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Energy Storage

Energy Managers Must Prepare as Changes to Solar Rules Accelerate

Carl Weinschenk

This week, solar power provider Soltage LLC announced a deal with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in West Brookfield, MA. Under terms of the deal, a site in Worcester, MA – about 25 miles away from the school – will use 5,800 photovoltaic panels to generate about 2.4 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy for the school.   …Continue Reading


Distributed Energy Resources: Utilities Are Not Leaving Money on the Table

Ken Silverstein

Want to get a message to your family members? When was the last time you penned a letter, sealed it in an envelop and went to a mailbox? It was probably around the same time that you waited several hours to see the latest, breaking news on the TV as opposed to having it read   …Continue Reading


Navigant: Commercial and Industrial Energy Storage Market to Hit $10.8B in 2025

Carl Weinschenk

The commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage market in the United States, led by California, is growing, according to Navigant Research. The firm predicts that the sector will grow from $968.4 million this year to $10.8 billion in 2025. Capacity will expand from 499.4 MW this year to 9.1 GW by the end of the study   …Continue Reading


To Thrive, Microgrids Must Help the Macrogrid

Carl Weinschenk

To thrive, localized microgrids and any distributed — or onsite — energy resources (DERs) that they support must provide value to the established energy infrastructure as well as to its local customers. They also must come down in price, says Dirk van Ouwerkerk, the partner for microgrids at Anbaric Transmission. Microgrids are small grids that are parallel   …Continue Reading


Behind the Meter Energy Storage Soars

Carl Weinschenk

The rise of solar and wind power is leading to an explosion in energy storage, according to the U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2015, which was released last week by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. The study found that the overall U.S. energy storage market grew by 243 percent in 2015 and predicts that   …Continue Reading


Green Charge Providing Energy to Grossmont (CA) School District

Carl Weinschenk

  Green Charge Networks has agreed on an energy storage project with the Grossmont Union High School District, which is in the eastern side of San Diego County, CA. Green Charge, which calls itself the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the United States, will deploy 7.4 mWh energy storage capacity at 14 sites   …Continue Reading


Siemens Unveils Microgrid-as-a-Service Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Siemens’ new microgrid software-as-a-service platform is aimed at small power operators such as campuses and industrial and commercial sites. The company says that the Spectrum Power Microgrid Management System (MGMS) is a remotely hosted platform that enables dynamic management and control of distributed energy resources. It includes integrated weather and load forecasting. The benefits of   …Continue Reading


Battery Storage Giving Businesses a Break

Ken Silverstein

Battery storage is helping utilities do their jobs. And by extension, it will — in time — help energy managers. Just off the lot: a 8.75 megawatt project that captures and reuses energy created by braking subway cars along two subway lines. It’s now one of the nation’s largest customer-sited battery storage networks that will   …Continue Reading


SEPTA to Use Battery Storage Network

Carl Weinschenk

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will use a battery storage network funded, owned and operated by Constellation. The press release says that the 8.75 MW network will operate at seven SEPTA substations. Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. The release says that Virdity also is working on the project. The idea is to   …Continue Reading


Battery and Storage Sectors Keep Pace with Energy Decentralization

Carl Weinschenk

The decentralized generation of energy is a great thing. Bringing generation into the network, however, is not easy. It has many technical ramifications and complications. It also is costly. One of the most important issues is the nature of the batteries and related systems that store the energy that is being produced. It obviously is an   …Continue Reading


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