Can a National Demand Response Event Fill in the Solar Gap for Monday’s Eclipse?

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Amateur astronomists donning their solar eclipse glasses Monday likely won’t be thinking about how a national demand response event, grid modernization, microgrids, energy storage, or other resources might provide the energy needed to make up for lost solar energy. In fact, they probably won’t be aware that nearly 9 GW of solar power is … [Read more...]

Grid Cybersecurity Spending to Reach $3.2B…News from Navigant, Enel and Enbala

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Navigant sees rise in grid cybersecurity spending Navigant Research is reporting today that it foresees global spending on grid cybersecurity growing from $1.8 billion in 2017 to nearly $3.2 billion in 2026. “The proliferation of the smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the deployment of billions of networked sensing devices, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

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Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants & Transactive Energy: How Will They Change the Energy Business?

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Virtual power plants and transactive energy. You've heard the terms, but what exactly do they mean? And why does a leading microgrid analyst see them changing the way the power industry does business? At the center of the changes are the rise of prosumers, who once purchased energy but now produce it, helping create new opportunities for grid … [Read more...]

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...]

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

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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...]

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Services, But Regulations Needed: Pilot

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EVs provide valuable grid services, but regulations are needed to ensure that the benefits are maximized, according to a report about a BMW/PG&E pilot program, BMW iCharge Forward. BMW and PG&E partnered in a demand response program involving 100 BMW i3 cars in the San Francisco Bay area plus a solar-powered stationary BMW 2nd life … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

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Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative … [Read more...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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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...]

Distributed Energy Storage Reduces Demand via 8,000 Batteries

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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...]