Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

future of microgrids

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

California: Out of Controversy Comes a Role Model for Energy Storage?

model for energy storage

The Clean Energy Group's Seth Mullendore describes problems that have plagued California's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and reforms that may make it a role model for energy storage incentives. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently proposed a few changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) … [Read more...]

Con Edison Plans Virtual Power Plant in New York from 300 Homes… And Other Quick News

Consolidated Edison plans to create a virtual power plant in New York, formed from the largest residential distributed energy storage program in the U.S. This summer the utility will invite 300 New York homeowners to participate in the solar plus storage pilot project, which will integrate more than 1.8 MW of solar and some 1.8 MW (4 MWh) of … [Read more...]

One Good Year Deserves Another: Energy Storage in 2016

Last year’s gains in the battery sector are likely to propel development of energy storage in 2016 and beyond. Peter Maloney, a contributor for Renewable Energy World, explains. Last year was big for battery energy storage. Technology prices continued to fall. Milestone projects got under way, and the sector gained wide media … [Read more...]

New Distruptive Energy Duo: Tesla and Advanced Microgrid Solutions Team Up

Tesla and Advanced Microgrid Solutions, two companies at the forefront of disrupting the status quo in the energy industry, have teamed up in a large deal announced this week. The duo will be putting Tesla batteries into buildings, which then act like small power plants. The buildings don’t actually generate power, but use the batteries as … [Read more...]

Did Tesla Really Move the Needle on Microgrids April 30? Or Did New York?

Tesla made a big splash yesterday with its move into the microgrid business. But action the same day by New York is likely to really move the needle on microgrids. New York quietly (as least compared with Tesla) gave out the first $500,000 to kick-start five community microgrids in the state. It was the beginning of a $40 million flow of funds … [Read more...]