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    • January 6, 2019 - 15:21

      Duke Energy Emerging Technology Center Tests Innovations Before They Come to Market

      At ESA’s STUDIO conference, attendees toured the Duke Energy Emerging Technology testing lab in Mount Holly, North Carolina, just outside Charlotte. The facility tests real-time grid simulators, electric vehicles, telecommunications and cybersecurity. This research helps Duke, and its cadre of industry partners, learn how to deploy energy-efficient technologies and make them reliable before they are accessible for customers. Duke welcomes the opportunity to partner with other companies and test technologies before launching to the general public. For example, they demonstrated a Tesla residential battery storage unit powering a home kitchen and all its appliances using smart, connected technology. 

    • December 21, 2018 - 09:42

      CEO Statement on Passing of Jim Rogers

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman issued the following statement on the passing of Jim Rogers, former Duke Energy chairman, president and CEO, and ESA Board member from 2015 to 2016.

    • December 13, 2018 - 17:31

      CEO Statement on Announcement of New York State Energy Storage Target

      New York cements its leadership position with biggest energy storage target in the country

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) commends the New York Public Service Commission for demonstrating a commitment to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid through the adoption of an energy storage deployment target of 3,000 MW by 2030. 

    • December 13, 2018 - 12:49

      CEO Statement on Colorado Public Utilities Commission Order on Energy Storage

      Colorado regulators raise the bar for including energy storage in utility planning

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) commends Chairman Ackermann and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for adopting an Order yesterday that codifies the intent of the Colorado General Assembly reflected in last session’s ESA-endorsed Energy Storage Procurement Act (HB 18-1270). The final Commission decision adopts many of the recommendations ESA, along with our allies at CO SEIA, SEIA and the Western Resource Advocates put forward in the associated proceeding.

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    • December 3, 2018 - 14:05

      Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Let's be clear: Anything that can take the torturous rigidity out of utility procurements deserves an award. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision has been around a few years, and the state's efforts to reshape the utility sector are beginning to pay off. Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York's REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.

    • December 3, 2018 - 04:00

      Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

      The technology group Wärtsilä today announced the release of GEMS 6 (Greensmith Energy Management System, version 6), the latest generation of its award-winning software platform proven across grid-scale deployments globally. With this latest release, GEMS continues to be the most advanced energy management solution available today, deployed across more than 70 grid-scale systems in nine countries, integrated with a multitude of thermal and renewable generation assets as well as load and weather forecasting data. “Greensmith Energy is proud to announce the latest innovation in our product portfolio with the release of GEMS 6,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. “With this industry-leading energy management platform, we will enable our utility and IPP customers to integrate and optimize all of their energy resources to improve resiliency and flexibility during a time of tremendous transition – paving a viable way towards a 100 percent renewable energy future.”

    • December 3, 2018 - 00:00

      Milwaukee Eyes its Own Rooftop Solar Mandate with a California Clone

      Eyeing the success of the recently-passed California solar mandate, Milwaukee Common Council Member Tony Zielinski has proposed legislation that would require all new residential units in the city to include solar arrays, starting in 2019. Zielinski told Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) that the idea for his proposal came while he was reading about California’s rooftop solar mandate. “I think this is just one step in a series of steps that we need to undertake to help improve our environment and gradually reduce our reliance on fuels,” Zielinski said while appearing on WPR. ” There’s a whole myriad of other initiatives… I think we need to add more. I just think that this is one step and there’ll be additional steps down the road as well.”

    • November 29, 2018 - 11:13

      Battery Boosters Pushing Congress to Give Industry a Tax Credit

      Renewable-energy advocates are pushing Congress to create a tax credit for power-storage systems, a move that may help unlock new opportunities for wind and solar nationwide. A storage tax credit would boost the grid’s resiliency and reliability, they say, key buzzwords in the Trump administration’s campaign to save struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants. But so far, congressional Republicans aren’t biting.

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