Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

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Comments have poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in recent weeks on proposed rules that industry players say would boost energy storage in wholesale markets and open new opportunity for microgrids. Issued in November, the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) attempts to smooth the way for energy storage to transact … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Company sonnen Heightens US Play

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Watch out Tesla. German energy storage company sonnen is strengthening its presence on the U.S. East Coast with an investment in its Atlanta, Ga. plant. Pushing virtual power and other battery-based innovations, sonnen plans to combine under one roof all of its U.S. product development and manufacturing. It's calling the Georgia facility its … [Read more...]

A Case for Virtual Power Plants and Energy Storage in California

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Peter Asmus of Navigant Research explains how virtual power plants and energy storage offered a rapid solution to a grid deficiency in California. A little over a year ago, the underground Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility began leaking. While the primary concern was how methane emissions might jeopardize public safety, this event … [Read more...]

ERock to Provide Microgrid Reliability Service for Texas Store Chain

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Enchanted Rock (ERock) and affiliate Texas Microgrid will provide microgrid reliability service for a major Texas convenience store chain under a deal unveiled today. The long-term contract calls for Buc-ee’s to use the microgrid reliability service at ten stores and travel centers. ERock uses an unusual microgrid business model called On … [Read more...]

A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software…Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings…Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

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Siemens microgrid software to gain from Digital Grid Services Siemens has introduced a new Digital Grid Services platform for the U.S. market, which it says will enhance its microgrid software, along with other aspects of its grid portfolio. The platform allows utilities to better access an increasingly digital operational environment through … [Read more...]

Residential Microgrids for the Masses?

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Residential microgrids will be attractive to the masses in the form of standardized battery-plus-solar PV systems, says Suleman Khan, co-founder and managing partner of Swell Energy. In the past, homeowners—and those who sell clean energy to them—were going about it all wrong, often installing oversized solar systems without batteries, … [Read more...]

From Home Microgrid to Virtual Power Plant in Rural Vermont

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A new low-income community in rural Vermont demonstrates that the home microgrid is not just for the wealthy. The Clean Energy Group worked with local utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) and other partners to bring the systems -- solar plus storage with microgrid controls -- to 14 modular homes in Addison County. It may be the only modular … [Read more...]

Rival Energy Storage Companies Sonnen and Tesla Angle for Battery Market

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Rival energy storage companies sonnen and Tesla each started the week angling for the emerging smart battery market, with news of financing and partnerships. Sonnen is positioning to grow its virtual energy business sonnenCommunity, a move it sees boosted by $85 million in new equity investments. The German-based company is expanding on its … [Read more...]

When are Microgrids Virtual Power Plants & Why Does it Matter?

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When are microgrids virtual power plants, and what change do they bring to the central grid? The market for virtual power plants, and the technologies that enable them, are growing quickly, in large part driven by the lower costs of solar and energy storage. Thanks to these cost declines, we’re seeing more and more distributed energy coming … [Read more...]

Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

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Here's another twist on why energy storage is a good thing. It can help clean the air and improve public health. Seth Mullendore of Clean Energy Group explains. Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another … [Read more...]