Energy Storage News

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  • March 16, 2017 - 14:18

    California Making Strides into Energy Storage

    California has recently made large strides in solar technology. However, the state also has ambitions in energy storage, becoming the national leader for the deployment of energy storage. Acting on these ambitions, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has released a proposal to double funding for SGIP, or the Self Generation Incentive Program. This program, started in 2001, has played a huge hand in getting California the energy storage numbers it now boasts. It is an important impetus driving consumer-sited energy storage.

  • March 16, 2017 - 14:01

    New Business Models in Action: Storage Value Growing Rapidly

    One of the most exciting facets of the energy storage industry is the new and innovative business models that are shaking up the century-old utility landscape. From assets that can perform like generation, infrastructure, or load – independently, or even all at once – to the emergence of virtual power plants and aggregated asset business models, the energy storage industry is as dynamic as the technologies that power it.

  • March 16, 2017 - 12:56

    EDF Renewable Energy Launches Distributed Electricity and Storage Unit

    EDF Renewable Energy has created a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), which will focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30MW. The DES unit will look for emerging distributed-energy opportunities to offer products and services to commercial, industrial (C&I) and utility customers in the US. EDF set the foundation for the new business by acquiring solar project developer groSolar last year, while also expanding its DES staff by hiring two industry veterans in Tom Leyden and Felix Aguayo.

  • March 16, 2017 - 12:41

    Microgrid Knowledge to Moderate Panel at the Energy Storage Association Expo in Denver

    Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, will lead a discussion, “Resilient Design: Micro? Nano? How Integrated Systems Excel,” at the Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference and Expo, April 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 19, Room 205, at the Denver Convention Center.

  • March 16, 2017 - 12:12

    Trump's Budget Would Torpedo Obama's Investments in Climate Change and Clean Energy

    From the elimination of major programs to the shifting of scientific priorities, the Trump administration budget proposal unveiled Thursday presents a wholesale repudiation of two main Obama administration objectives: fighting climate change and stoking a revolution in renewable energy.  At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $250 million in coastal and ocean grants and programs — many of which help ready communities for rising seas and a warmer, more acidic ocean — would be cut. Satellite programs would be trimmed. The proposed cuts, previously reported on by The Washington Post, have shaken the country’s climate science community and triggered an outcry.

  • March 16, 2017 - 12:00

    Battery Storage to be "Standard" in New-Build Houses Within Years

    Solar and battery storage will be included as a standard feature in all newly built houses in Australia within just a few years’ time, a key solar and building industry player has predicted. CSR Bradford – whose NSW-based company started in insulation more than 80 years ago, and has since expanded into a broader range of energy saving building materials, as well as solar and storage through Bradford Solar – is an accredited Tesla Powerwall reseller, and has been watching the growth of the battery storage market closely over the past few years.

  • March 16, 2017 - 09:46

    The Compelling Case for Creating a Nation of Microgrids

    We so take the electricity infrastructure for granted that we fail to recognize it as a potent public policy tool for economic revitalization. Of all large infrastructures in the United States, nothing is more poised for transformative change, with a host of long- and short-term benefits, as today’s electricity delivery system — not roads, not information technology, not oil, coal and natural gas, not entertainment, not retail, not housing construction, not healthcare.

  • March 16, 2017 - 09:43

    In Virginia Push for Pumped Storage Hydro, Questions Arise About Viability

    In a bid to boost the economy in Virginia’s coalfield region, legislation to be signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe seeks to spur the development of pumped storage hydro electric power plants using water from abandoned coal mines. While the companion bills in both the Senate and House of Delegates drew virtually unanimous support from both chambers, researchers, coal reclamation experts and even some renewable energy advocates say the idea is still unproven. While pumped storage facilities exist in Virginia and elsewhere, no plant drawing water from abandoned coal mines has been built anywhere in the world.

  • March 16, 2017 - 09:35

    Over 50,000 Solar Storage Systems are Now Installed in Germany, Ross Hoare

    Very positive energy storage deployment numbers coming out of Germany. With up to 20,000 new installations last year the effects of decreasing prices and a more mature industry are beginning to show. There is a real demand for increasing self-consumption in Germany and people are increasingly turning to energy storage to help maximise this. The UK has shown it has a solid foundation for developing energy storage, hopefully it won't be long until the UK is matching these figures.

  • March 16, 2017 - 01:00

    ComEd Conducting Illinois' First Community Energy Storage Pilot

    CHICAGO- ComEd announced today the launch of a pilot project to test the use of battery storage technology to reduce the impact of power outages in residential areas where customers experience service interruptions, particularly in extreme weather events. ComEd’s Community Energy Storage (CES) pilot is being conducted in Beecher, Ill., approximately 40 miles south of Chicago. The pilot will focus on improving power reliability for customers experiencing multiple interruptions. One of the first utilities in the nation to install CES, ComEd will also evaluate the potential of this technology to serve as a proactive tool to drive continuous improvement in service reliability.