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The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target

California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper.Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up...

Posted July 24, 2014    

California Ready to Fund the Next Wave of Microgrids Paired With Renewables and Storage

Microgrids -- autonomous yet connected islands of energy generation and control -- could be important building blocks of a truly resilient, solar and wind-integrated power grid.Someday.But right now, the vast majority of the 1,051 megawatts of...

Posted July 19, 2014    

Only Two US Community Solar Developers Have Finished More Than One Project. Why?

Community solar is the idea that people who don’t happen to have rooftops suited for solar panels ought to be able to invest in, and reap the rewards of, solar panels someplace else.It’s a tempting concept, because it could give the roughly three-...

Posted July 15, 2014    

Bidgely Thinks Algorithms Can Replace Hardware to Capture the Impact of Rooftop Solar

In the past few years, a host of startups and IT giants have launched technology aimed at turning simple streams of customer electricity data into kaleidoscopic views of individual energy usage in homes and businesses.These “energy disaggregation”...

Posted July 12, 2014    

As the Solar Industry Eyes Storage, Experts at Intersolar Talk About Key Growth Markets

This week’s Intersolar North America conference, the world’s largest solar power confab, has dedicated multiple tracks of its multi-day schedule to energy storage. That’s a lot more attention than the single, hour-long session dedicated to marrying...

Posted July 11, 2014    

5 Key Disruptors on the Grid Edge

The grid edge is a complex realm, combining traditional utility operations with the emerging world of distributed energy generation and control. Greentech Media’s inaugural Grid Edge Live conference, taking place this week in San Diego, is dedicated...

Posted June 26, 2014    

Building the Wind-Balancing Grid, One Island at a Time

One of the great debates in the utility field is exactly how much intermittent wind and solar power is too much for the grid to handle, and what new technologies are needed to raise that ceiling. The smaller and more isolated the grid, the more...

Posted June 23, 2014    

DOE Searches for Breakthroughs in Grid-Edge Energy Integration

Greentech Media’s Grid Edge Live 2014 conference is just around the corner, and that means we’re on the lookout for news on the distributed, intelligent energy integration front. Here’s a new Department of Energy project that fits the bill, right...

Posted June 19, 2014    

What Is Google Plotting for the Smart Grid?

Google, long a backer of renewable energy projects, data-center efficiency and home energy management technology, is now diving into the power grid itself. According to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources, the search engine giant is building...

Posted June 13, 2014    

Defining the Operating System for Grid Energy Storage

The future for grid-scale energy storage startups isn’t in building the batteries that go into them; it’s in writing the software that makes them work at scale.San Francisco-based Greensmith and Berlin-based Younicos were both founded on this...

Posted June 12, 2014    

This Is What Europe's 2014 Smart Grid Landscape Looks Like

Europe may lag the United States and China in terms of overall smart grid investment, but it’s still a multi-billion-dollar market for smart meters, distribution automation, and the next wave of distributed, renewable energy integration. And while U...

Posted June 2, 2014    

Wal-Mart, Schneider Electric Test the Grid-to-Building Energy Connection

Modern buildings contain a lot of devices -- fans, pumps, lights, motors -- that can slow down or speed up, dim or brighten, or otherwise alter their electricity consumption on the fly. Utilities and grid operators are eager for fast-responding...

Posted May 28, 2014