Energy Storage Gets Biggest Boost in Years. Thank you FERC

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A recent federal ruling is likely to give energy storage its biggest boost in years, and buoy microgrids along the way, by granting storage more access to revenue from competitive wholesale electricity markets. Issued February 15 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the rule aims to eliminate barriers that prevent energy storage from … [Read more...]

More Opportunity for Microgrids as Texas Coal Plants Retire

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Texas appears to be headed for a precarious summer with the potential for a tight power supply – a situation that could create opportunity for quick response microgrids. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, issued a warning signal in late 2017. … [Read more...]

“Stale” Time-of-Use Rates May Undercut Benefits of Energy Storage in California

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California's grid operator is considering a load shift product that could beat "stale" time-of-use rates in its ability to avoid greenhouse gases and generate income for energy storage system owners and operators. The problem, for storage system owners, is time-of-use rates are getting “stale,” and don’t represent what mix of fuels are producing … [Read more...]

Electric Resilience to Get FERC-level Attention. But Not the Way the Trump Administration Hoped

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled Monday that it will make energy resilience “a priority” -- but not in the way U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had requested. The commission rejected the energy secretary's assertion that retirement of coal and nuclear plants threatens electric resilience. Instead FERC plans to look at … [Read more...]

LO3 Blockchain to Connect Microgrids to European Wholesale Power Market

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LO3 Energy and European electricity exchange EPEX Spot plan to develop blockchain energy trading and transaction systems to link microgrids with the European wholesale power market. Staging an international launch event in Paris this week, EPEX Spot and New York-based LO3 Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to share their … [Read more...]

New GTM Report Forecasts $12.5B Microgrid Investment within US by 2022

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A report released today by GTM Research forecasts $12.5 billion in microgrid investment within the United States over the next six years. “U.S. Microgrids 2017: Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast” identifies 3.2 GW of existing microgrid capacity growing to 6.5 GW by 2022, a 14.1 percent compound annual growth rate. The report shows a … [Read more...]

Illinois is the Grid Modernization Market to Watch: Report

Illinois is emerging as the best kept secret in grid modernization, taking big strides that go unnoticed in the shadow of high visibility coastal states that are pushing for flashier industry reforms. That's the word from a new report, “Generation to Generation: An Energy Evolution," by management consulting firm ScottMadden. The report finds … [Read more...]

Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

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A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

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Pepco has filed a $44.2 million proposal with Maryland regulators to build two public purpose microgrids, designed to keep power flowing to essential societal services during a grid outage and bolster utility operations on normal days. The Exelon subsidiary petitioned for approval of the microgrids before the Maryland Public Service … [Read more...]

Stacking Energy Storage Values to Make Batteries More Profitable: Brattle Report

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Stacking energy storage values -- capturing many value streams -- can lead to profitable projects, even at current storage costs, according to a new report from economists at The Brattle Group. The report, "Stacked Benefits: Comprehensively Valuing Battery Storage in California," focuses on California, but its conclusions apply generally to the … [Read more...]