Big Bid Theory Interviews Elisa Wood about Energy Efficiency, Microgrids, Nanogrids and Virtual Power Plants

Elisa Wood

The Big Bid Theory this week interviewed Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, about energy efficiency, microgrids, nanogrids and virtual power plants. Now in its fourth season, The Big Bid Theory podcast is produced in Austin, Texas, and focuses on technology and other topics for a national audience of business and government … [Read more...]

Microgrid Tariffs and EVs Gain Traction in California Legislature as Session Nears End

microgrid bill

California lawmakers continue to press ahead with a clean energy agenda as they near the session's August 31 close, advancing  a microgrid bill this week and passing what Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is calling landmark electric vehicle legislation. The microgrid bill, Senate Bill 1339, requires that the California Public Utilities … [Read more...]

40 Million Places to Charge your Electric Vehicle by 2030. And Maybe Too Many Too Soon in China

PowerForward

New research on electric vehicle charger growth finds that there will be 40 million charging points by 2030. But has China peaked too soon? RenewEconomy's Bridie Schmidt explores the issue. Electric vehicle sales are trending upwards almost everywhere on the globe, and there’s not much argument about the fact that for this to continue, an … [Read more...]

California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

customer choice

Given its influence, it’s never a pretty sight when California goes astray on energy policy. The energy crisis of 2000-01 still looms large. Its rolling blackouts and skyrocketing costs impaired America’s then nascent customer choice movement. But fast forward nearly two decades and customer choice is reborn -- although not in the way the … [Read more...]

Will this California City Become a Shining Example for Microgrids or a Cautionary Tale?

public purpose microgrid

To David Bliss the proposed Carson solar project offers the best of what the microgrid industry offers: a way to help green the energy supply of a disadvantaged community, save it some money, and provide electric reliability. So the founder of Charge Bliss is bewildered by what he’s about to face today: a possible vote by the city council to … [Read more...]

How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

Senate Bill 100

Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]

Port of San Diego to Demonstrate How Microgrids Benefit Ports Worldwide

microgrids benefit ports

The Port of San Diego aims to show the world just how much microgrids benefit ports with its solar microgrid project, supported with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). About $4.4 million in matching funds will be provided by the port for the microgrid, which is expected to have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of … [Read more...]

News from Russelectric, Ice Energy, GreatWall Power and Maxwell Technologies

russelectric

Russelectric releases new distributed energy controller Russelectric has released a new distributed energy controller, designed for complex, mission critical systems, ranging from back-up generation and demand management to fully functional microgrids. Called the Russelectric Distributed Energy Controller (RDEC), it incorporates the … [Read more...]

Should All Utility Customers Pay for EV Infrastructure and Microgrids?

rate-based microgrids

An accord signed by a range of stakeholders this week opens the door toward rate-based EV infrastructure, which raises the question: Should rate-based microgrids be next? Endorsed by automakers, utilities, labor groups, consumer advocates, and environmental organizations, the Transportation Electrification Accord creates a roadmap for … [Read more...]

Batteries, Solar, Wind, Australia and Japan: All Winners in New Bloomberg NEF Forecast

decentralized energy systems

The winners are batteries, wind, solar, and the decentralized energy systems of Australia and Japan, in a forecast issued today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). Coal is the loser. Of the $11.5 trillion that the world will invest in power from 2018 to 2050, $8.4 trillion will go to wind and solar and $548 billion to batteries, according to … [Read more...]