Grid

Oregon ALJ Signs Off on Ground Rules For Energy Storage

Cheryl Kaften

The Public Utility Commission of Oregon, in compliance with HB 2193 – a state measure passed in June 2015 that directed the Commission to develop energy storage guidelines by January 1, 2017 –approved competitive bidding requirements and project ground rules on December 28 (Order No. 16-504)


Submetering Shows Promise

Carl Weinschenk

The benefits of sub-metering were explored this week by John McManus, the Managing Partner, for the Capital District Offices of Harris Beach, an Albany, N.Y.-based law firm. The most important element may be that it changes the focus for tenants. McManus, writing at the New York State Real Estate Journal, discusses Redburn Development’s Tilley Loft   …Continue Reading


Kaua’i Utility and AES DE Seal Plans For Hybrid Solar, Energy Storage Plant

Cheryl Kaften

Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) – a member-owned utility serving 33,000 electric accounts on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i –  and AES Distributed Energy, a subsidiary of AES, sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) on January 10 for a 28-MW solar photovoltaic energy plant, along with a 20-MW, five-hour duration energy storage system. The utility   …Continue Reading


The Dangers of Smart Meters

Carl Weinschenk

Almost nobody will like smart meters if they have a tendency to blow up. That sounds unlikely, but it could happen, according to a researcher. At the 33rd Chaos Communications Congress last month in Hamburg, Germany, researcher Netanel Rubin said that such an outcome is possible, according to PC Authority. Indeed, Rubin said that poor   …Continue Reading


Tesla Gigafactory Starts Mass-Production

Cheryl Kaften

In Sparks, Nevada, Tesla announced last week that its long-heralded, $5 billion gigafactory is now in mass-production mode – producing lithium-ion battery cells that will be used in the company’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy storage products, as well as in Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles.


Jacobs Selected for Pioneering New Jersey Rail Microgrid Project

Cheryl Kaften

New Jersey Transit – which operates 12 rail lines in the Garden State and provides nearly 223 million passenger trips each year – announced on January 3 that it had selected Jacobs Engineering Group to provide design and general engineering services for the agency’s $577 million microgrid project – the first of its kind nationwide.


Energy Managers: Prepare for Grid Hacking

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers need to be aware of anything that may interrupt the flow of electricity to their facilities. Increasingly, this includes the thread of cyberattacks. The threat is very real: On New Year’s Eve, the Los Angeles Times reported that malicious software “tied to Russian intelligence agencies” was found on a laptop computer belonging to   …Continue Reading


Governor’s Association Says It Can Be a Catalyst For Grid Modernization

Ken Silverstein

The National Governor’s Association says that it can help facilitate grid modernization, which will take into account the market demand for clean energy and the state and federal policies that will encourage that use.


Corporate Community Will Spur Demand for New, Low-Carbon Technologies

Ken Silverstein

It is the corporate community that is spurring on the trend toward a low-carbon economy and the resulting investments in clean technologies — a catalyst that will create even more opportunities and progress.


Duke to Fund More than 200 EV Charging Stations in NC

Carl Weinschenk

The advent of electric vehicles (EVs) is a big deal to energy managers because they will be tasked with supplying electricity to units on their premises. Such stations are becoming more common. For instance, Duke Energy, under its “EV Charging Infrastructure Project,” will install more than 200 charging stations in almost 50 counties in North Carolina.   …Continue Reading