If rooftop solar is the clean-energy threat to utilities, then community solar farms are the middle ground traditional power companies can live with.
Bitcoin technology is starting to seep into the electricity business, shaking up the way payments are managed every time a light switch is flipped.
Siemens AG is preparing for a surge in German utility-scale energy storage demand to help balance the renewable power onslaught straining the country’s grid.
The result of a massive gas leak in Aliso Canyon threw California utilities into a panic, facing the possibility of weeks of rolling blackouts in the Los Angeles area. Now, SoCal Edison and SDG&E are working to push forward battery-powered energy storage projects to help manage the situation. We’re not talking about a few batteries here and there. We’re talking about setting a new speed record for battery storage installations. In other words, the energy storage revolution is about to get a jump-start from California utility companies.
Batteries won big in the U.K.’s contest to provide power that can be dispatched quickly to help keep the electricity grid stable, a step that will help the nation expand the amount of renewable energy it’s using.
Renewable energy purchasing has evolved into a sophisticated combination of savings calculations incorporating demand charge savings, multiple energy pricing options, and increasingly flexible generation siting. Large corporations have embraced this trend, by buying more renewable energy than ever — a recent PwC survey showed 72 percent of surveyed firms are actively pursuing clean energy procurement.
Grid-scale energy storage will move closer to commercial reality on Friday when the U.K.’s grid operator offers contracts to companies to help balance the network, a key measure needed to help balance increasing supply from renewables.
Minnesota’s 2013 solar legislation started two new consumer-oriented solar experiments, both of which gained national attention. Three years later, these two programs have taken markedly different paths.
The California Public Utilities Commission at its June 9 meeting will look at approving an emergency “wood tolling” agreement where Pacific Gas and Electric would provide wood from endangered forest areas to five Sierra Pacific Industries power plants that burn biomass for fuel.
San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program for clean energy — CleanPowerSF — has arrived. First proposed in 1998, the program has been mired in conflicting agendas for almost two decades, mirroring the erratic evolution of the CCA movement as a whole over that same period of time. Now, finally, the program is online and serving 7,800 locations with a load of 40 MW. At full capacity, CleanPowerSF plans to deliver 400 MW of power to over 300,000 accounts.
When electricity rates went up last month for 1.4 million customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers, about $150 million of the rate increase was earmarked for a novel energy supply that officials hope will become more commonp…
Utilities struggling to cope with new supplies of power from renewables are turning to a closely-held company hidden between Alpine hills to make their systems smarter.
Staff of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week said the agency intends to examine whether barriers exist to the participation of energy storage in the capacity, energy and ancillary service markets, and whether those barriers c…
An unlikely partnership between utilities and solar companies was born this week in New York, where both industries are seeking to shape policies that dictate how owners of rooftop panels are compensated for electricity they supply to the grid.
Typically, energy engagement programs focus narrowly on specific concerns, such as saving money. These programs may hit their short-term goals, but tend to fall short in the long run. We’ve been working with clients for years to solve this problem. We — along with numerous social science researchers — have found that energy consumption behaviors and attitudes are deeply loaded with emotion, and are far from rational. We’ve learned that for effective, long-term results, it’s necessary to make energy human.
Significant infrastructure investments are required over the next decade and during this time, much of the utility workforce is expected to retire or leave the industry. Utilities are already struggling to build infrastructure with the limited existing…
Power management company Eaton and AES Corp. subsidiary AES Energy Storage have reached an agreement under which Eaton will offer AES’ Advancionenergy storage platform as part of Eaton’s grid-scale, integrated energy storage systems throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
California utilities are changing their Time of Use (TOU) rate schedules, and the changes are not good for solar customers. If you are in PG&E territory, you should immediately consider changing your electric rate plan. If you are in other California utility districts, check with your solar installer to optimize your rates. If you’re not in California, continue to be vigilant and advocate for favorable solar rates and net metering.
By many accounts, the spread of solar power is unstoppable. Costs continue to fall at a blistering pace, solutions to give consumers a solar-powered home without needing to connect to the grid for back-up power are emerging, and even the U.S. Supreme C…
There is a far-reaching transformation underway in the electricity industry. The electric grid that has powered our lives for more than a century is undergoing major changes, in response both to technological advancements and the consumer demand these new technologies have unleashed. In short: the grid is modernizing and it’s happening all across the country.