Category Archives: Energy Storage

Grid defection gains ground in Europe as consumers seek energy cost reduction

By Julian Jansen, Energy Storage News

To be sure, grid defection is a term used largely in North America. Yet it is in Europe where the residential solar and energy storage markets have enjoyed greater penetration over the past few years. For instance, Germany alone already has more than 60,000 residential battery storage systems installed today, compared to less than 10,000 grid-connected residential energy storage systems in the United States. This article, then, will focus specifically on the economics of grid defection in Europe today and in the future, and will also examine how such a development could impact the energy industry. Click here to read more. 

Image: “Sonnen Community” in Germany. Credit: Sonnen Battery Company

ESA prioritizes value, competition & access in effort to spur energy storage market in US

The Energy Storage Association (ESA) unveiled a new document this month that offers a number of state policy suggestions designed to spur cost-effective energy storage across the US.

The document, State Policies to Full Charge Advanced Energy Storage: The Menu of Options, states that in order to enable the use of energy storage and reach its top potential in terms of benefiting policymakers and ratepayers, states must focus on value, competition and access. Read more here.

 Photo: Maximizing on cost-effective energy storage will be crucial for the US national grid, as over US$2 trillion in utility investments in electric supply and infrastructure is expected through 2030. Image: ESA

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Energy storage already cost-competitive in commercial sector, finds study

By Ian Clover, PV Magazine

Cheaper battery prices sees storage playing a broader role in energy markets, particularly for commercial customers seeking to reduce peak consumption, research from McKinsey shows. Continue reading.

Battery storage costs are falling, prompting an uptake among prosumers and leading to new challenges for utilities, finds the report. Image: Anesco

Utilities in hot water: Realizing the benefits of grid-integrated water heaters

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive

A wave of interest is building in grid-integrated water heating (GIWH) as a path to system flexibility at a fraction of the cost of battery energy storage. At last count, 53.6 million of the 118.2 million U.S. water heaters were electric. Each could act as a battery for load shifting, peak shaving, or to integrate renewables, according to a Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) paper. Hot water is used largely by residential utility customers in morning and evening hours, wrote RAP Sr. Advisor Jim Lazar. But it can be heated “when power is most available.” Click here to read more.

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The Top Utilities of 2016 For Solar And Energy Storage

By Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry Magazine

Every year, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) crowns the top U.S. utilities for solar, and with the release of its 10th annual utility market survey, the group has now launched additional rankings for the utilities leading on energy storage. “One of the reasons we started the utility solar top 10 lists back in 2007 was to highlight the key, but often unrecognized, role utilities were taking in putting new solar on the grid,” explains SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. “With utility-scale solar now well established as a mainstream power source, we wanted to similarly recognize utilities’ leadership in realizing the full potential of storage to drive critical system changes that will benefit customers and the grid.” Continue reading.

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IREC Releases Energy Storage Guide for Policymakers


A new tool published by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers provides regulators and other decision makers with specific guidance on key issues for policy consideration, including foundational policies for advanced energy storage—a new generation of technologies characterized by flexible operating capabilities and diverse applications. Continue reading.

IREC Webinar on April 26th explores topics in the guide.


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ComEd project targets energy storage at the neighborhood level

 Written by David J. Unger, Midwest Energy News


A new pilot project from Illinois’ largest utility is bringing energy storage out from behind the substation and into the neighborhood. It’s part of a broader experiment in Community Energy Storage (CES), or the deployment of medium-sized batteries in between those found in utility-scale applications and the kind of personal, home-battery systems offered by Tesla and others.
Continue reading.

Photo: ComEd crews lower the Community Energy Storage unit into the underground vault near customers’ homes in Beecher, Illinois.

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Energy storage is America’s industry to lose

By David Ferris, First in a series, E&E News

Julie Blunden is a former solar executive who now focuses her analytical ability on energy storage. When she sits down with an iced tea to run the numbers, they fill her with a sense of urgency. She sees a market that is strapping on its boots for a steep and inexorable climb. Blunden and a growing number of experts believe that energy storage will be worth tens of billions of dollars in revenue within a decade, regardless of what the Trump administration does to harm or help. Batteries will start showing up everywhere, sending shock waves through the auto industry, the electric grid, the petroleum industry and the broader power sector, adding tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs to the economy. Read more here.

Photos included in the article: In the next decade, the energy storage industry will go from the familiar, like the iPhone, into much bigger applications like electric cars and the power grid. Credit: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pixabay, Dave Dugdale/Flickr (Tesla).

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Research Shows Solar+Storage Has the Highest Benefit of Offsetting Utility Infrastructure Requirements

 By Casey Anderson, Renewable Energy World 

Rooftop solar company Sunrun presented a case for solar + storage having the highest benefit of offsetting utility infrastructure requirements, citing research from Crossborder Energy. The research used data from APS in Arizona, where a settlement was reached on March 1 regarding rate designs for solar customers. Sunrun also cited recent research by Berkeley that calls into question arguments made by solar critics that rooftop solar increases retail rates.
Continue reading here. 

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Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar
March 13th – 
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Comparing the Abilities of Energy Storage, PV, and Other Distributed Energy Resources to Provide Grid Services

The grid is undergoing a transformation leading to greater utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). DER devices include batteries, PV, and even aggregated hot water heaters or building lighting systems. At the core of this transformation are the services that these DER can provide to the grid. Presently each device type is siloed into its market or program, and the same services can receive different compensation based on what device is providing it.

The Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) is leading an effort to solve the technical challenges to compare very different DER devices on their ability to supply each grid service. In this webinar, guest speakers from the GLMC will discuss the drivers behind this research, the technical problems that need solving, and their progress so far in the areas of battery and photovoltaic systems.

A Beginner’s Guide to Energy Storage – Free Energy Storage Association Webinar

 March 8, 2017 – 1 to 2 p.m.

New to the energy storage or curious about the industry? Join this complimentary webinar hosted by the Energy Storage Association that outlines what energy storage means, what it does, its benefits and its applications. Plus, get insight into the mission of the Association itself. Participants will also hear different perspectives about the industry from developer and utility points-of-view, as well as the types of jobs in the energy storage sector.

This webinar is supported by the National Society of Black Engineers.

Speakers:

  • Craig Horne, VP, Business Develepment, RES
  • Peter Muhoro, Chief Strategy Officer, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
  • Ricson Chude, P.E., Energy SIG Professional Development Lead, National Society of Black Engineers
  • Matt Roberts, Executive Director, Energy Storage Association

Register here. 

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