Move Over, Lithium Ion: Thermal Energy Storage Finds a Niche

thermal storage

Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand management for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Industrial refrigeration consumes more energy per cubic foot than any other utility load, said Collin Coker, vice president, sales and marketing, Viking Cold Solutions. Thermal energy storage … [Read more...]

California Virtual Power Plant “Shattering Records” for Distributed Energy Storage

virtual power plant

Southern California Edison’s (SCE) five-year-old experiment with local energy has brought about a new world record with a virtual power plant delivering 2 GWh of grid services, according to AMS, the project designer and operator. In 2018 -- its first year of operation -- the virtual power plant was dispatched 250 times to the California … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Featured at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego, May 14-16

miramar microgrid tour

Microgrid 2019 will highlight the US armed forces’ growing use of military microgrids as a means to improve energy resilience, strengthen cybersecurity, and green its facilities. The largest consumer of energy in the world, the US military strongly influences development, price and adoption of electric technologies. Fortunately for the … [Read more...]

Navigant: Remote Microgrids Have Huge Market Potential Globally

remote microgrids

Remote microgrids are becoming the key source for delivering power to global regions that are either tough to traverse or where the main grid is not reliable. And some companies are finding this to be an attractive business model, not only because they can initially limit their capital outlays but also because they can eventually scale up their … [Read more...]

India Utility Commissions Largest Battery Energy Storage System in South Asia

BESS

India's Tata Power, AES and Mitsubishi recently commissioned what the project partners say is India's first, and South Asia's largest, grid-scale battery-based energy storage system (BESS) — a 10 MW-10 MWh system supplied by Fluence, a Siemens and AES company. Connected to a substation owned by Tata Power subsidiary Delhi Distribution … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

community microgrids with energy storage

New Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency.  The growth of distributed resources is forcing utilities and grid … [Read more...]

Maryland Offers Energy Storage Tax Credit…Plus News about Schneider, ENGIE, Veolia and CleanSpark

energy storage tax credit

Maryland offering energy storage tax credit The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is accepting applications for its 2019 energy storage tax credit program, designed to boost use of the resource among households and businesses in the state. Maryland made national news in 2017 as the first state to pass a bill allowing taxpayers to claim … [Read more...]

North Carolina Regulators Cancel Hearing, Moving Duke Microgrid Closer to Fruition

Duke Energy

Duke Energy’s planned Hot Springs microgrid in western North Carolina moved closer to fruition earlier this week when state regulators canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Feb. 25. In canceling the expert hearing, the North Carolina Utilities Commission noted that there was public support and no opposition to the proposed … [Read more...]

Hawaii Traverses New Ground with Microgrid Tariff

microgrid tariff

Hawaii is traversing new ground as state regulators, its utility and other stakeholders work on what may become the first full microgrid tariff in the United States. The parties filed opening briefs this month before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, revealing the complexity of setting microgrid compensation via a utility tariff … [Read more...]

Understanding the Energy-as-a-Service Model for Microgrids

Almost 25 percent of microgrids today use the Energy-as-a-Service Model, also know as EaaS. In this selection from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric, we break down this new model that aims to make it easier to develop and operate microgrids. Although introduced only a few years ago, the energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]