Is Load Flexibility the New Demand Response?

load flexibility

Demand response is reaching a saturation point, but load flexibility is emerging as its new iteration, a 2.0 that is much more powerful and could become a 200 GW grid resource for the U.S. by 2030. That’s the word from the Brattle Group, in a report, “The National Potential for Load Flexibility: Value and Market Potential through 2030.” Among … [Read more...]

What Will it Take to Boost Microgrid Markets to the Next Level?

microgrid markets

Moving the microgrid market is an ambitious goal that will require policy changes, technology advances and a customer-centric approach, say several microgrid industry leaders recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. Overall, this challenging effort delivers big benefits, they say. “It’s an exciting time to be in this industry,” says … [Read more...]

Goodbye to Arguments Against Renewables? New Studies Find them as Reliable and Cheap as Fossils

energy-as-a-service

Can renewables cost less than fossil fuel generation? And are they as reliable? It appears so, especially when they are coupled with a suite of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as virtual power plants and demand response. New reports by Energy Innovation Policy and Technology and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) lay out the … [Read more...]

Move Over, Lithium Ion: Thermal Energy Storage Finds a Niche

thermal storage

Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand management for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Industrial refrigeration consumes more energy per cubic foot than any other utility load, said Collin Coker, vice president, sales and marketing, Viking Cold Solutions. Thermal energy storage … [Read more...]

Massachusetts and California Rank High in Energy Democracy: Report

energy democracy

Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois are the top four states for energy democracy, as ranked by their commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy, according to a second annual Community Power Scorecard. The scorecard, released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, names these states as stars because their energy … [Read more...]

School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort

utility-owned microgrid

A group effort by Puget Sound Energy, the city of Tenino, Wash., a nonprofit organization, and others has yielded plans for a utility-owned microgrid that can island and provide power to the Tenino School District. Under the effort, called the Tenino Innovation and Education Through Renewables (TIER) project, numerous funders are backing a … [Read more...]

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report

wholesale power market

Making wholesale power market rules friendlier to solar and wind energy could bring numerous cost and flexibility benefits, said a new report from a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the U.S. economy with renewable energy. Even though the prices of solar and wind energy are lower in many areas than conventional options, grid operators … [Read more...]

US Utility Invests in Kilowatt Labs to Boost Service with Microgrids

non-wires alternatives

Until December 2017, Kilowatt Labs was still a startup company, developing supercapacitor-based energy storage and an energy server that’s designed to manage distributed energy. But after the company delivered its first product in January, Kilowatt Labs attracted more business than expected. Most recently, it garnered a $2.5 million … [Read more...]

Microgrid To Ensure Cattle on Historic Hawaii Ranch Never Go Thirsty

Go Electric

At Parker Ranch -- a cattle ranch founded in the early 1800s and the largest in Hawaii -- a 400-kW Go Electric microgrid will ensure that cattle never go thirsty due to outages that have plagued the ranch for years. Situated near the end of Hawaii Electric Light’s (HELCO) distribution line on the Big Island are pumping stations that move … [Read more...]

A Microgrid for Every Electric Bus Stop in Martha’s Vineyard Town

EVs, microgrids and renewables

Off the coast of Massachusetts, on the history-filled island of Martha's Vineyard, tourists may soon find themselves journeying into the future on a bus that is wirelessly charged by microgrids. The microgrids are part of the Vineyard Transit Authority's larger clean energy transportation plan, now being put in place with electric buses, … [Read more...]