the recently released “The Electric … [Read more...]

Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

research microgrid

A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

managed charging

Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]

California Microgrid Roadmap Effort Identifies 120 Microgrids in the State

California microgrid roadmap

In the California microgrid roadmap April 25 meeting, Navigant Research presented data showing that California boasts more than 120 existing, developing and proposed microgrid  projects, adding up to 650 MW of peak capacity, with many using solar PV. More than 160 people participated in the workshop in San Diego, either in person or online, said … [Read more...]

California Doubles SGIP Benefits, Gives Big Boost to Energy Storage Funding

Energy Storage Funding

Citing the benefits of energy storage for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing grid support and promoting market transformation,  California regulators have doubled incentives for the Self-Generation Incentive Program, giving the lion’s share to energy storage funding. The state’s investor-owned utilities in 2017, 2018 and 2019 must … [Read more...]

Getting Personal with Green & Mobile Energy Storage

EcoFlow Mobile Battery Storage

When Eli Harris co-founded EcoFlow Tech, his goal was to produce a green and mobile energy storage system that could serve as a mobile power station for consumers needing more than a phone charge. “I wanted to take an industrial amount of power and put it in the consumer market,” said the co-founder and CEO of the company. “There were no … [Read more...]

Join Us this Week for a Panel on Microgrids at the Energy Storage Assoc. Expo in Denver

Microgrid Knowledge

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, will lead a discussion, "Resilient Design: Micro? Nano? How Integrated Systems Excel," at the Energy Storage Association's (ESA) 27th Annual Conference and Expo, April 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 19, Room 205, at the Denver Convention … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Storage Reduces Demand via 8,000 Batteries

distributed energy storage

A distributed energy storage network of 8,000 batteries located at 7,000 telecom facilities in France has reduced utility demand by 10 to 15 MW during two demand response events. And now the company that managed the program wants to bring it to the U.S. Actility, which provides IoT-based grid balancing and demand response programs, wants to … [Read more...]

Flat Rates & Permitting Issues Undermine Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

Solar-Plus-Storage

Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and … [Read more...]