FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets

energy storage

US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. “The tariffs improve prospects for storage by clarifying and standardizing the rules under which it participates, and tell market operators they need to accommodate … [Read more...]

Bloomberg Forecasts Another Large Drop in Battery Energy Storage Prices

battery energy storage prices

BloombergNEF (BNEF) delivered good news this week for microgrid projects that plan to incorporate storage (which are many). Battery energy storage prices are set to take another big dive. BNEF’s 2019 Battery Price Survey forecasts that the average price for battery energy storage will be close to $100/kWh by 2023, down from $156/kWh this … [Read more...]

Australian Town at Times Reaches 90% Renewables with Chevron-backed Microgrid

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Sophie Gale from One Step of the Grid reports on a Chevron-backed microgrid in Western Australia that has significantly enhanced a town's ability to use renewables. Horizon Power’s poster child for the shift to a distributed renewable grid, the Western Australia (WA) Pilbara town of Onslow, says its solar and battery microgrid is already helping … [Read more...]

A Way to Speed up Microgrid Development?

Veckta

The good thing about microgrids is that they are often built to the user’s particular needs. That’s also the bad thing about microgid development. Such tailoring — the kind found in advanced microgrids like those at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Princeton University, or Montgomery County, Maryland — takes a lot of planning. Consideration must … [Read more...]

California’s Culver City Mulls 3 Microgrid Options, May Issue RFP

municipal microgrid

Roughly a year after commissioning a feasibility study, Culver City, Calif., is considering issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to move forward with a municipal microgrid. Culver city commissioned Willdan Group to conduct the feasibility study, which was completed in March 2019, with the dual objectives of saving money and … [Read more...]

Food, Shelter and a Microgrid: A Florida Non-profit Readies for the Next Big Hurricane

powersecure

A Tampa, Florida ministries is ready for the next hurricane season — and the thousands of people it may need to feed and shelter — thanks to a new Power Secure microgrid. Working with PowerSecure and the Tampa Electric (TECO), Metropolitan Ministries Foundation late last week inaugurated a microgrid designed to enable the organization to … [Read more...]

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

distributed energy resources

Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs: Act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution … [Read more...]

Homes to Sell Renewable Energy to Businesses in Vermont’s First of a Kind Local Energy Marketplace

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The Holy Grail of local energy lies in the ability of customers to sell to one another. LO3 Energy, a leader in the quest, took a big step today with a program that lets homeowners sell renewables directly to businesses served by Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. Called Vermont Green, the pilot project also looks to solve some haunting … [Read more...]

A Good Trade to Keep the Lights on in San Francisco’s Bay Area

energy resilience

With electric reliability now precarious in the San Francisco Bay Area, community power suppliers are making a deal with customers that benefits both: We give you low-cost energy resilience, you let us tap into your battery storage. Part of the goal of the innovative program is to help customers avoid public safety power shutoffs from … [Read more...]

Report Predicts Jump in Natural Gas Prices as California Communities Pursue Electrification

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Two more cities are choosing electrification in California, efforts that are expected to lead to defection from natural gas and a consequent rise in its prices, according to a draft report submtted to the California Energy Commission. The cities — Mountain View and Morgan Hill — became the 11th and 12th communities in the state to pass … [Read more...]