Demand Response

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

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

Bromine Battery to Cut ICL Operating Expenses 16%

Karen Henry

ICL, a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals, anticipates a 16 percent reduction to its annual operating expenses with the deployment of a bromine-based battery. The battery was deployed for energy storage purposes at its fire retardant production site in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The battery utilizes a Primus Power EnergyCell system to manage   …Continue Reading

Hydrogenics’ Electrolyzer Helps Power Stuttgart

Carl Weinschenk

Hydrogenics Corporation said this week that its 1.5 MW PEM electrolyzer energy storage system has been incorporated into E.ON’s site in Hamburg, Germany. The system will help power the natural gas grid of the city. The Hydrogenics electrolyzer system produces green hydrogen by using surplus renewable energy, mostly from wind resources. This power-to-gas system enables   …Continue Reading

Four Takeaways from Order 745 Supreme Court Arguments

Allison Clements

What an honor to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States. The building’s stately presence and history provided quite the backdrop for arguments on an issue dear to me and many other energy geeks across this country — the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to regulate, via Order 745, demand response resources’   …Continue Reading

Johnson Controls Expands at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart

Carl Weinschenk

Johnson Controls is expanding the use of its battery technology in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.  The mart has used Johnson Control’s Integrated Demand Resource Group for demand response programs for many years, according to the vendor. The expanded platform will provide the storage capabilities enabling the Mart to participate in advanced fast response programs   …Continue Reading

GE’s Current Offers Energy-as-a-Service

Carl Weinschenk

GE yesterday announced Current. The company will integrate GE’s LED, solar, storage and electric vehicle businesses on the Predix digital analytics platform.  The new company will provide energy-as-a-service via a Predix-driven network of Internet-of-things (IoT) sensor-enabled hardware and software. Fulfillment, product management and financing solutions will be offered. The goal, according to a quote from   …Continue Reading

Schneider Electric and IPKeys Partner on Demand Response

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric and IPKeys Technology are partnering on a demand response platform that the companies say will enable monitoring of IPKeys customers’ energy performance in near-real time, the tracking of energy savings and participation in automated demand response events. IPKeys will contribute its EISS Online technology and Schneider will offer its Energy Profiler Online cloud-based   …Continue Reading

SB 350 Passes in California

Karen Henry

The California legislature has passed SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The bill calls for energy efficiency in buildings to increase by 50 percent and for 50 percent of the state utilities’ power to come from renewable energy by 2030. The provision to cut petroleum use in California by 50   …Continue Reading

Stem Tests Business Demand Response in CAL-ISO Real-Time Market

Cheryl Kaften

For the first time last week, an energy storage provider participated in California’s real-time energy markets. Millbrae, California-based Stem announced on September 3 that it had successfully bid into the California Independent System Operator (CAL-ISO) real-time market using aggregated customer storage systems – and can now automatically dispatch stored power to enhance grid reliability.     …Continue Reading