Benefits Energy Storage Brings to Smart Microgrids

Smart microgrids are able to integrate renewable resources and allow for customer participation in the electrical grid through local power generation. Energy storage plays a critical role is a smart microgrids. Energy storage helps facilitate the use of renewable energy resources to power microgrids, while also protecting power stability and … [Read more...]

Both Distributed and Grid-Scale Energy Storage Markets on the Rise: Navigant  

Energy storage markets, both distributed and grid-scale, are growing quickly as batteries improve, according to two recent reports by Navigant Research. Navigant pegs distributed energy storage at 171.9 MW in 2014 and forecasts that it will reach about 12.1 GW in 2024. Grid-scale energy storage increases from 538.4 MW to 20.8 GW over the same … [Read more...]

Exelon and Total Make $27M Investment in California Energy Storage Company

Stem, one of the energy storage winners from Southern California Edison’s recent solicitation, has secured a $27 million round of equity financing from subsidiaries of two major energy players, Exelon and Total. The deal underscores the growing interest utilities and conventional players are showing in energy storage. For example, California’s … [Read more...]

PG&E Seeks Bids for Energy Storage, for Renewable Energy

Pacific Gas & Electric seeks bids for energy storage as part of its January 5  solicitation for up to 1,600 GWh of renewable energy. PG&E hopes to increase its renewable energy production while simultaneously adding energy storage capacity that can be counted towards its energy storage procurement targets. The utility will only … [Read more...]

California Gov. Brown Pushes Microgrids…PG&E Seeks Energy Storage

California Gov. Jerry Brown pushed microgrids and a doubling of energy efficiency in buildings, in his inaugural speech this week. Brown also wants to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard from 33 percent to 50 percent. The governor described an emerging distributed grid that will help the state reduce greenhouses gases. “I … [Read more...]

Ontario Power Authority Seeks Combined Heat and Power; Plans for More Energy Storage

Ontario has issued a solicitation for up to 100 MW of combined heat and power projects, and is accepting applications beginning November 3 and running through December 19. The Ontario Power Authority  will allot contracts for up to 75 MW of CHP for the agricultural industry and 25 MW for district energy projects. It seeks the projects under what … [Read more...]

Solar Grid Storage to Show the Value of ‘Solar + Storage’ to the Grid

Solar Grid Storage has won $968,120 from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Incubator program to show the value of ‘solar + storage' on the grid and accelerate its adoption. Solar Grid Storage will develop a Solar Storage Operations Center (SSOC) to address the unique needs of managing grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) + storage … [Read more...]

S&C Electric Offers an Energy Storage Model for the PJM Ancillary Services Market

S&C Electric Company is serving  PJM's ancillary services market with a 150-kW energy storage system located at its global headquarters in Chicago. The PureWave Community Energy Storage (CES) system will provide fast-response frequency regulation. As S&C pointed out in its news release this week, frequency regulation  minimizes the … [Read more...]

V2G Has a Role in Your Microgrid Strategy

Vehicle to Grid, or V2G,  technology can play a key role in a microgrid's ability to provide grid reliability.  Each electric car can send up to 10 kW of power back to the grid. Organizations with large fleets of electric cars can provide a balancing reserve to a utility – reducing the need for energy generation construction. A V2G charging station … [Read more...]

Will New Hampshire be the Next to Pursue Microgrids in the Northeast?

New Hampshire may soon be charting a course toward electric grid modernization – and microgrids – if it follows the advice in a 10-year energy strategy issued by the state Office of Energy & Planning. The advisory agency recently recommended that the Public Utilities Commission investigate grid modernization, in keeping with similar action … [Read more...]