Clean Energy Patents: What’s Up, What’s Down and How Do the Trends Portend Markets?

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A new analysis of clean energy patents reveals increases in electric vehicles and smart green home patents, upswings in blockchain, and decreases in solar and other energy harvesting filings. The report, the Patenting Trends Study, based on data through 2018, also found patents decreasing for smart grids, a term that generally describes the … [Read more...]

Navigant: Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants Will Come to Rely Upon Electric Vehicles as a Source Power

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When Navigant Research examined nine California microgrids that have a total of 21 MW of generating capacity, it found that the biggest value propositions were renewable energy integration, resiliency and bill savings. But it also found emerging benefits from incorporating charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. “The point is that … [Read more...]

Microgrids “Shining Light” for US in World Energy Markets: Report

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US growth lags globally when it comes to technologies used in electricity delivery and management with one exception — the microgrid market — says a new report by the advocacy group Advanced Energy Economy. “In the US market, microgrids are a shining light,” says AEE’s 2019 market report, which looks at global energy revenue trends from … [Read more...]

What Electrification of Transportation and Buildings Means to Microgrids: Interview

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The energy industry is poised for what some describe as a sizable investment shift. Oil and gas lose, and power wins with the growing electrification of transportation and buildings. So what does this mean for microgrids? Mark Feasel, vice president of smart grid, Schneider Electric, offered insight in a recent interview leading up to … [Read more...]

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

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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...]