By Frank Andorka, PV Magazine
According to a new report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), utilities are about to enter the energy storage market in a significant way. The survey, based on responses from 115 utilities, shows that 72% of them are planning on offering behind-the-meter energy storage opportunities for their residential customers, while 80% plan on offering programs to their commercial/industrial customers.. Read more here.
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Louis Lester, energy storage and batteries expert at OPPD, will be one of several speakers this Saturday at this event. His topic: “Meeting the Demand for Electricity and Battery Technology.”
By Diane Cardwell, New York Times
The projects are part of a bold experiment aimed at turning homes, neighborhoods and towns into virtual power plants, able to reduce the amount of energy they draw from the central electric system. But behind them are not green energy advocates or proponents of living off the land. Instead, it’s the local electric company, Green Mountain Power.
Green Mountain’s chief executive, Mary Powell, sees the program here as the best way to please customers while making the system more environmentally and physically sustainable. “Customers, especially in Vermont with the energy-independence values that people have, want to move more toward self-generation.”
Read more here.
Top Photo: Each unit of the McKnight Lane development in Waltham, Vermont, has solar panels installed on the roof. Credit: Jacob Hannah for The New York Times
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
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
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- The 50 States of Solar Report: Q2 2017 Updates Released, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
- Energy Cooperatives Make ‘Solar Gardens’ Bloom, Mother Earth News Magazine, August/September Issue
- Michigan program finances first megawatt of solar, with ambitious goals ahead, Midwest Energy News
- School Sisters of St. Francis plan large-scale solar panel installation, Biz Times Media
- Davis looks at building bus barn with solar panels to power Farmington High, Standard Examiner
- Washington regulators approve Microsoft deal to buy clean energy on open power markets, Utility Dive
- Sonnen Signs a Deal to Put Storage in New Arizona Housing Developments, Greentech Media
- Federal Government Wakes Up To Surging Solar Energy, Forbes
- Solar design software industry stakeholders are working out the best approach to giving developers access to all the tools they need to provide accurate and efficient services, Renewable Energy World Magazine
- Coal Ash: Coming to a Town Near You? Mother Jones
- VW’s Settlement in emissions scandal reaches $1.3 billion, WWMT News
- DOE launches “Hit me with your SuinShot” photo contest, PV Magazine. The contest is offering up to $2,500 in prizes, and PV Magazine is hoping that DOE will license the winners under public domain.
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
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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ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Solar plant to provide 80 percent of Ohio school’s power, WFMJ
- Going Solar (Not Just For Hippies And Rich People Anymore), Northern Express
- For First Time in History, Solar Jobs Outnumber Coal Jobs in Virginia, WVTF Public Radio
- Corporate Clean Energy: Not Just for Google and Apple Anymore, Greentech Media
- Exxon Mobil Lends Its Support to a Carbon Tax Proposal, The New York Times
- Ann Arbor hires firm for $30K to do energy audits of city buildings, Michigan Live
- Bloomberg New Energy Finance: More than 70% of global power investment will target renewables, Utility Dive
- White paper finds customers are better off with competitive energy markets, Utility Dive Guest Opinion written by Darrin Pfannenstiel, President of the Retail Energy Supply Association, a retail energy supplier trade group.
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.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- City Utilities of Springfield, Mo. to partner on storage project, Public Power Daily, American Public Power Association. The $1 million project will be one of the first such storage systems — if not the first — in the Midwest.
- California energy-storage bill passes committee, PV Magazine. Senate Bill 700, if passed, would require the state’s utilities to create rebate programs for customers that install energy-storage systems to accelerate their proliferation.
- Report: Fortune 500 Companies Accelerating Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Efforts, Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles
- New Utility Model Could Change How Corporations, Governments Buy Renewables, Solar Industry Magazine
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.
MORE ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
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.
Photo: ComEd crews lower the Community Energy Storage unit into the underground vault near customers’ homes in Beecher, Illinois.
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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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