Washington State Public Utility Installs Solar as Part of $12M Microgrid

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Washington State is getting greener now that the Snohomish County Public Utility District is building a microgrid powered by a 500-kW solar array, which will use lithium-ion battery storage and provide backup power in case of an emergency. The project, which should be ready for testing late in 2020, will cost $12 million and it will receive … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Introduce Extension of Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

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Electric vehicles got a nice jolt on Wednesday as a bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a bill to update and extend the federal electric vehicle tax credit. The way the law is written now, electric vehicle buyers get a tax credit of $7,500 but that deduction phases out once a carmaker sells 200,000 of them. Under the new bill, those … [Read more...]

Beneficial Electrification: Power as the Energy Source for Travel, Homes, Farms

Beneficial Electrification

NRDC's Derek Murrow describes a partnership with America’s Electric Cooperatives to bring 'beneficial electrification' to areas of the economy traditionally reliant on fossil fuels. What if your water heater could function as a backup battery for the electric grid, and your kids rode to school in a clean electric bus that charged overnight, … [Read more...]

Here’s What’s Driving Energy Storage Markets — and How to Benefit

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Energy storage markets are growing quickly, driven by regulations, demand charges, plus utilities’ need to integrate solar into the grid and avoid building new peaking power plants. In fact, innovative utility-scale energy storage projects are popping up across the nation, with utilities and cities using storage to avoid building underground … [Read more...]

Pecan Street and Austin Energy Look to Bring V2G Mainstream with Possible Microgrid Applications

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Energy research center Pecan Street and utility Austin Energy have launched Texas' first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research and testing center, which will work on hardware and software innovations to enable V2G to go mainstream, with possible application for microgrids down the road. V2G describes the electricity flowing to and from plug-in … [Read more...]

How Utilities Will Thrive — Eventually — with a DER-rich Grid

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In the near term, utilities need to beware. The next two years bring strong risk that customers will go off-grid with rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs) while using the utility for occasional backup, says a new report. But by 2040 the prognosis changes. Electric vehicles (EV) and electric heating -- both … [Read more...]

ABB Wants to Boost Storage & Microgrid Activity with a $113-Million Fund

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ABB, a global technology company that specializes in power and automation, plans to boost energy storage and microgrid installations with a $113 million fund provided by Susi Partners, a clean energy infrastructure investment advisor. Under an agreement between the two companies, ABB will provide its ABB Ability-based microgrid technology … [Read more...]

Tesla to Acquire Ultracapacitor Company Maxwell

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Tesla plans to acquire ultracapacitor company Maxwell Technologies in a deal announced Monday by the two companies. The San Diego, California manufacturer would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesla in the all-stock acquisition. The offer values Maxwell common stock at $4.75/share, a 54.7% premium to its closing price Friday of … [Read more...]

California Regulators Redirect Electric Transportation Strategy; Stakeholders Protest

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The California Public Utilities Commission late last week terminated its docket on transportation electrification and opened a new one to create a more coordinated strategy for electric vehicles and their integration into the electric grid. The order, particularly in its draft form, attracted opposition from industry stakeholders, who filed … [Read more...]

Grid Flexibility, Energy Storage, Microgrids Win Funding in NYPA 2019 Budget

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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) yesterday announced hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for energy storage, demand management, microgrids, electric vehicle charging and other distributed energy resources. NYPA made the announcement following a board of trustees' vote to approve its 2019 budget. The budget includes $250 million … [Read more...]