California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

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Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Developers See Promise in Second Phase of Innovative New Hampshire Pilot

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Energy storage developers are eager to participate in the second phase of an innovative energy storage pilot in New Hampshire, after the proposal's first phase failed to deliver an ownership provision they sought. After a year of negotiations, a New Hampshire utility and several stakeholders have reached an agreement that would create the … [Read more...]

Smoothing The Sun: Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego’s Microgrid

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Maxwell Technologies' Jessica Baris explores the ins and outs of the innovative ultracapacitors on UC San Diego’s microgrid and how the energy storage system works.  For a smattering of days this year, Mike Wilk’s office space was a grove of eucalyptus trees on UC San Diego’s coastal campus. Wilk, a senior systems engineer at Maxwell … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Meter Solar PV, Energy Storage Set to Shift Calif. Time-of-Use Rates

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In California, it can get expensive and complex for utilities to deliver electricity when demand is high. To help mediate these costs, California's utilities offer time-of-use (TOU) rates, prices for power based on demand trends on the grid. A new white paper from Enel X explores how behind-the-meter solar PV and energy storage are aligning to … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Time-of-Use Rates: Calculating the Impact on Behind-the-Meter Solar PV and Energy Storage

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For utilities, electricity is generally more expensive and complex to deliver when demand is high. To help cover these costs, California’s utilities have traditionally imposed time-of-use (TOU) rates, which created a daily schedule that applies different prices for power based on demand trends on the grid. When demand is highest, prices are highest … [Read more...]

World’s First Grid Connected Baseload Tidal Power Station

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After delivering the world’s first subsea grid connected tidal array in 2016, clean tech company Nova Innovation has followed up with another world first -- a tidal array and Tesla battery providing baseload tidal power to the grid. The system provides some of the electricity for the 23,000 inhabitants of the Shetland Islands, a Scottish … [Read more...]

How Battery Energy Storage Changes the Game

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Schneider Electric's Andy Haun offers insight on how battery energy storage has the potential to change the energy landscape. We are in the midst of a massive shift in how energy is both produced and consumed. Power generation today is becoming more decentralized and distributed, produced at the edges of the grid, behind-the-meter (BTM) of … [Read more...]

The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Benjamin Lavoie explores the role that energy storage plays in a microgrid, and what this means for resiliency efforts.  Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Colorado Energy Storage Rights Bill Could Boost Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

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Colorado businesses and residents can now install energy storage without discrimination in utility rates, charges or treatment -- a move that could increase development of solar-storage microgrids. The guarantee comes by way of an energy storage rights bill recently signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Hailed by supporters as landmark legislation, … [Read more...]

The Missing Link in Energy Storage

A number of challenges now face the electric power industry: volatile wholesale market, increasing transmission constraints, and uncertainty on the part of customers as to what this has all meant. Today, these three issues play a role in the development of hydrogen energy storage demand : Government Role Prior to deregulation in the electric … [Read more...]