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    • April 21, 2014

      Ice or Molten Salt, Not Batteries, to Store Energy

      WASHINGTON — ENERGY storage is crucial to transforming the electric grid into a clean, sustainable, low-emissions system, the experts say. And it’s happening already, just not the way most consumers would expect.

    • April 16, 2014

      Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation

      In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation today for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing. This draft solicitation represents another step in the Department’s commitment to help overcome the financial barriers to the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies. 


    • April 10, 2014

      National Energy Storage Association Leads Effort in ERCOT

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) has begun engaging directly in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stakeholder driven market redesign process. The Texas Energy Storage Alliance (TESA) had convened a group of industry members to work collaboratively; that effort has now been folded into the larger national organization. ESA is the forum for broad industry input that will ensure proposed rules will enable the advancement of utility scale energy storage technologies. 

    • April 10, 2014

      IMechE Urges More Action on Energy Storage for Heat Purposes

      The government needs to place an urgent technological focus on how energy storage could be used for more efficient distribution of heat to homes and business, a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has said. Most thinking around decarbonisation of energy systems and security of supply has been focused on generating electricity capacity to 'keep the lights on'. But with heat accounting for a higher percentage of energy use, the IMechE has called for greater research efforts into technologies such as latent and thermochemical heat storage.

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    • April 24, 2014

      Nanoparticle Networks Promise Cheaper Batteries for Storing Renewable Energy

      Liquids containing a flowing network of nanoscale particles could make batteries cheaper to manufacture, and thereby reduce the cost of using large amounts of solar and wind power. Conventional batteries are far too expensive to store hours of electricity from large solar power plants or wind farms for use when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. But the networked nanoparticles could enable a cheaper new type of battery called a flow battery.  Today, the total amount of wind and solar power is small, and existing fossil fuel plants can make up for any shortfalls. But renewable energy is growing quickly, especially in places such as California, and existing infrastructure might not be enough to support them and keep the lights on. Batteries are cleaner than fossil fuel plants, and can also respond to changes in the sun and wind far faster than fossil fuel plants can.

    • April 24, 2014

      Wood Group GTS Awarded $12M Operations & Maintenance Contract by Apex Bethel Energy Center

      Wood Group GTS and Apex Bethel Energy Center, LLC have signed a three-year operations & maintenance (O&M) agreement for the Bethel Energy Center. Under the $12 million contract, Wood Group GTS will be responsible for care, custody and control of the facility when it begins commercial operation in 2017. Construction is soon to begin for the plant in East Texas, which will utilize compressed air energy storage ("CAES") technology. 

    • April 23, 2014

      Energy storage: The Key to a Smarter Grid

      Energy grids across the world are struggling to cope with a surge in demand for electricity and increasingly volatile supply from renewable power sources.  Take the UK, where the government is committed to stringent carbon dioxide reduction targets. These can only be met by massively increasing electricity use - which currently accounts for about a third of all energy consumption - at the expense of oil and gas.

    • April 23, 2014

      Commission Holds Roundtable Discussion with Stakeholders on Compensation for Reactive Power

      While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) has never required a uniform structure for reactive power compensation, in light of the growing number of new technologies, particularly wind and solar photovoltaic generation facilities, the changing landscape of the electricity industry and emerging reliability concerns, the Commission held a workshop on April 22, 2014 to examine the third-party provision of reactive supply and voltage control and regulation and frequency response services.  The Commission is seeking more information on the technical, economic and market issues concerning the provision of these particular ancillary services before it determines if, and how, it will revise its regulations to increase transparency around payment for these services. 

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