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    • August 18, 2017 - 10:23

      Eclipse 2017: Grid Operators Make the Extraordinary Rather Boring (ESA Blog)

       

      I think it’s safe to say that across the U.S. people are gearing up for the rare total solar eclipse next week, getting their plans in place, buying proper viewing glasses, and reading up on the celestial phenomenon.

      Many of us have been planning for days or weeks, but grid operators and utilities have been preparing for this event for much longer – and energy storage systems are going to play a meaningful role on August 21, just as they do every day of the year.

      Around the moment the moon is directly in the path of the sun (covering up to 70% of the sun’s rays), areas with high concentrations of solar power may see a dip in production across the country lasting about two hours. The two main regions of the country that will be impacted the most are California and North Carolina, both solar energy leaders in the US.

      And while the eclipse itself is rather rare – the next total eclipse passing over the U.S. will be in 2024 – for utilities, their obligation to serve continues unabated.

      Our electric grid is a constant balancing act, with supply and demand changing every second of every day. Grid operators and utilities are tasked with ensuring that supply and demand are in balance at all times, using all resources at their disposal to deliver reliable and affordable power for everyone.

    • August 9, 2017 - 12:33

      Choose Your Own Future (ESA Blog)

      Over the past four years, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have been working together to create a unique event, one that would leave the sales pitches at the door and allow for our utilities, engineers, system designers, grid operators, and technologists to work together collaboratively on advancing energy storage. We are working to create a better understanding of the myriad of storage technology, uses, design, integration, and operation (STUDIO) considerations needed for successful energy storage projects, and this fall we are excited to gather key power sector stakeholders to share their real-world energy storage experience.

    • August 8, 2017 - 15:24

      NM Commission Unanimously Approves Amending Rule to Include Energy Storage

      SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) on Wednesday, August 2 – after listening to testimony gathered from public hearings held over the course of several weeks – voted unanimously to amend a Commission Rule that further moves New Mexico toward advanced technology regarding the storing of renewable energy.

    • August 2, 2017 - 11:35

      Highview Awarded £1.5 Million For New Hybrid LAES System To Respond To Frequency Response Market

      Highview have been awarded funding of £1.5 million for a new hybrid configuration of its existing Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.  The hybrid LAES system will demonstrate LAES’s ability to respond to grid frequency events within 1 second and meet the requirements of National Grid’s new Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) service.  

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    • August 21, 2017 - 10:12

      This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

      As technology tries to maintain its dizzying ascent, one dead weight has kept its altitude in check: the battery. Our chips keep getting faster and our data rates keep climbing, but at the end of the day—or worse, by mid-afternoon—those power meters on our screens inevitably turn to red. Every great device, gadget, electric car, and robot would be even greater if batteries didn’t suck so badly. Despite a steady flow of rumors that transformative breakthroughs are just around the corner, progress has moved at the pace of a tar flow.

    • August 21, 2017 - 09:29

      How Much Can a Residential Energy Storage Project Actually Save?

      It may be surprising to know that the vast majority of California homeowners buying energy storage systems today are not doing so to save money.  In other words, they are not trying to reduce their utility bill or get a return on investment, like they do from a rooftop solar system.  Instead, most storage systems today are being bought and sold based on the promise of back-up power or energy independence from the utility.  The primary reason for this is that the avoided cost opportunity for residential storage today is not very meaningful.  On most residential utility rate schedules, energy storage does not have the ability to significantly reduce the utility bill.  Therefore, it’s not the core value proposition being sold today.

    • August 18, 2017 - 10:23

      MultiBrief: UK Getting Smarter About Energy Storage

      There has long been a feeling in the U.K. that better management of electricity consumption will pay benefits both for consumers of all scales and for the security and sustainability of the electricity grid itself. Over the years, various small-scale incentives have aimed at encouraging energy management, but in recent weeks the British government has upped the ante. Specifically, it has sought to pump-prime innovation in the technology of energy management, focusing on two key areas — energy storage and demand-side response (DSR) — as a key platform in its industrial strategy.

    • August 17, 2017 - 09:39

      After Electric Cars, What More Will it Take for Batteries to Change the Face of Energy?

      ABOUT three-quarters of the way along one of the snaking production lines in Nissan’s Sunderland plant, a worker bolts fuel tanks into the chassis of countless Qashqais—the “urban crossover” SUVs which are the bulk of the factory’s output. But every so often something else passes along the line: an electric vehicle called a Leaf.

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