How are Solar Plus Storage Helping Ease Drought Problems?

How are solar plus energy storage helping alleviate problems created by the drought in California? Neil Fromer, executive director, Resnick Institute of Sustainability at Caltech, explains the link between water availability and energy generation. … [Read more...]

Chasing Energy Storage: Can Policy Keep up with Markets?

With energy storage advancing quickly in the electric power industry, policy finds itself chasing markets. The rules of the road have yet to be sorted out, yet energy storage already is racing ahead. Energy storage companies are announcing deals, partnerships, financing,  innovations and new customers almost daily. “Since 2013, the market had … [Read more...]

Testing The Powers of Microgrids in College Project

A project at Las Positas College in Livermore, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, will test the powers of energy storage and microgrids to integrate renewable energy sources, curb peak power and take a mission-critical circuit off-grid. Herve Mazzocco, vice president of solutions for Imergy Power Systems, … [Read more...]

Podcast: What's The Difference Between Community Solar & Green Power

With PG&E planning to offer solar as both a community solar and green power program, we asked what's the difference--and who would be interested in community solar instead of green power. Erica Schroeder McConnell, attorney for Interstate Renewable Energy Council, answers the question in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Interested in Microgrids? Visit Our New Site: MicrogridKnowledge.com

EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com has recently launched MicrogridKnowledge.com, the first independent, international news and feature website dedicated solely to the microgrid industry. Microgrids are being installed worldwide at a rapid clip.  In North America, microgrids are providing back-up power, bolstering grid services, and adding clean and … [Read more...]

So Much Energy Storage Data, So Much to Do with It!

There's a ton of data available from energy storage units, smart meters, weather forecasters, and other data producers. Ideally, this data can be used to forecast demand and weather, integrate renewable energy, shape customer usage, prevent outages, and cope with outages once they happen. But how can we integrate and analyze all this data to make … [Read more...]

Big Question: How Can Microgrids Protect Us from Grid Hackers?

Grid hackers are hard at work trying to takedown the US electric system. The US government and private security firms report both foreign and domestic attempts are growing in frequency In the interest of advancing ‘microgrid knowledge,’ we will periodically pose a big question that’s been on our minds. Please share your expertise with our readers … [Read more...]

How to Make Many Community Microgrids: The Hunters Point Model

If neighborhoods controlled their power supply, chances are many would opt for clean and efficient energy, especially if it’s cost-effective. But energy choices aren’t left to the locals in the United States. Instead, utilities, cities and states determine our mix of power plants. Communities might have more say if they develop their own … [Read more...]

California Offers Up to $26.5 Million in Microgrid Grants

The California Energy Commission is offering up to $26.5 million for microgrid grants, in a request for proposals issued July 3. The RFP seeks microgrid projects that demonstrate ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy and electric vehicles. “California’s electric grid must become more resilient and adaptable to … [Read more...]

How Do Utilities Make Money in an Age of Energy Efficiency?

Electric utilities are survivors. Their doom has been predicted many times over the last few decades as their industry restructured, competitors arrived and new technologies emerged. Rather than die, utilities morph. We’ve entered yet another period of utility disruption. This time the challenge is formidable. Electricity sales are flat in the … [Read more...]