Con Edison Looks to Distributed Energy Resources to Boost Revenue

Consolidated Edison plans to test new utility revenue streams by boosting customer use of distributed energy resources, as part of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).Under Con Edison’s “Connected Homes” REV Demo Project, the utility wants to increase the use of distributed energy resources and energy saving products. The utility will use Opower's … [Read more...]

Did My New EV Just Power My Frig? Confessions of an EV Owner Continued…

Editor’s Note: In Part Two of "Confessions of an EV Owner," MicrogridKnowledge.com's Lisa Cohn finds herself coasting down hills in search of an EV charging station, after she's sure she failed to properly charge her new VW e-Golf at home.When I called Ayman, the VW dealership’s EV expert that morning, I got right to the point.“I think I … [Read more...]

The Multi-Directional Grid & its Safety, Connectivity & Speed Challenges

In the old days, the grid was uni-directional. But now, it's a multi-directional grid with more and more energy storage, renewables, electric vehicles and other resources coming online, and the utility's task has become complex -- to say the least.The utility of the future -- under New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and … [Read more...]

Organization Wary of Utility Market Dominance over EV Charging in California

An electric vehicle advocacy organization is sounding an alarm about utility market dominance over EV charging, as California's largest utility attempts to grow its services.Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) wants to expand its EV charging in northern California. But the Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA) warns that the utility … [Read more...]

Why Do Americans Invest in Energy Efficiency?

Why do Americans invest in energy efficiency? Do they want to combat global warming, make their homes more comfortable, save money or take advantage of tax rebates?A survey of 2,100 Americans by Harris conducted for HomeServeUSA found that their top reason for investing in energy efficiency is to save money, says Myles Meehan,  a spokesman for … [Read more...]

Gas Guzzler No More: Confessions of a New EV Owner

Note: MicrogridKnowledge.com’s Lisa Cohn decided to walk the talk and lease an electric vehicle. In this series, 'Confessions of a New EV Owner,' she describes her experience -- for the good -- and bad.Part One: My EV Purchase: Impulsive, Emotional and FunAfter years of procrastinating about buying an electric car, a report from the Union … [Read more...]

Robots Climb Walls to Prevent Power Plant Outages

Everyone wants to prevent power plant outages: Utility customers  don't want to go without power. And power plant owners especially want to avoid outages because they're costly and often require them to resort to using replacement power based on dirty fuels.Enter the wall-climbing robots from Gecko Robotics. Magnetic adhesion technology allows … [Read more...]

EV Chargers Plus Energy Storage Equals Multiple Benefits

EV chargers plus energy storage are expected to lower demand charges and avoid utility-funded infrastructure upgrades in a pilot program in Hawaii.In the pilot, a partnership among Hawaiian Electric (HECO), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Greenlots, a 50-kW fast charger for EVs is coupled with energy storage at a HECO site that … [Read more...]

In a Big Northwest Earthquake, Microgrids Can Prevent Outages

If a big earthquake strikes the Northwest, as predicted, microgrids can prevent outages, says Rhys Roth, director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at Evergreen State College, which has released a report about how the Northwest can create an affordable, resilient and integrated energy system."On the West Coast, … [Read more...]

Led by Building Efficiency, the Advanced Energy Market is Bigger than Beer

Building efficiency led the 8 percent growth in global advanced energy in 2015, according to a new report from the Advanced Energy Economy."The U.S. advanced energy market hit $200 billion, nearly double the nation’s beer market, larger than pharmaceutical manufacturing, and closing in on wholesale consumer electronics," said AEE  in releasing … [Read more...]