Microgrids, Now Mainstream, Continue to Advance

Carl Weinschenk

Fourth quarter numbers from Navigant Research show that for the first time more microgrids are remote than tied to the main grid. In short, microgrids are leaving home. The research found that there are 1,437 microgrids worldwide providing 13 GW of capacity. More than half of these are remote. Significant recent additions are 83 projects   …Continue Reading

LG Chem In Big German Battery Project

Carl Weinschenk

LG Chem Power will integrate six large-scale batteries at STEAG power plants in Germany, according to LG. The release says that the deployment will be part of the largest energy storage system project in the world. The plants are in the North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate regions. The storage systems offer 140 MW of power   …Continue Reading

From Coal Plant to Battery Storage Facility

Carl Weinschenk

Duke Energy, LG Chem, Greensmith and Parker Hannifin are re-purposing the W.C. Beckjord coal plant, which is in New Richmond, OH, to be a battery-based storage facility, according to Clean Technica. The re-purposed facility, which will store 2 MW of energy, will be a fast-response energy storage system for PJM. The story says that PJM   …Continue Reading

Companies Vie to Define the New Grid

Carl Weinschenk

AutoGrid says that it has struck a deal with Dutch power company Eneco Group. Eneco, which has more than 2 million customers, will use AutoGrid’s Predictive Controls and DROMS application to create a “software-defined power plant” that will enable Eneco’s customers to save, use, exchange or sell energy, according to AutoGrid. The deal is illustrative of   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage in the Fast Lane

Carl Weinschenk

The energy storage industry is growing quickly. It is being driven, according to experts, by the parallel growth of on-site energy generation and an increasingly attractive list of operational and financial benefits. Research of batteries for electric vehicles – by Tesla and others – and incentives from utilities completes the upbeat picture. During the second   …Continue Reading

Varentec Selects Flex to Build Grid-Edge Control Devices

Karen Henry

Varentec, a company that builds power management and monitoring solutions for the electric grid, has selected Flex to manufacture its Varentec ENGO devices for sale to utilities in US and global markets. The partnership will allow Varentec to rapidly scale production to support broad deployment of ENGO devices, which work in combination with the company’s   …Continue Reading

Owens Corning Increases Solar Footprint

Karen Henry

Owens Corning and Constellation have completed a new 2.4-megawatt (DC) solar generation project at Owens Corning’s headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. The new system is expected to generate 3 million kWh of electricity per year, based on the first year production. Located above 935 parking canopy spaces and comprising 8,000 photovoltaic panels, the solar installation is   …Continue Reading

5 Energy Trends Driving Climate Progress in 2015

Ben Ratner

What a difference a year can make. Even before the last weeks tick away, 2015 stands out as a remarkable and dynamic year for climate and energy in the United States. Read on for five bold trends that are beginning to reshape our economy – and our national discourse on climate change. 1. Investments in   …Continue Reading

Fluidic Energy to Deploy Grid Systems to 500 Indonesian Villages

Karen Henry

Fluidic Energy, Caterpillar and PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), Indonesia’s state-owned Electricity Company, are collaborating to provide renewable electricity to 500 remote villages throughout Indonesia. The “500 Island Project” is one of the most ambitious and largest rural electrification projects in the world and accelerates the Indonesian government’s promise of bringing reliable energy to all   …Continue Reading

Gensets in Demand Response Programs Generate Revenue, Decrease Outages

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by ConEdison Solutions. Utilizing distributed generation (DG) assets such as standby generators (gensets) can be one of the most effective and easy ways for building owners and operators to curb electricity load during demand response events, whether using existing gensets or other equipment. Distributed generation offers building owners a number of unique advantages, including resiliency   …Continue Reading