Energy Storage Instead of Power Plants in NYC…Duke’s Battery Play…States Still Green

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Energy storage as solution to NYC power shortfall Thirty percent of New York City’s old fossil fuel plants are slated for retirement in the next five years. Could energy storage take their place? A new report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage,” says it would be a wise environmental … [Read more...]

California Gives Confused Cities a Hand in Permitting Energy Storage

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California lawmakers have passed a bill that gives confused cities and towns a hand in permitting energy storage and expediting requests, as the state positions to give energy storage a large cash infusion. At the heart of the new law, AB 546, are best practices that aim to help local officials who are unfamiliar with permitting energy … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? It’s All in the Name

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When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone ten years ago, Bloomberg predicated only "a few gadget freaks” would find it appealing. Bloomberg wasn’t alone. Many other reputable analysts failed to foresee the iPhone’s appeal and how this small device would redefine markets. Who knew a little box could do so much – be a phone, but also a banking … [Read more...]

Mayors Call for Microgrid Tax Incentives in U.S. Infrastructure Plan

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A United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) energy committee has called for microgrid tax incentives to be included in a national infrastructure plan for Congress. Called “The New Bedford Principles,” the proposal was released at the mayors’ summit on smart cities and new energy technologies September 14-15 in New Bedford, Mass. The group … [Read more...]

Grid Resiliency, Irma, and the Downside of Waiting until Disaster Strikes

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Despite a heroic effort by utilities, hundreds of thousands of customers remained without power in Florida on Monday, eight days after Hurricane Irma landed, heightening the call for greater grid resiliency. “Severe weather, like the hurricanes experienced in Texas and the Southeast, quickly put into the spotlight the fragile state of our … [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...]

Post Irma: Will the Southeast become the New Northeast for Microgrids?

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Microgrids are on the rise in the U.S., but not quickly enough for the millions in the Southeast who lost power this week – and continue to have none days later -- following Hurricane Irma. Perhaps most poignant, Irma underscores what loss of electricity means to senior citizens, a potentially life-threatening situation when air conditioning … [Read more...]

$20M for Power Electronics R&D…California’s Microgrid Roadmap…Fort Custer Microgrid

DOE funds $20M for power electronics, a key part of a microgrid Now that utility-scale solar costs only 6 cents/kWh on average, U.S. energy policymakers will no longer focus as heavily on driving down prices. Instead, they are turning an eye toward using solar to improve grid reliability and resilience -- a key microgrid feature. As part of the … [Read more...]

DOE Invests up to $50M for Microgrids, Grid Resilience & Cybersecurity

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The Department of Energy didn’t mention microgrids much in a recent report on grid reliability, but it did back the technology today in a $50 million energy resilience and security package. The money will go to the DOE’s national laboratories for early research on tools – including microgrids – to help communities recover from the kind of … [Read more...]

Smart EV Charging Can Reduce Peak Demand: Sonoma County Study

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Smart EV charging in California's Sonoma County can help reduce peak demand and aid in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report,“Beyond Combustion: Electric Vehicle Trends, Goals and Recommendations for Sonoma County.” “Large numbers of EVs connected to the grid through smart charging technology offer a perfect place to … [Read more...]