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What is the Potential of Distributed Generation with Storage and Demand Response?

October 6, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Distributed Generation and Demand Response

This article will take a deep and fundamental look at the potential of distributed storage and demand response to enhance the potential of distributed generation. Utility scale storage and demand response will also be assessed for comparative purposes.[read more]

The Age of Intelligent Storage: Distributed Systems, Smart Software and Control Systems

May 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When it comes to the widespread adoption of energy storage, the issue now is not if, but when. A new report from PwC says that solar plus storage is about to remake utility business models. Some state regulators, primarily those in New York, are responding by rethinking the utility model altogether.[read more]

How Carbon Reduction and Smart Grid Work Together

April 10, 2013 by Jeff St. John
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Combating global warming is going to require a huge influx of green power onto the grid, both at the large scale (e.g., giant wind farms or solar power plants) and at the fragmented, distributed scale.[read more]

Grid Resiliency As a Social Benefit

April 9, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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Grid modernization offers tempting prosumer opportunities for commercial and residential consumers to enable at least some degree of self-sufficiency and reduce their payments.[read more]

Seizing the Microgrid Opportunity

March 23, 2013 by James Greenberger
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Although microgrid technology is still largely experimental, the deployment of microgrid systems on the grid is expected to grow dramatically over the next five years.[read more]

Situational Awareness in Distribution Grid Helps Make Utilities Smarter

March 19, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Utilities are projected to invest $3 Billion per year by 2015 to upgrade their distribution grids to accommodate increased renewables and energy storage assets.[read more]

Energy's Latest Buzzword: Microgrid

March 6, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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If you’re new to the energy world, the term microgrid may not have crossed your mind recently, if ever. But within the industry, it’s becoming a very popular buzzword of late.[read more]

Why the Power Grid Should Go The Way of the Shuttle

September 25, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The final voyage of the Endeavour made its way to San Francisco and Silicon Valley on September 21, 2012.  It was a gloriously beautiful day, and many people turned out to bid farewell to the fifth and final space shuttle.  The shuttle program lasted thirty years, and has a remarkable record of accomplishments, such as being...[read more]

FERC Rules Need to Accommodate the Aggregation of Distributed Electricity Storage

July 28, 2012 by James Greenberger
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One of the great opportunities of distributed energy storage (DES) technology—and perhaps critical to its economic viability—is the ability of owners of DES systems to aggregate the electricity stored by tens or hundreds of individual DES systems and to wheel that power to customers outside the owner’s service area. The FERC’s current NOPR will deal in part with rules governing how and at what price owners of DES systems can sell stored electricity to customers in interstate transactions that are subject to FERC jurisdiction.[read more]

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Electrical Reliability Demand Can Drive Storage Market

July 5, 2012 by James Greenberger
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Millions of consumers have been fuming and sweating without power for the past week. Now is the time to talk about making the push to develop market-ready distributed power storage solutions..[read more]

Words of Advice for Utility Executives

May 29, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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It’s the high season for Smart Grid conferences.  The recent eMeter Leadership Conference combined practical, hands-on knowledge with intriguing insights and thought-provoking statements about directions for industry and consumer evolutions.   One of the most interesting takeaways is that solutions like meter data...[read more]

Why Storage?

May 14, 2012 by James Greenberger

It is not clear that the automotive market alone will provide an advanced battery market of sufficient size and immediacy to attract the necessary capital and innovation. Using a potentially larger market for the deployment of similar batteries in DES systems on the grid to leverage the automotive market, however, would make for a large, combined market.[read more]

Innovation vs. Invention: NAATBatt White Paper Asks for Support of Distributed Energy Storage

February 25, 2012 by James Greenberger
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As a recent corporate advertising campaign (by Dow Chemical) points out, there is a difference between invention and innovation. Getting the balance right between the two is a tricky thing. DOE support for new invention is important. Developing new technologies that might reduce the cost of high power advanced batteries from $750 per kilowatt hour to $100 per kilowatt hour, for example, would be helpful and potentially transformative in some storage applications (such as automotive). But it would be a serious mistake to believe that what is needed to solve the problem of bringing electricity storage to the grid is a new invention. In fact, the problem and its solutions are substantially more mundane.[read more]

Allocating the Costs of Distributed Energy Systems

December 26, 2011 by James Greenberger
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Both distributed solar energy and distributed energy storage have attributes that make their deployment desirable to society as a whole in addition to the customers who benefit from them most directly. A strong argument can be made, therefore, that in setting things such as “network use charges”, utilities and utility regulators should not impose the full costs of such systems on the customers who benefit from the systems most directly, but should instead be socializing the costs of those systems (or at least a portion of the costs) among all electricity consumers.[read more]

The Case for Electric Vehicles

December 12, 2011 by James Greenberger
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Increased fuel efficiency of light vehicles will not solve the problem that has bedeviled our nation for decades: the long-term hemorrhage of American jobs and capital to petroleum producers. If our light vehicle fleet is 100% dependent on petroleum-based fuels, reducing use of those fuels will neither save money nor reduce vulnerability to supply disruptions in the long run. As in any market controlled by a monopoly, the monopolist has the option to raise its prices as demand declines. The consumer cannot come out ahead by conservation alone.[read more]