California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Energy Systems to the Grid

April 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements.[read more]

Energy Storage: FERC's Ruling Could Jumpstart Big Batteries

July 21, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

If the price of grid-scale energy storage fell to zero dollars per megawatt-hour, regulators and utilities would still be puzzled in how to deploy the boon of energy storage.[read more]

Community Energy Storage: Almost, But Not Quite There

July 12, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Two years ago, AEP Ohio kicked off one of the largest community energy storage projects in the nation, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. The pilot, however, did not go very far.[read more]

Energy Storage Systems Finally Getting The Attention They Deserve

January 17, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

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The renewable energy industry has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years.  More wind and solar power is contributing to the electric grid than ever before.  There is one drawback to renewable energy sources however, and that is their intermittent periods of production and disruption.  After all, the weather does...[read more]

New Energy Innovation Hub a Step Towards BatteryShot

December 11, 2012 by Clifton Yin

One of the recommendations of the ITIF report Shifting Gears: Transcending Conventional Economic Doctrines to Develop Better Electric Vehicle Batteries is the creation of a “BatteryShot Initiative” to “coordinate government battery RD&D efforts and establish a clear metric for success”. (This follows the initiative of a 2011...[read more]

States Urge DOE to Wring More Savings from Battery Chargers

June 26, 2012 by Carrie Nash

With the growth of home entertainment systems, home computer systems and battery-powered devices, the number of consumer electronic products we own has mushroomed in a matter of just a few years. Consumer electronics now represent the fastest growing sector of residential energy consumption — and one of the biggest areas of wasted...[read more]

Can Consumers Be Confident About the Chevy Volt’s Ignitable Battery Pack?

December 14, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

Just as more brands of hybrid and electric vehicles are gaining real momentum in the U.S., questions raised by the Chevy Volt’s ignitable batter pack pose serious challenges to General Motors and perhaps the entire auto sector. What to make of it? This is one of the Chevy Volt crash tests in mid-2011. CREDIT: Insurance Institute for...[read more]

EPRI White Paper Surveys The Electrical Energy Storage Field

May 6, 2011 by Michael Giberson

The Electric Power Research Institute has just published “Electricity Energy Storage Technology Options: A White Paper Primer on Applications, Costs and Benefits.” I haven’t read the report – including appendices it is 170 pages long – but the news release claims: “Study results indicate that the total U.S. energy storage market could be...[read more]

GM’s sustainability chief: charged up about the Volt

March 23, 2011 by Marc Gunther

 Outside the door to General Motors’ Washington office is a photo of the Chevy Volt framed by the U.S. Capitol. GM loves to market the Volt, the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year (“A car of the future you can drive today.”) It’s an engineering breakthrough, a darling of the “green” media and evidence that stodgy old GM knows how to...[read more]

Google tests out wireless electric-car charging

March 21, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

I’ve written before about a company called Evatran that has developed a wireless charging system for electric vehicles. Earth2tech is reporting that Google is now testing out the technology with a retrofitted plug-in vehicle. See Evatran press release here. It will be interesting to read about the results. Obviously, efficiency of the...[read more]