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  • Will Storage Be at the Heart of Residential Communities of the Future?
    on 21st March 2018 at 1:56 pm

    One of the biggest homebuilders in North America is hoping energy storage can help create sustainable homes that are the foundation of residential communities in the future. […]

  • How Renewables Coupled with Batteries, Diesel- or Gas-Fired Generators are Bringing Firm Power to the Most Remote Locations on Earth
    on 20th March 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Pairing renewables with diesel and gas-fired generators to power remote and hard-to-access regions all over the world is rising trend for 2018 and beyond.&nbs […]

  • Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future
    on 19th March 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Lithium could be a lifeline for oil majors as the energy industry shifts toward lower-polluting alternatives to fossil fuels, said Jeff McDermott of Greentech Capital Advisors LLC. […]

  • Clean Energy Issues Highlight “New Hampshire Energy Week”
    on 16th March 2018 at 4:43 pm

    At a breakfast during “NH Energy Week,” Governor Sununu said that its time to take the politics out of energy. His office is set to release a long-term energy plan in the next few weeks that lays out the direction that the state should be going regarding energy. “What we do today should be different than what we did five years ago,” he said, adding that the “old school” way of pitting renewables against cost-savings is no longer valid. &nbs […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: Cue the Smart Storage — What Artificial Intelligence Can Do for Our Energy Storage Future
    on 13th March 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has a broad set of applications, and exactly how it could be applied in the renewables sector and what changes it might bring to the grid can seem elusive. But this future-like technology is already hard at work for our power system. Stem Inc.’s Larsh Johnson explains in this episode. […]

  • World’s First Energy Storage Fund to List in London
    on 13th March 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Gore Street Capital plans a London listing for the world’s first energy storage fund. The London-based private-equity firm is seeking to raise 100 million pounds ($139 million) from the initial public offering expected later this month on the London Stock Exchange.&nbs […]

  • POWER-GEN Needs You: Submit an Abstract Today
    on 9th March 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Have a listen to this one-minute video that explains all of the new tracks and session types we’ve added to POWER-GEN 2018 and then submit an abstract to speak at the show today. Time is running out – the final deadline is March 16, 2018. &nbs […]

  • Opening the Electricity Market to Competition a Win for Renewables, and Ratepayers
    on 8th March 2018 at 3:43 pm

    The price of electricity has been regulated for so long that price regulation is widely considered proper and necessary. The reality is that rate regulation was needed only to enable utilities to raise investment capital for building large central power plants and transmission lines.&nbs […]

  • GE Brings New Grid-Scale Energy Storage Platform 'Reservoir' to Market
    on 7th March 2018 at 3:30 pm

    GE today launched its new grid-scale Reservoir energy storage platform. GE said that it has a 20-MW/80-MWh pre-launch commitment for the 1.2-MW/4-MWh Reservoir unit. […]

  • What Is Driving Cooperatives to Deploy Energy Storage?
    on 7th March 2018 at 3:01 pm

    The use of batteries to reduce peak demand charges may be one of the most clearly defined business cases for battery energy storage among electric distribution cooperatives in the U.S., according to a report released yesterday by cooperative bank CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. […]

  • Nissan Wants Free Power for All EVs
    on 6th March 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Nissan today said it is expanding its collaboration with German utility E.ON in Europe to advance its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology so EV drivers can charge their cars for free. […]

  • Utilities Plot Their Digital Future
    on 6th March 2018 at 5:06 pm

    In December, 20 months into the top job at Germany’s Innogy AG, Peter Terium unveiled a 3 billion-euro plan to transform the utility into a provider of electric car technology, digital networks, and offshore wind farms. His goal, he said, was to become “a trailblazer of change. We do not wait to see what happens. We set trends.” Terium didn’t need to wait long to see what happened. A week later, he was out of a job.&nbs […]

  • Utility-Scale Microgrid Cluster Approved for Chicago
    on 5th March 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by Exelon Corp. subsidiary Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) to build one of the first utility-scale microgrid clusters in the U.S. in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. […]

  • Jamaican Utility Invests in Flywheel-Battery Hybrid Storage System
    on 28th February 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Jamaica Public Service Ltd yesterday said that it is investing US$21.6 million in a hybrid energy storage solution to support grid stability. […]

  • How Should EV Owners Be Rewarded for Supporting the Grid?
    on 27th February 2018 at 8:33 pm

    A group of organizations with funding from the U.K. government will work to understand how best to reward drivers who use their electric car batteries to support the U.K.’s power grid. […]

  • Solar-plus-Storage Helps Kauai Beat Diesel Power Prices
    on 26th February 2018 at 4:55 pm

    A new solar-plus-storage project in Kauai, Hawaii, will provide power at 11 cents per kWh and help the island’s utility avoid the use of 3.7 million gallons of diesel annually. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy —The Business of Blockchain: Where Cryptotech Fits for Renewables Today and into the Future
    on 23rd February 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Businesses are asking how much attention they should be paying to blockchain now and what the opportunities are for this crypto-technology in the future. In this podcast episode, Dan Wellers, Global Lead for Digital Futures for SAP, ventures into the coming possibilities of blockchain for renewables and the entire energy value chain. […]

  • Sonnen Turns to South Australia for Solar Storage Manufacturing
    on 22nd February 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Leading global battery and solar energy company Sonnen will move its Australian headquarters from Sydney to Adelaide where it will also establish a manufacturing hub. […]

  • Homeowners Get New Tesla Batteries in Utility Trial
    on 20th February 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Nova Scotia Power has installed Tesla Powerwall batteries at 10 of its customers’ homes in a trial that the utility says will help it meet a 40 percent renewables by 2020 goal. […]

  • Australian Renewable Giant Snowy Hydro Mulls Raising A$2 Billion
    on 20th February 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Snowy Hydro Ltd., Australia’s largest hydropower producer, is considering raising as much as A$2 billion ($1.6 billion) by the end of 2018 for a project expansion, which will boost its 4,100 megawatt capacity by as much as 50 percent. […]

  • The Future of Power-to-Gas Couldn’t Be Brighter
    on 20th February 2018 at 3:13 pm

    The objective of PtG technology is to enable the balance of supply and demand for power in electricity networks with renewable energy. Importantly, as the use of renewable energy continues to grow there will be an ever-increasing need to support ramping and smoothing of renewables and to enable storage of the over-production via transfer of PtG on an as-needed basis. […]

  • Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid for Solar-plus-Storage
    on 19th February 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Classrooms at the SU Matrullas school in Orocovis are now entirely powered by solar panels and battery storage systems supplied by Sonnen GmbH and local developer Pura Energia.&nbs […]

  • Patagonia Takes Corporate Giving to the Next Level for Climate Action
    on 19th February 2018 at 1:27 pm

    In this minicast, Patagonia launches an online platform in support of local action on climate change and visits one of the greenest U.S. cities to help introduce the new platform, called Action Works. […]

  • Solar EV Charging Gets Lift with New Partnership
    on 16th February 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Germany-based solar and storage provider IBC SOLAR AG said it will begin making EV charging systems that pair with PV and energy storage available to customers. […]

  • Opportunities Grow for Renewables in 2018, From Pricing to Packaging
    on 15th February 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Renewable energy market momentum will continue into 2018, even if the policy needle continues to flutter in the months ahead. As utilities and clean energy firms will tell you, the world doesn’t wait for policy certainty. Consider this: emissions from power plants in 2017 are on track to be less than those from transportation for the first time in 40 years. Opportunities abound. […]

  • 2018 Renewable Outlook Stable: Renewables Can Now Self-Sustain
    on 15th February 2018 at 9:16 pm

    With renewable energy undoubtedly entrenching itself as a global industry over the last decade, what will the next 10 years bring? The short answer is “more growth” and notably, “self-sustaining growth.” As the market evolves, growth will this time be supported by advancements in battery storage technology. While developing markets will see demand for power continue to grow, the same trend will likely flatten out for developed markets, though the expected roll-out of electric vehicles could add to demand. […]

  • FERC Removes Energy Market Barriers for Energy Storage; Will Study Aggregated DERs Next
    on 15th February 2018 at 5:08 pm

    On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the governing body that oversees the electric power grid in the U.S., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), voted unanimously in favor of adopting a new rule that would remove the market barriers that now prevent energy storage from participating in the wholesale energy markets, aka, the bulk power grid. &nbs […]

  • Bigger Turbines, Better Economics, More Digitization on Deck for the 2018 Wind Power Market
    on 14th February 2018 at 8:59 pm

    As we enter 2018, here’s a high-level overview of which wind energy trends to keep your eye on in the coming year. […]

  • Maryland Launches Energy Storage Tax Credit Pilot Program
    on 14th February 2018 at 4:37 pm

    In what is being called a first for the U.S., Maryland has committed $750,000 to an energy storage tax credit program for 2018. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) yesterday said that it now is accepting applications for the program. […]

  • Unpacking the Value Stack: The 2018 Challenge Facing the Energy Storage Industry
    on 13th February 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Even though energy storage was one of the hottest topics in 2017, the industry has a long way to go before utilities recognize (and compensate) storage assets for all of the benefits they can offer.&nbs […]

  • How One Florida Utility Will Use Storage to Capture 'Lost' Solar
    on 13th February 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Florida Power & Light last week said that it has installed a battery system at its Citrus Solar Energy Center that will allow the utility to get more energy from solar panels at the project. […]

  • Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas
    on 13th February 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries. […]

  • Environment Not a Winner in Trump’s New Infrastructure Plan
    on 12th February 2018 at 4:50 pm

    A new infrastructure rebuilding plan released this morning by the Trump Administration puts current environmental safeguards in serious jeopardy, but it is not entirely without inroads for support of clean energy. […]

  • How Important Is City Leadership to the Paris Agreement?
    on 12th February 2018 at 1:09 pm

    In this minicast, local and regional governments call for global conversation on urban planning for climate change, and the European Commission releases the biggest database on cities ever published. […]

  • Why America’s Tech Talent Should Reconsider Africa
    on 9th February 2018 at 7:19 pm

    With aspects of the Silicon Valley model coming under question, where can the next generation of young, aspiring and talented data scientists, coders and entrepreneurs look to? […]

  • US Tax Credits Finally Extended for ‘Orphaned’ Clean Energy Tech
    on 9th February 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Representatives of what have been dubbed “orphaned” clean energy technologies breathed easier knowing they finally won tax credit extensions as part of the spending bill passed today. […]

  • Creating and Maintaining a Microgrid: Tools to Get You from Concept to Reality to O&M
    on 8th February 2018 at 9:22 pm

    If the energy industry learned anything in 2017, it was that energy systems are highly vulnerable to damage from hurricanes, wild fires and other natural disasters and work should be done to make the world’s electric grids much more resilient.&nbs […]

  • Digitalization Is Revolutionizing the Renewable Energy Sector
    on 8th February 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Renewable energy capacity increases faster than any other technology, as clean energy has never seen such high demand. A decline in investment is not due to a lack of interest, but more significantly, a considerable drop in the costs of green energy technology.&nbs […]

  • World's Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries
    on 8th February 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Vestas Wind Systems A/S will offer solar power and storage, allowing the world’s biggest turbine maker to sell hybrid renewable plants that generate electricity around the clock. […]

  • When We Talk about the Future of Renewables, We’re Only Right About Half the Time
    on 7th February 2018 at 6:37 pm

    When I started at Renewable Energy World in the fall of 2007 as a part-time news editor, the year 2020 seemed eons away. At that time, it was easy to write about how much of a particular region’s electricity would be supplied by renewable energy by 2020, because even though the numbers were very small in 2008, with 2020 so far away, predictions seemed easily plausible. […]

  • Compound Could Transform Energy Storage for Large Grids
    on 7th February 2018 at 3:07 pm

    In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the sun isn’t shining and the wind doesn’t blow. […]

  • Macquarie Joins with Venture Firm to Target Storage, EV Charging Tech
    on 6th February 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Macquarie’s new program will help develop so-called infratech companies. Eligible projects include those focused on energy storage and electric-vehicle charging networks. Applications will be accepted throughout the year starting this week. […]

  • Solar-plus-Storage Goes Community-Scale in Massachusetts
    on 5th February 2018 at 4:26 pm

    A small Massachusetts town already well-known for its solar-plus-storage microgrid, now will get a boost from the installation of a community solar-plus-storage project. […]

  • Tesla Tapped by Australia for Solar-plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant Plan
    on 5th February 2018 at 2:49 pm

    South Australia plans to roll out solar panels and Tesla Inc. batteries to at least 50,000 homes to form what its government says will be the world’s largest virtual power plant. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: The Coming V2G Uptrend — Where’s the Value in Grid Friendly Electric Vehicles?
    on 2nd February 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Rajit Gadh of the Smart Grid Energy Research Center breaks down the sectors involved in vehicle-to-grid technology, identifying the path to widespread adoption for V2G and the resulting benefits to the power grid. […]

  • White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut to Clean Energy Research
    on 1st February 2018 at 3:08 pm

    The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts in the Energy Department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. […]

  • Maximizing Profit with Software that Optimizes the Stacked Values of Distributed Energy Resources
    on 31st January 2018 at 5:52 pm

    The tools that utilities are using to try to understand the value of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as batteries and solar PV along their grids was a hot topic in all five sessions in the Energy Storage Track at DistrbuTECH 2018.&nbs […]

  • Younicos Equips Hawaii Wind Farm with Energy Storage
    on 31st January 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Younicos signed an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm on the island of Maui, Hawaii. […]

  • How Fast Can a Utility Deploy Energy Storage?
    on 31st January 2018 at 4:26 pm

    The question of fast-tracking energy storage was discussed during DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio Texas last week in a session called “Fast Tracking Energy Storage: A Look at the Projects that Fulfilled the Aliso Canyon RFP.” &nbs […]

  • Zimbabwe to Become a Global Lithium Player
    on 31st January 2018 at 3:40 pm

    ZIMBABWE is expected to be one of the major global players in the production of processed lithium, a main component in the manufacturing of electric car batteries with Australian (ASX) listed Zimbabwean mining concern, Prospect Resources having set sights at extracting and processing the mineral this year. […]

  • Trump Mum on Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change
    on 31st January 2018 at 12:36 pm

    In what should have been a surprise to no one, U.S. President Trump, in his State of the Union speech, made no mention of climate change, advanced energy, clean energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency. He mentioned energy in only two sentences during his 80-minute speech, recapping what he views as his accomplishments over the year in office. “We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” he said. […]

  • Wind-plus-Storage Is Taking Shape in Australia
    on 30th January 2018 at 9:22 pm

    As Australia begins to expand its plans for more wind farms backed up by batteries, Singapore-based Nexif Energy has broken ground on a 212-MW wind farm in South Australia that will include fast-response storage capacity. […]

  • Former Obama Energy Secretary Cold on Energy Storage Potential
    on 30th January 2018 at 10:49 am

    The ex-head of the Obama administration’s energy department believes energy storage will remain too expensive to meet long term urban power storage needs, and believes chemical alternatives will need to be found. […]

  • New Jersey Rejoins “RGGI,” the U.S. Northeast Carbon Cap and Trade Program
    on 29th January 2018 at 6:38 pm

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his state is rejoining the multi-state, bipartisan effort to reduce carbon pollution, known as the regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI). RGGI launched in 2007 as a partnership of ten states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Gov. Christie pulled New Jersey out of the multi-state partnership nearly seven years ago. […]

  • France Ready to Shutter All Coal Power Stations by 2021
    on 29th January 2018 at 4:28 pm

    France takes a hard stance on coal; Trump talks renegotiation, again; and portal opens for the UNFCCC’s international conversation on climate change. […]

  • Test to Begin for Peer-to-Peer Renewable Energy Transaction Payments
    on 26th January 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Blockchain web services provider BlockCypher said it will work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a demonstration project for renewable energy peer-to-peer payments using the open-source cryptocurrency Dash. […]

  • Electric Vehicle ‘Clustering Effect’ Could Cause Problems for the Power Grid
    on 26th January 2018 at 3:15 pm

    A clustering effect of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging among homeowners, known as uncoordinated charging, could require future upgrades to electricity distribution infrastructure, according to research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. […]

  • Best-Performing Battery Metal of the Past Year Isn't What You Think
    on 26th January 2018 at 1:35 pm

    A metal that’s in demand for batteries is surging, and it’s not the one everyone’s talking about. Vanadium has soared more than 130 percent in the past year, outperforming better-known battery components like cobalt, lithium and nickel.&nbs […]

  • If You Want to Advance in the Energy Industry, Don't Be Afraid to Wave Your Flag
    on 25th January 2018 at 2:27 pm

    On Wednesday, January 24 during a DistribuTECH networking breakfast, panelists — 3 women from the energy industry — described how they had overcome challenges and made sure that their careers advanced in the directions that they wanted to go. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: What Will and Won’t Happen as a Result of the Solar Tariffs
    on 23rd January 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Today the focus is completely on the solar tariffs, approved by President Trump on Monday January 22. We’ll discuss what we know will happen now that the U.S. will be adding tariffs to imported solar modules and we’ll discuss what won’t happen as a result of these tariffs. What will pricing look like at the end of 2017? Will the solar industry crash and burn? Watch and find out. […]

  • Microgrid on California Tribal Reservation Among Projects of the Year Winners at DistribuTECH
    on 23rd January 2018 at 6:52 pm

    A microgrid at Blue Lake Rancheria, a tribal reservation in northern California, was the winner of the Distributed Energy Resource Integration 2018 POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Project of the Year in San Antonio, Texas, today. […]

  • SEPA, Collaborators Tackle DERMS Standards Prior to DistribuTECH
    on 23rd January 2018 at 2:23 pm

    The march to develop industry-agreed standards for Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) took a major leap forward Monday as utilities and vendors connected in the effort and offered thoughts on the best path ahead […]

  • New Offering Will Help Utilities Better Manage DERs on Their Power Systems
    on 23rd January 2018 at 1:00 pm

    At DistribuTECH 2018, Bentley Systems and Siemens are presenting their new applications for power utilities and industrial power facilities as part of the partnership, which the entities announced last year. The newly released applications will aid users by enhancing Bentley’s OpenUtilities network management, design, and operations applications with new integrated analysis, design optimization, and distributed energy resource (DER) decision support capabilities enabled by Siemens’ PSS SINCAL, according to the companies. […]

  • Report: Companies Need to Think Beyond Renewable Energy
    on 23rd January 2018 at 9:00 am

    On the first day of DTECH, Schneider Electric released the findings of a new report that shows that while 85 percent of major corporations are thinking about reducing energy use through energy efficiency programs and more than 50 percent plan to implement renewable energy in the near future, the vast majority of the companies surveyed were not considering how to actively participate in the incredible disruption that the energy industry is undergoing, such as microgrids, energy storage, and demand response strategies. According to the report, just 30 percent have implemented or are actively planning to use energy storage, microgrids, combined heat and power, or some mix of the technologies and only 23 percent have demand response strategies or plan to in the near term. Schneider views this as a problem because it says that companies need to understand now how to be active participants the way that energy is consumed and generated on their premises. &nbs […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: How Can Renewables, Climate Communities Make a Difference in 2018 US Elections?
    on 22nd January 2018 at 9:07 pm

    In this episode of the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, we look at the issues the renewables and climate communities face before the midterms and the concrete actions they can take starting now to cause change. […]

  • Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project
    on 22nd January 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland. […]

  • 'Every New Vehicle Will Be Electric' by 2025, Disruption Expert Says
    on 22nd January 2018 at 3:29 pm

    A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author has explained how electric vehicles will disrupt and change transportation across the world. But first, Tony Seba — who is an instructor in disruption and clean energy at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, explained to an audience at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, exactly what the nature is of a “disruptor.&rdquo […]

  • San Francisco Startup Secures $55M to Expand Solar, Storage in Africa
    on 22nd January 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into Ghana. The Series D round was led by Helios Investment Partners and included GE Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric Co., Off Grid said in a statement Thursday. The company’s Ghana expansion is part of a partnership with Electricite de France SA. […]

  • A Texas Renewable Energy Roundup As DistribuTECH Heads to San Antonio
    on 19th January 2018 at 8:40 pm

    On January 23, DistribuTECH, one of the fastest growing conferences and expos in the country is set to open. Affectionately called “DTECH” by those in the know, the show is designed to showcase innovation in the transmission and distribution space, which most Renewable Energy World readers know, is undergoing a mega-transformation as solar, energy storage and other forms of distributed energy resources have a growing presence on the grid.&nbs […]

  • Massive Urban Growth Will Challenge Smart City Design
    on 19th January 2018 at 2:58 pm

    The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week presented with some dizzying facts and figures that highlighted the challenge facing those who plan and build the smart cities of today and the future. […]

  • As Trump Tries to Bring Back Coal, EU Leaders Up Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Targets
    on 17th January 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted yesterday to approve and adopt a sweeping set of measures that will ensure the growth of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and advanced biofuels in the region. […]

  • Tesla’s Battery in Australia Is Surpassing Expectations
    on 17th January 2018 at 3:41 pm

    It’s just over one month since the Hornsdale Power Reserve was officially opened in South Australia. The excitement surrounding the project has generated acres of media interest, both locally and abroad. […]

  • New Commission to Tackle Energy Transformation Geopolitics
    on 16th January 2018 at 1:27 pm

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) this week launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. […]

  • EV Batteries Recycled for Grid Use Get Boost with $4.1M Investment
    on 15th January 2018 at 8:10 pm

    A U.K. company that turns used electric vehicle battery packs into stationary energy storage has secured a £3 million (US$4.1 million) investment from Macquarie Group and French utility ENGIE. […]

  • Surging Power Bills Spark Rush for Household Solar in Australia
    on 15th January 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Australia, one of the world’s biggest users of rooftop solar panels, likely added the most new capacity on record last year as electricity users sought to ease escalating power bills. &nbs […]

  • Renewables in Middle East to Triple, but Gas Will Still Dominate, Says Siemens
    on 15th January 2018 at 3:54 pm

    The share of renewables in the Middle East energy mix is forecast to triple over the next 17 years — but natural gas will remain the dominant power source in the region. That’s one of the key findings of a new report published this week by Siemens. […]

  • California Regulators Direct PG&E to Prioritize Storage for Peak Demand
    on 12th January 2018 at 3:52 pm

    The California Public Utilities Commission approved an order Thursday that will require PG&E Corp., the state’s biggest utility, to change the way it supplies power when demand peaks. Instead of relying on electricity from three gas-fired plants run by Calpine Corp., PG&E will have to use batteries or other non-fossil fuel resources to keep the lights on in the most-populated U.S. state. […]

  • Fluence Moves to Support ‘Significant Capital’ Needs of Energy Storage
    on 12th January 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Fluence Energy, the energy storage joint venture launched last year by Siemens and AES, said it will begin offering leasing and project finance options for energy storage projects. […]

  • Taking on Storage Part Two: Risks and How to Mitigate Them
    on 12th January 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Part one of this article identified changes in the energy storage market that are driving deployment and improving the economics of storage technologies. Market stakeholders face many risks, from regulation to litigation, but there are mechanisms available to mitigate them. […]

  • North Carolina Hopes to Lure ‘EV Tourists’ with Rural Charging Stations
    on 11th January 2018 at 9:09 pm

    West Jefferson is among the first communities to benefit from an effort by North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives to lure electric-vehicle drivers off the beaten path to remote and scenic areas they might have otherwise avoided out of range anxiety. […]

  • Taking on Storage Part One: Understanding the Drivers
    on 11th January 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Deployment of energy storage, especially batteries, will increase substantially in the next few years. Three underlying trends in the energy markets will drive the growth. They are favorable federal and state regulations on energy storage, falling costs for batteries due to advances in technologies, and an improved ability by energy storage owners to tap into multiple revenue streams. […]

  • Victoria Government to Build Wind Plus Storage for Advanced Agriculture Facility
    on 9th January 2018 at 8:47 pm

    The government of Victoria, Australia, recently completed an agreement that supports the development of a wind plus storage facility for a crop farm in Western Victoria. […]

  • Federal Regulators Shut Down Perry’s Proposed Rule for Grid Resilience
    on 9th January 2018 at 1:57 pm

    In an order issued late yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that Secretary Rick Perry’s Sep. 29 notice of proposed rulemaking on grid resilience does not meet the statutory requirements of the Federal Power Act. […]

  • Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps
    on 8th January 2018 at 4:19 pm

    When winter sets in, "polar vortex" becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It's enough to send shivers even before the first blast of bitter cold arrives. New research shows that some northern regions have been getting hit with these extreme cold spells more frequently over the past four decades, even as the planet as a whole has warmed. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions!
    on 8th January 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Today’s topics include predictions about what will happen with the U.S. solar trade case – will there be tariffs? If there are tariffs, how will they affect the solar market? Caution: distributors and system integrators. We’ll also look at supply chain issues for solar and batteries.&nbs […]

  • This Is What Microgrids for Resilience in Emergencies Look Like
    on 5th January 2018 at 5:18 pm

    A new group of microgrids has been proposed to help support Connecticut’s critical facilities in the event of an emergency. The proposals are part of the latest round of applications that were due Jan. 1 for funding under the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) microgrid program. &nbs […]

  • Puerto Rico Report 'Build Back Better' Falls Short on Microgrids
    on 5th January 2018 at 2:38 pm

    In December 2017, a steering committee constituted in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico wrote a report, "Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico," for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico, and William Long, Administrator of the U.S. […]

  • 3 Decentralizing Trends: Empowering State Capitals, Consumers and the Capital Markets
    on 4th January 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Even as uncertainties loom, the outlook for clean energy technologies and business models is bright. We can pin this optimism in the concrete: Three decentralizing trends are empowering state capitals, consumers, and the capital markets to lead the way on climate action — and, in turn, those trends are favorably transforming the opportunity landscape for clean energy technologies and business models. […]

  • New Bill Targets Solar, Storage for Disaster Resilience in Florida
    on 4th January 2018 at 4:47 pm

    A bill filed this week in the Florida state legislature aims to establish a pilot program to demonstrate the benefits of solar and energy storage during natural disasters or state emergencies. […]

  • Of Venomous Toads and Precious Jewels — Farewell 2017!
    on 3rd January 2018 at 8:19 pm

    When Shakespeare’s Duke in As You Like It is deposed and forced into exile by his wicked brother, losing everything and living rough in the woods, he fears all is lost. But he soon sees unexpected blessings. So too do we in the year now ending. […]

  • Top Seven Clean Energy Actions in 2017 — Ringing Out the Old Year and into 2018
    on 3rd January 2018 at 8:01 pm

    2017 was a whirlwind of energy market records, policies, and reports. And here’s my list of the big seven areas of note. […]

  • New York Steps Up Energy Storage Investment, Sets 1,500 MW Storage Goal
    on 3rd January 2018 at 2:59 pm

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday said that the state is launching an initiative to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. To support that goal, Cuomo also proposed that the NY Green Bank commit at least $200 million for storage-related investments. […]

  • US Grid Needs to Go on a Diet to Get Leaner and Greener
    on 3rd January 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Many regions of the U.S. have overbuilt and retained too many power plants, which can be detrimental to their owners, consumers, clean alternatives like wind and solar power, and flexible resources like energy storage and demand response (compensating customers for being flexible with their energy use).&nbs […]

  • The Year Renewables Became Mainstream in Australia
    on 2nd January 2018 at 3:45 pm

    South Australia’s lithium-ion battery grabbed the headlines in 2017, first when Elon Musk announced he’d build the world’s largest battery in 100 days or it would be free, then again when he accomplished it, and yet again when the battery reacted to power surges in record time in December. […]

  • Top 5 State Legislative Issues of 2017
    on 2nd January 2018 at 3:00 pm

    With another year behind us, it is time to take a look in the rearview mirror at the year that was for the advanced energy industry. Our annual review of the top state legislative issues tells a story of policy progress for a myriad of advanced energy technologies, along with some familiar struggles. So, without further ado, here’s our countdown of the top five legislative battles of 2017. […]

  • Paving the Way for a Non-Electric Battery to Store Solar Energy
    on 2nd January 2018 at 2:22 pm

    AMHERST, Mass. - Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the energy on demand as heat instead of electricity-addressing the need for long-term, stable, efficient storage of solar power. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy — The How and Why of Advanced Inverters and the Energy IoT
    on 29th December 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Catch up with Bruce Bailey and Ken Boyce of UL on what the market for advanced inverters looks like today, why they can support the growth of a clean and resilient grid, and what their evolution will look like over time. […]

  • Listen Up: A Journey from Solar Thermal to Integrated Battery Storage
    on 29th December 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Please join us on this week’s Energy Show for Jeff Brown's candid insights into the factors that are reducing the benefits of rooftop solar — which then are leading to the next phase (spoiler alert: energy storage) of the rooftop solar industry. […]

  • Nissan Promotes Solar to Electric Vehicle Owners in Japan
    on 28th December 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Nissan Motor Co. in the New Year is promoting free solar panel installations for owners of the company’s new electric-powered LEAF in Japan. […]

  • ‘Build Back Better’ in Puerto Rico — Microgrids Treated Shoddily
    on 28th December 2017 at 3:30 pm

    In December 2017, a steering committee constituted in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico wrote a report, "Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico," for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico, and William Long, Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. […]

  • 2018 — The Year of the Digital Grid
    on 28th December 2017 at 1:08 am

    Nothing will stand out in 2018 as more important for the long-term success of renewables than the advancement of a digital grid architecture. Visibility at the grid edge; integration of sensors and data analytics for distributed generation; smart contracts for energy management; flexible demand; intelligent control systems — these are the buzzy technologies of today that will become standard operations for utilities, system operators, and power producers to maximize the global renewable energy fleet. &nbs […]

  • Microgrid to Support US Navy’s Mission-Critical Activity in Hawaii
    on 27th December 2017 at 4:46 pm

    The U.S. Department of the Navy last week agreed to lease land on Pacific Missile Range Facility—Barking Sands (PMRF) on Kauai Island, Hawaii, for the development of a microgrid that will supply local area power and support mission-critical base activities in the event of a power outage. […]

  • Industry, Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Anti-PACE Legislation
    on 27th December 2017 at 3:55 pm

    A financing program that’s let more than 180,000 homeowners pay for solar panels and clean-energy appliances through their local tax bills is poised to survive an effort by Republicans to add regulations that would have effectively shut it down. […]

  • On China Solar: Top Three Issues Facing the World’s Largest PV Market
    on 27th December 2017 at 3:47 pm

    According to the most recent data, China produced 170,000 tons of multicrystalline silicon during the first three quarters of 2017, a year-over-year increase of 17 percent. The country produced 62 GW of silicon chips during the same period, up 44 percent; 51 GW of batteries, up 50 percent; and 53 GW of components, up 43 percent from the same period of a year earlier. China witnessed a year-over-year increase of 39 percent and 34 percent in export volume of batteries and solar components for the first 8 months of the year, respectively. However, as a result of price declines, the combined export value decreased.&nbs […]

  • Four Renewable Energy Trends to Follow in 2018
    on 27th December 2017 at 2:47 pm

    There are important trends to keep an eye on in 2018 where sustainable energy is concerned. Here are four trends to follow in the New Year. […]

  • Juliana v US: For Children of All Ages — Part One
    on 22nd December 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Through the magic of YouTube TV, I was able to sit in on the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States. The lawsuit is being brought by 21 plaintiffs ranging in age from 10 to 21. It accuses the federal government of causing them harm by failing to protect them adequately from the effects of global warming. Plaintiffs are asking the court to order the federal government to do something to redress the problem, e.g., regulating carbon emissions from power plants and fossil fuel extraction on federal lands. […]

  • Listen Up: The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage Systems
    on 22nd December 2017 at 6:42 pm

    There is no doubt in my mind that energy storage systems will be as ubiquitous as solar — in all market segments. Utility companies are installing these systems to balance their intermittent demand and generation of electricity.&nbs […]

  • Bids Are in for Massachusetts Offshore Wind Procurement; Storage Included
    on 20th December 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Offshore wind power proposals were due today in response to a request for proposals (RFP) by three utilities in Massachusetts. Companies submitting their bids presented options that could help give their projects a boost in the selection process, including scalable transmission and energy storage project components. […]

  • Three Ways Science Is Targeting Energy Storage Cost
    on 20th December 2017 at 2:21 pm

    In 2017, scientists shared new ways to think about energy storage and identify opportunities to work with materials that are readily available and could drop the cost of grid-scale batteries. Here are three breakthroughs you may want to follow. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy — The Washington DC Outlook on Renewables in 2018
    on 19th December 2017 at 9:22 pm

    In this episode, Joel Stronberg of the JBS Group discusses the top three big events that happened in Washington D.C. that affected the renewables industry in 2017, plus what critical issues we should be watching in 2018 and the actions industry members can take next year to stay informed and involved in the evolution of renewables in the U.S. […]

  • New Energy Storage Firm Launches Business with Pipeline Purchase
    on 19th December 2017 at 6:44 pm

    California-based esVolta last week launched its new utility-scale energy storage business with the purchase of operational projects and a pipeline of contracted projects. […]

  • 3 Things Companies Can Do in 2018 to Push Global Climate Action
    on 19th December 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Companies stepped up on climate change in 2017. In 2018, they need to bring countries with them. It is fantastic that there are now more than 300 companies committed to set science-based targets to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.&nbs […]

  • House Bill Seeks New Energy Storage Tax Credit
    on 19th December 2017 at 5:47 pm

    U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Penn.) and Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) last week introduced a bill that would create a new investment tax credit for energy storage. […]

  • Tesla Opens New York Store for Solar, Cars and Storage
    on 15th December 2017 at 7:00 pm

    If there’s any doubt Tesla Inc. isn’t just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. On Friday, Tesla opens a store in New York’s Meatpacking District that, for the first time, will sell cars, solar panels and batteries permanently under one roof. […]

  • Can Puerto Rico Really Depend on Microgrids and Renewables for Power?
    on 15th December 2017 at 3:49 pm

    As Puerto Rico sets out to rebuild its electric system knocked out by Hurricane Maria in September, can it become a model for renewable energy? Scores of government agencies, think tanks and energy experts are mulling that question, as much of the U.S. Caribbean territory still lacks electricity. […]

  • World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice
    on 13th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

    The World Bank Group (WBG) yesterday during the One Planet Summit in Paris said that, as of 2019, it will no longer finance exploration for and production of oil and gas. […]

  • California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid
    on 13th December 2017 at 6:33 am

    Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it’s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray into Asian markets.&nbs […]

  • Tesla and Sunrun Among Winners of Massachusetts Storage Grants
    on 12th December 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Tesla Inc., Sunrun Inc. and National Grid Plc are among recipients of energy-storage grants totaling $20 million from Massachusetts. […]

  • Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Re-Power Puerto Rico Includes DERs, Renewables
    on 12th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

    If Hurricane Sandy, during which millions of New Yorkers lost power and damage to the electric grid was substantial, was the spark that ignited New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision, aka REV” then perhaps Hurricane Maria will be the spark that ignites a new energy vision for Puerto Rico. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
    on 11th December 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more. &nbs […]

  • Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal
    on 11th December 2017 at 4:22 pm

    The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year. Kevin McIntyre, sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked for a 30-day extension to act on a sweeping proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who had called on the commission to come up with a plan by Dec. 11, granted the delay late Friday, saying he “respects the reasons” but “looked forward to swift action.&rdquo […]

  • Are Utilities Getting Greener? Merger Proceedings Would Indicate Yes
    on 8th December 2017 at 5:15 pm

    There has been a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the utility sector over the past several years. These transactions generally require public service commissions (PSC) approval in the states in which one or both of the parties have operations, and the PSCs are typically charged with approving only transactions that are in the public interest.&nbs […]

  • Letter from the Editor: Why the Energy Imbalance Market is a Billion Dollar Opportunity
    on 8th December 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Electric grids are mighty complicated. Of course, if you’re in the industry, you don’t need me to tell you that. When we created these huge networks of wires to pass electricity from generator to user, we simultaneously needed to track where the energy originated and where it went so we could figure out how to pay people for the energy they provided. […]

  • Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water.
    on 8th December 2017 at 12:39 am

    So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustaining system that purifies water from any source. The system includes 3 kW of solar PV capacity and a 31-kWh deep cycle battery bank and transports as a 7-foot cube. &nbs […]

  • POWER-GEN 2017 Keynote – Convergence and Collaboration
    on 7th December 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Though the power industry continues to endure rapid change in technology, demand and regulation, the five keynote speakers at POWER-GEN International 2017 focused on making the most of a changing market through convergence and collaboration. […]

  • Variety of Opportunities for Next-Gen Energy Workforce Focus of Women in Power Luncheon
    on 7th December 2017 at 8:56 pm

    About 50 people gathered on Dec. 5 at the Women in Power luncheon during POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas to hear the Woman of the Year and other finalists discuss their roles in affecting change in the energy industry, and the variety of opportunities in energy for the next generation of leaders. […]

  • Energy Storage Made Practical
    on 7th December 2017 at 2:04 am

    Energy storage is undoubtedly a hot topic worldwide. And as more focus is placed on this vital piece of the electricity system puzzle, particularly in the face of the increasing deployment of intermittent wind and solar generating facilities and growing demand for renewable generation, more technologies and approaches are being developed to provide needed storage. […]

  • Corporates #RocktheGrid by Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand
    on 6th December 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Speakers in a session on utility-scale renewable power during POWERGEN 2017 presented evidence that corporate buyers are driving an unprecedented demand for renewable energy today and will continue to do so into the future. In #RocktheGrid - New Market Demand for Renewables, Lily Donge of the Rocky Mountain Institute and head of the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization that helps corporations understand how to buy renewable energy, said that this year 16 corporations have signed deals to purchase renewable energy and of those 16, 13 are new, indicating the growing interest.&nbs […]

  • Session Details Challenges and Possibilities of Microgrid Development
    on 6th December 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Microgrids have suddenly become a hot topic, but why? The five speakers in Tuesday afternoon’s session titled “Tuning Microgrids for Optimized Power Generation” shed some light on why there is increased interest in microgrids by electric utilities and their customers.&nbs […]

  • Enel Signs 85 MW of Energy Storage Supply Agreements with PG&E
    on 6th December 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Enel's North American unit signed three capacity storage agreements with California utility Pacific Gas and Electric for a total capacity of 85 MW/340 MWh. Under the agreements, Enel will build the Kingston, Cascade, and Sierra stand-alone lithium-ion energy storage projects, which will all be located in California. […]

  • Exelon Invests in Storage Startup
    on 6th December 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Exelon Corp., the biggest U.S. nuclear operator, is investing in the batteries of the future. The company is a lead backer of Volta Energy Technologies, a startup that plans to evaluate and test new energy-storage technologies. Albemarle Corp., the Charlotte-based lithium supplier, is also a lead investor in Volta. &nbs […]

  • The Mindshift Needed for Utility-integrated Energy Storage
    on 6th December 2017 at 3:24 pm

    According to one expert, utilities need a paradigm shift in planning when it comes to recouping the full value and receiving all of the benefits of the next wave energy storage.&nbs […]

  • What Is the Best Way to Empower a Cleaner Grid?
    on 5th December 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Energy market participants in some regions of the world are facing the challenge of renewables integration head-on, creating a slow, but steady, campaign to redesign their markets and form more regionalized power grids. Europe has a goal of breaking down the regional barriers that keep energy from moving freely around its power grid. And there are few better examples of energy market regionalization than the work of stakeholders on the U.S. West Coast, and in the Pacific North- and Southwest. […]

  • Azeb Asnake Is the 2017 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year
    on 5th December 2017 at 7:30 pm

    In recognition of her great work advancing power generation in Ethiopia, on Tuesday, December 5 at POWER-GEN International, Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power, was named the 2017 Power Generation Woman of the Year.&nbs […]

  • China Resources Power and SCE Snag Project of the Year Wins at POWER-GEN International
    on 5th December 2017 at 5:00 pm

    On Tuesday, December 5th during the keynote session of POWER-GEN International, Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazine named the energy storage and renewable energy projects of the year as well as an overall project of the year for 2017. In the energy storage category, Southern California Edison’s Hybrid EGT project pulled out a win over Imperial Irrigation District’s Battery Storage Project and Gensa Energy’s Columbia Microgrid. &nbs […]

  • PoweReliability-as-a-Service Enables DER Integration for Microgrid Applications
    on 5th December 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, today at POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas said that it has released its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform powered by the newly launched Trident OP engine featuring a fuel-efficient opposed piston architecture. […]

  • How the Digital Grid Is Powering the Renewable Energy Era
    on 4th December 2017 at 10:52 pm

    To serve twenty-first century needs, legacy grids need the ability to accommodate new demands such as intermittent generation sources and increasingly ubiquitous distributed energy resources (DERs) located throughout the transmission network. […]

  • Demand Response for Renewables Integration: Making a Smart Grid for Tomorrow
    on 4th December 2017 at 8:06 pm

    In September 2017, Arizona Public Service proposed a new product, reverse demand response (DR), that aims to balance system load with excess renewable generation. This is the latest example of using DR for renewables integration (DRRI). […]

  • Clean Energy Leaders Fear Brutal Impact on Renewable Growth As US Tax Reform Takes Shape
    on 3rd December 2017 at 7:37 pm

    In the early morning hours of Dec 2, lawmakers in the U.S. Senate passed their version of a tax reform bill. Unlike the version of the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate bill makes no changes to the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC), on which wind and solar energy developers rely to help finance projects. However, the bill makes changes to the way corporations can use tax equity, in a provision called BEAT (base erosion and anti-abuse tax), which stakeholders fear will result in a significant loss of tax equity finance available on the market.&nbs […]

  • Funding Boosts Australian Renewable Energy Storage Projects
    on 1st December 2017 at 7:32 pm

    A system to capture biogas from a wastewater treatment plant, store it as thermal energy and sell it to the electricity grid is among the next wave of projects to receive money from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund. […]

  • 5 Solar Innovations That Will Make Engineers Giddy
    on 30th November 2017 at 4:53 pm

    There’s no question that the solar industry has gained the solid standing it now enjoys by employing certain winning technologies, but there also is always room for improvement. We’ve seen a few intriguing innovations in solar crop up that aren’t on the commercial starting line, but that you may want to watch in 2018. […]

  • New Study Will Connect the Dots on Smart Homes and the Grid
    on 29th November 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Energy storage provider Sunverge yesterday said that Arizona Public Service (APS) will launch a new study before the end of the year to examine the effectiveness of networked distributed energy resources. […]

  • Battery Storage to Help Offshore Wind Farms Maximize Revenue
    on 28th November 2017 at 9:46 pm

    In November, Statoil announced that it had fully commissioned Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm. The company said that it planned to add battery storage to the project in the coming year. Today, Younicos announced that it will be working with Statoil on the 1-MW/1.3-MWh battery that will be connected to the wind farm. According to Younicos, the purpose of the project is to “teach” the battery when to hold back and store electricity, and when send power to the grid, thus increasing value of the power. &nbs […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: China's Solar Market, POWER-GEN, Tesla
    on 27th November 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Today’s topics include the enormous solar market in China and how much solar the country is expected to install; POWER-GEN, the largest power show for the entire power industry and Tesla’s announcement that its mega storage project is ready for testing in Australia. &nbs […]

  • London Firm Puts Hybrid Energy Park to Work for Waste Management
    on 27th November 2017 at 7:03 pm

    U.K. resource management firm Cory Riverside Energy today said that it will build a hybrid energy park in London to support waste management for the city. […]

  • Giant Battery Set for Testing in the Australian Outback
    on 27th November 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Billionaire Elon Musk’s giant battery being built in the Australian outback will be energized in coming days and begin testing, indicating Tesla Inc. is on track to meet a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the system. […]

  • Spread Solar for the Holidays: Four Gift Giving Ideas for 2017
    on 23rd November 2017 at 1:00 pm

    It’s that time of year again: holidays! Until 2018 begins, we try to set aside some extra time for family, eat delicious meals together, exchange gifts and generally close out the year with good wishes and good intentions for the next year. While Renewable Energy World is a business-to-business publication for the global renewable energy industry, we occasionally get press releases and notifications about interesting inventions that are designed for the general public. And as the holidays approach, we like to bring them to you. &nbs […]

  • The Big Embrace: Electric Utilities Accept Wind and Solar as Reliable Sources, Plan for the Long Haul
    on 20th November 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay. […]

  • Putting Solar+Storage to Work for Africa’s Farmers
    on 17th November 2017 at 8:22 pm

    BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October. […]

  • Massachusetts Opens RFP for the First 100 MW of “Smart” Solar
    on 17th November 2017 at 5:27 pm

    On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity. The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region.&nbs […]

  • Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid
    on 15th November 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources. […]

  • Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes
    on 14th November 2017 at 4:27 pm

    In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved. […]

  • Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?
    on 14th November 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief
    on 13th November 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.” &nbs […]

  • The Microgrid Imperative
    on 13th November 2017 at 11:00 am

    The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them:&nbs […]

  • Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer
    on 10th November 2017 at 6:37 pm

    This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years.&nbs […]

  • Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms
    on 10th November 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage. […]

  • SEPA Requests Industry Players’ Input for DERMS Development
    on 10th November 2017 at 4:24 pm

    The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas […]

  • Solar Installers Are Getting Closer to Profitability
    on 10th November 2017 at 3:22 pm

    There’s long been a Catch-22 about residential solar: despite staggering market demand, it’s been hard to make money doing it—until now. Sunrun Inc. said Wednesday that it’s cash-flow positive. And Blackstone Group LP-backed Vivint Solar Inc. expects to hit that mark next year. […]

  • How Modern is Your State's Grid?
    on 9th November 2017 at 8:34 pm

    A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. […]

  • Modernization Efforts Are Poised to Dramatically Reconfigure the Electric Grid
    on 9th November 2017 at 2:11 pm

    It’s been nearly two years since the release of the GridWise Alliance’s last Grid Modernization Index (GMI-3). The results of the just-released GMI-4, GridWise’s latest tracking of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, demonstrates increased participation in and acceleration of grid modernization efforts across the nation – as clean energy, distributed resources, smart meters, and other technology adoption expands. […]

  • Telsa, Green Charge Help PG&E Learn How to Control Aggregated DERs
    on 8th November 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Over the summer about 33 customers in Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) territory started a new journey with their utility. PG&E is hoping that through this and other pilot projects, it will learn how responsive batteries, solar PV and smart inverters are when they receive a signal from the utility.&nbs […]

  • What Is the Business Case for Energy Storage in Africa?
    on 7th November 2017 at 4:57 pm

    A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome? […]

  • 35 GW of Storage Can Save US $4 Billion by 2025
    on 7th November 2017 at 3:38 pm

    If the U.S. can deploy 35 GW of new energy storage by 2025, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) estimates that the return in operational savings from those deployments could surpass $4 billion. […]

  • South Australia Eyes Big Wave of New Solar, Storage
    on 2nd November 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Meeting in the state capital of Adelaide yesterday, the Board of ZEN Energy approved a strategic plan to establish 1 GW of additional dispatchable renewable generation assets. The assets will support long-term electricity supply contracts with South Australia’s large industrial users to provide access to lower cost, reliable and low emission energy. […]

  • 4 Signs to Watch at COP23
    on 1st November 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Two years after the world joined together to forge the Paris Agreement on climate change, representatives from around the globe will convene in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 6 for the next round of United Nations talks. The summit marks a critical stepping stone for global climate action. […]

  • Listen Up: Designing a Reliable Electric Grid
    on 1st November 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Over the past few months we’ve experienced a solar eclipse, several devastating hurricanes, another under-construction nuclear plant shutdown, and a backwards-looking Department of Energy Grid Reliability study. &nbs […]

  • Tesla Asks, 'Where’s Storage in Perry’s NOPR?'
    on 1st November 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Many people with their finger on the pulse of the U.S. energy industry read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on grid resiliency from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and wondered why energy storage didn’t merit more attention. Tesla, in its comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the NOPR, made its surprise about the omission very clear. […]

  • Texas Engineers Develop New Material for Better Lithium-Ion Batteries
    on 1st November 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes — a breakthrough that opens the door to cheaper, smaller and lighter batteries in the future. […]

  • Oregon Utility to Propose $50M-$100M in Energy Storage Projects
    on 31st October 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Portland General Electric will file an official energy storage proposal with the Oregon Public Utility Commission by mid-November, according to PGE President and incoming CEO Maria Pope. […]

  • Hawaiian Utilities Enact Smart Inverter Requirements
    on 27th October 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Late last week the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs that it hopes will lead to a more stable grid while also giving customers options to go solar. In addition, the HPUC clarified terms of existing programs. […]

  • Getting Serious about Solar for Disaster Response and Recovery
    on 27th October 2017 at 1:32 pm

    The prospect of using solar power on a temporary basis, including for disaster response and recovery, is not new, of course. Indeed, Hurricane Hugo in 1988 is believed to be the first time that solar power was used for relief in the aftermath of a natural disaster.&nbs […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Attacks on Clean Energy, Hawaii, Consumer Protection
    on 27th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Today's topics include federal-level attacks on clean energy in both the U.S. and Australia. Plus, a new PUC ruling in Hawaii about PV + Storage and self-consumption. Finally, how do we make sure that consumers are protected in light of the interest from utilities to communicate with the inverter and the battery? […]

  • How to Address Over-Generation of Solar Energy
    on 25th October 2017 at 2:22 pm

    In 2013, the California Independent System Operator published a chart that is now commonplace in conversations about large-scale deployment of solar PV power. The duck curve—named after its resemblance to a duck—shows the difference in electricity demand and the amount of available solar energy throughout the day.&nbs […]

  • Largest US Grid Operator Opposes Perry’s Plan to Save Coal
    on 25th October 2017 at 2:03 pm

    The biggest U.S. grid operator is asking regulators to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants. "I don’t know how this proposal could be implemented without a detrimental impact on the market," Andrew Ott, who heads up PJM Interconnection LLC, told reporters by phone Monday.&nbs […]

  • Li-ion Tech Gets First Testing Platform for Battery Lifetime
    on 24th October 2017 at 4:46 pm

    DNV GL yesterday said that it has created the first testing-based verification of battery lifetime for lithium-ion batteries. […]

  • FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR
    on 23rd October 2017 at 4:19 pm

    On Friday at the Pierce Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium, keynote speaker and FERC commissioner Cheryl LaFleur offered insight into how she would be considering the recently proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the secretary of Energy issued last month. […]

  • First Look at Sono Motors' Solar and Battery-Powered Electric Car
    on 23rd October 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Considering the reputation of crowdfunding and also the state of the EV startup scene, which hasn't delivered in a while, it's pleasantly surprising to see some actual progress with a new electric car concept. After a successful crowdfunding effort, German startup Sono Motors has unveiled the Sion, a battery-electric car partly powered by solar power with onboard solar cells, earlier this year. […]

  • Enel to Seek More Deals in Energy Storage Business, CEO Says
    on 20th October 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Enel SpA is seeking acquisitions in the energy storage business, as developments in battery technology are set to play a key role for the wider adoption of renewable sources. […]

  • Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project
    on 19th October 2017 at 1:07 pm

    A novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close. […]

  • UK Will Be Vulnerable Outside of the EU's Energy Market
    on 19th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Britain’s divorce from the EU is less than 18 months away yet the arguments become more fractious and uncertainties over trading relationships seem no nearer to resolution. Among the big unknowns is what fate lies in store for the UK’s energy market and its relationship with Europe. […]

  • sonnen To Build Innovative Residential Energy Storage Community in the US
    on 18th October 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Each home in the new community will have solar PV and a sonnenBatterie installed, enabling every household to produce and consume most of its own electricity, according to sonnen. […]

  • UK's First Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Up and Running
    on 18th October 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Today the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened Hywind Scotland, which the company is touting as the first floating wind farm in the world. The long awaited Statoil Hywind floating offshore wind farm is a 30-MW project located at Bucham Deep, which is 25 km from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar and uses Siemens 6-MW turbines. Through this pilot project Statoil hopes to drop the cost of offshore wind energy to a range of €40-60 €/MWh by 2030.  &nbs […]

  • The Effect of Natural Disasters on Electricity Prices
    on 17th October 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet.  Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up. […]

  • Listen Up: Running a Successful Local Solar Business
    on 17th October 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Large companies are predominant in most industries. But when it comes to rooftop solar installations, small is beautiful. Although there have been several large national-scale solar installers, in the aggregate the smaller, local companies dominate.&nbs […]

  • Three Technology Trends and Their Effects on Data and Software
    on 17th October 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Companies using OSIsoft’s PI system gathered this week in London at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference to talk about the realities of what Martin Otterson calls the velocity, variety and volume of data in the modern business world. […]

  • A Helpful Roadmap for California's Certified “Smart Inverters”
    on 17th October 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Solar inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility.  The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17. […]

  • It’s Time to Stop Federal Fiddling with Electricity Markets
    on 17th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt On Oct. 8 in Kentucky announced the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and stated that the solar, wind and other renewable energy tax credits should be eliminated so the industry can compete on its own against coal and other energy sources. […]

  • How to Balance the Solar Efficiency Equation
    on 16th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar cell efficiencies chart depicts confirmed conversion efficiencies for research cells from 1976 to date, for several PV technologies. But as conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules approach peak efficiency, with the leap from lab to life—or from demonstration to mass production—occasionally taking over 30 years, the final question is: what is the additional watt class worth? […]

  • Power-to-Gas for Renewables Integration Is on the Rise
    on 13th October 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Power-to-gas (P2G)—the conversion of electrical power into gaseous energy carriers—is a quickly improving and potentially disruptive energy conversion technology.&nbs […]

  • Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage
    on 13th October 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017. […]

  • How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability
    on 12th October 2017 at 12:59 pm

    If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system. […]

  • Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge
    on 11th October 2017 at 8:24 pm

    The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. […]

  • Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?
    on 11th October 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration. […]

  • This Is the Microsoft Deal That Will Boost Wind-Turbine Battery Tech
    on 10th October 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be the first European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine. […]

  • Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU?
    on 10th October 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official. […]

  • All PV Predictions Were Wrong
    on 10th October 2017 at 3:29 pm

    At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico
    on 9th October 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.  &nbs […]

  • World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering
    on 9th October 2017 at 4:41 pm

    In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars. […]

  • Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?
    on 9th October 2017 at 3:12 pm

    The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week. […]

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