Energy Impact Partners Latest Bet on the Grid of the Future: EV Charging

Energy Impact Partners

Energy Impact Partners, a coalition of utility investors, is continuing its bet on the grid of the future, this time backing an electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Greenlots. The strategic investment group, whose partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and other utilities, announced today that it has made a “significant … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Microgrids for Resilience, but Aren’t Getting Them

microgrids for resilience

The “vulnerable” U.S. electric grid needs more microgrids for resilience, but outdated rules may get in the way, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The congressionally-mandated report listed microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) as among 12 fixes to bolster a grid that … [Read more...]

Pacific Power Offers Funds for Renewable Microgrids and Other Advanced Energy

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Oregon-based utility Pacific Power is offering funds for clean energy projects, with emphasis on renewable microgrids, electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems and other advanced energy that serves communities. The funding comes from the utility’s Blue Sky program, which has provided $10 million for clean energy projects since 2006. … [Read more...]

Power Grid Cybersecurity Risks: It’s Not Only the Russians

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It's not only the Russians who pose risks to power grid cybersecurity. While they do pose some risks, there are more serious threats, especially to unprotected small- to mid-size energy companies, says a new report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). “There's a lot of hype surrounding the cybersecurity of the energy … [Read more...]

Con Ed Gets Okay on More Non-Wires Alternatives: “What Was New Has Become Normal”

non-wires alternatives

Not so long ago, mentioning the term non-wires alternatives evoked a “Huh?” But now in New York, non-wires alternatives are becoming standard utility business practice, as evidenced Thursday by an important state Public Service Commission vote. The commission approved an indefinite extension of Consolidated Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Demand … [Read more...]

Two Giants, Siemens and AES, Create ‘Fluence’ to Pursue Global Energy Storage Market

fluence

Siemens and AES have joined forces to create Fluence, a joint venture with an ambitious goal to capture major segments of the energy storage market worldwide. The deal brings together two mega-energy companies. Siemens offers a range of energy services and technology in 160 countries. AES serves 10 million utility customers and operates 30 … [Read more...]

New Connecticut Law Opens Door to More Fuel Cell Projects

fuel cell projects

A new law opens the door for more fuel cell projects in Connecticut, with the state placing value on their ability to enhance electric reliability and resiliency. A hub of U.S. fuel cell manufacturing, the state already has several fuel cell microgrids, including projects for the town of Woodbridge, University of Bridgeport, and Hartford’s … [Read more...]

California Bill Aims to Help Befuddled Cities, Towns Permit Energy Storage Quickly

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With hundreds of small-scale energy storage applications expected in response to California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program, a new bill aims to help confused cities, towns and counties permit energy storage systems efficiently. Sponsored by the California Energy Storage Alliance, AB 546 would create a handbook of best practices for … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo’s Pen

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New York looks poised to be another big win for the energy storage industry, pending the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a recently passed bill to create an energy storage target. Cuomo has yet to show his hand, but energy storage advocates are hopeful that the already green-leaning governor will sign SB 5190/AB 6571. The bipartisan … [Read more...]

Southern Company Advances National Microgrid Strategy

microgrid strategy

Another major utility is on the move advancing a microgrid strategy to build projects beyond its regulated service territory, this one Georgia-based Southern Company. With assets of $109.7 billion, and 32,000 employees in four states, Southern is one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, ranked as number three for market value. It is pursuing … [Read more...]