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...]

Flat Rates & Permitting Issues Undermine Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

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Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and … [Read more...]

Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid: What Will Come Out of Today’s Wild West?

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We're in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we're headed -- and it's big. Davis sees blockchain technology rehaping two of the pillars of our industrial economy: the grid and personal mobility. How can this happen? One … [Read more...]

How Will New York Value Distributed Energy Resources Now?

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New York regulators issued an order Thursday that begins the process of phasing out net metering to instead value distributed energy resources based on a range of benefits they bring to the electric grid. Part of New York’s larger Reforming the Energy Vision policy, the order is expected to help the state reach its goal of generating half of its … [Read more...]

Southern California Edison Seeks Local Energy Resources to Bolster the Transmission Grid

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Southern California Edison has issued a solicitation that seeks local energy resources to bolster grid resiliency -- a departure from a typical utility approach to improve a transmission system. The solicitation speaks to the new and growing use of distributed energy sources to solve grid problems in a pinpointed way. Local energy resources … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: What a New Clean Energy Report Reveals

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The latest edition of the “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook” isn’t about microgrids per se, but it says a lot about the technologies commonly used inside microgrids. Many of the technologies are thriving and prices are falling, particularly for energy storage and solar. Fuel cells are on an uptick too, according to the report released this … [Read more...]