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Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Offers Benefits, So Why Isn’t It Widespread?

Elizabeth Brooke Stein

Today, most residential electricity customers are charged the same price regardless of when the electricity is actually being used. Charging customers a uniform price for electric service looks a bit like buying groceries by the cart instead of by the items purchased (e.g., apples versus filet mignon) – simple, to be sure, but so riddled   …Continue Reading

Program Finances Energy Storage/Solar Combo

Linda Hardesty

ViZn Energy Systems has teamed with LFC Capital to help commercial property owners acquire solar PV systems combined with energy storage. The availability of as much as $5 million per project is expected to accelerate the deployment of ViZn’s Z20 Energy Storage System, a zinc/iron redox flow battery. LFC Capital’s program uses a traditional operating lease   …Continue Reading

Schools Install 1,500 kWh of Energy Storage, EV Charging

Linda Hardesty

Several California schools have contracted with Green Charge Networks to install over 1,500 kWh of energy storage capacity under Power Efficiency Agreements (PEAs). The schools are: Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Oak Park Unified School District, Butte Community College, Peralta Community College District and California State University, Fullerton. By installing Green Charge’s lithium   …Continue Reading

Working on the ‘Energy Internet’

Linda Hardesty

Some scientists at North Carolina State University, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) are working to create the “Energy Internet.” Goals of the Energy Internet include: A grid that will be more efficient and capable of meeting increased consumer demand without adding infrastructure. A grid that will more intelligent, sensing system overloads and   …Continue Reading

Seven Organizations Join Demand Response Group

Karen Henry

Baltimore Gas & Electric, CPower, Tetra Tech, General Microgrids, Innovari, OhmConnect, and DVI have joined the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS), the national demand response (DR) and smart grid organization. ADS is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that focuses on development and exchange of information among policymakers, utilities, technology companies and   …Continue Reading

Advanced Energy Management Alliance Wants Supreme Court to Reverse Demand Response Decision

Linda Hardesty

Several Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) members have joined the chorus of groups asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that jeopardizes the way demand response works in the United States. The case involves Order 745 issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Under Order 745, compensation in the   …Continue Reading

Hybrid Microgrid Powers Extreme Arctic Site

Karen Henry

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has selected Saft to develop and install an extreme temperature battery energy storage system (BESS) for use as part of a hybrid microgrid that will deliver cleaner, more reliable and less expensive power to a community located 50 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Canada. The system will   …Continue Reading

Pilot Program Test Drives Workplace EV Charging

Karen Henry

Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology for electric vehicles, and its partner EVSE, an electric vehicle charging manufacturer, are supporting a California Public Utility Commission-approved workplace EV charging pilot for Southern California Edison (SCE). SCE deployed 80 Level 2 chargers for a consumer behavior study to test fee-based charging and demand response (DR)   …Continue Reading

NY Demand Response Signup

Josh Kessler

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) updated its list of demand response providers on February 9. With the snow piling up and average temperatures in the 20s, it may seem like an odd time for New Yorkers to think about air conditioning and peak summertime demand, but energy services provider ConEdison Solutions recommends that   …Continue Reading

Tesla Moves Into Small Onsite Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Tesla Motors plans to use its lithium-ion battery technology to create an onsite battery storage system for homes and businesses, reports Bloomberg. “We are going to unveil the Tesla home battery, the consumer battery that would be for use in people’s houses or businesses fairly soon,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk, during an earnings call,   …Continue Reading