Energy Storage News

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  • November 2, 2017 - 07:36

    Iowa Solar Installer Using Storage to Help Customers Avoid Costly Demand Charges

    In Iowa, a state with some of the highest demand charges in the nation, a solar installer is offering a storage solution that the company claims could cut power bills in half for some large electricity customers. One year ago the company, Ideal Energy, installed its first solar-plus-storage system at Stuff Etc., a large consignment store in Coralville. Amy Van Beek, the company’s co-founder and its chief marketing officer, said the project has been performing well and the company is now working with several large electricity customers in the state to determine how solar-plus-storage could work for them.

  • November 1, 2017 - 09:20

    Massachusetts Emerges As An Energy Storage Leader

    How does society move forward into the brave new world of more renewable energy when night and clouds shut off solar power and calm air stops wind turbines from spinning? One key to help unlock the potential of large amounts of renewable energy integrated into the electricity grid is energy storage. In the past few years the energy storage market has taken off and is developing at a rapid pace.[1] This development is being driven by a number of factors, including federal and state regulatory policies, such as those in Massachusetts related to energy storage procurement, solar development and net metering.

  • November 1, 2017 - 09:14

    Australian Grid Map Shows Best Locations for Energy Storage and Other DERs

    Australia has launched new interactive maps of the electricity grid specifically to support decentralised usage of distributed energy resources (DERs) including battery storage, renewable energy and smart demand management. The Network Opportunity Maps, a collaboration between research agencies, government and industry, aims to progress localised energy solutions across the country. The geo-spatial mapping goes hand in hand with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) three-year demand response trial projects, all with an aim to reduce network costs and improve grid reliability.

  • November 1, 2017 - 09:09

    Powin's Latest Deal Hints at Maturation for Energy Storage Project Financing

    Powin Energy, the Oregon-based energy storage developer, is expecting to see an uptick in non-recourse financing following a landmark project this month. The company secured construction financing for an 8.8-megawatt/40.8-megawatt-hour battery plant in Stratford, Ontario, from Brookfield Renewable Partners, one of the largest independent renewable energy businesses in the world. 

  • November 1, 2017 - 09:00

    Duke Energy Plans Solar, Energy Storage Projects to Advance Reliability, Cleaner Energy for Indiana

    PLAINFIELD, Ind., Oct. 31, 2017-- As part of a commitment to advance cleaner energy for its customers, Duke Energy is planning to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that will operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury training operation in Johnson County, Ind. The company will also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, Ind., in Clark County. Plans for the projects must be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission before work can begin. The microgrid at Camp Atterbury would be the first microgrid installed at a National Guard facility in Indiana.

  • November 1, 2017 - 08:46

    Portland General Electric Plans to Invest in 39 MW of Energy Storage

    One of the hottest topics in the industry these days is how utilities will deploy more energy storage to accommodate renewable resources during peak use times, which traditionally fall outside the highest production times for solar-electricity systems (see Curve, Duck). California is, as usual, leading the race toward a solar + storage future, having recently decided to require utilities to include non-fossil fuel alternatives – including electricity storage – to serve during those early evening peak times. But one Oregon utility is making sure it doesn’t fall too far behind in the race.

  • November 1, 2017 - 08:34

    Microgrids and Energy Storage Create Sustainable Electricity Options in Face of Disaster

    More than a month after Hurricane Maria lashed Puerto Rico, only about a quarter of the island's 3.5 million people have access to electricity. Public Affairs Secretary Ramon Rosario estimates that 80 percent of electric transmission and distribution lines are down, leaving critical facilities such as hospitals and schools in the dark and infrastructure for water and communication without the power needed to operate. "Electricity is at the center of all economic activity and at the core of recovery after disaster," says Mark Lambrides, senior energy specialist for the Caribbean and Latin America at the World Bank. "When electricity is down, water systems, public safety, hospitals and businesses suffer."

  • October 31, 2017 - 10:15

    Puerto Rico's Long-Term Power Needs: Steps Once the Power is Restored

    Troy Miller, director of grid solutions at S&C Electric Company, explores how microgrids could potentially help solve Puerto Rico's long-term power needs. 

    Over the last few weeks, the state of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid has been on everyone’s mind in the power industry. Getting Puerto Rico back online has been the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) top priority, and rightfully so. The devastated country’s grid was knocked almost entirely offline.

  • October 31, 2017 - 10:14

    Trump on 'Massive' Push to Fix Puerto Rico's Electric Grid

    The Trump administration used Thursday to highlight its efforts to repair Puerto Rico's power grid and restore electricity delivery on the island, which was nearly completely knocked out after Hurricane Maria. "One of the things we have done is deliver to the island massive numbers of generators for electricity because with the power plants down and in such bad shape, we had to find some way to get [service restored], especially for the hospitals," President Trump said earlier Thursday upon meeting with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello at the White House.

  • October 31, 2017 - 10:11

    LME Revs Up for Electric Cars With New Contracts for Battery Metals

    The London Metal Exchange is planning to launch futures contracts for battery metals as early as the start of 2019, the latest example of how the commodities market is hoping to capitalize on the push toward electric vehicles.