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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

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

HIGHMARK Brings Building Load Deferment System to the Northeast

Carl Weinschenk

HIGHMARK is bringing its Building Load Deferment energy storage system to the northeast, according to the company. The company offers what it calls a form of thermal energy storage and ice storage that enables energy production to be deferred to off peak hours, enabling energy cost reductions of as much as 50 percent. The system   …Continue Reading

Greensmith Releases GEMS5

Karen Henry

Grid-scale energy storage software and integration firm Greensmith has released GEMS5, the fifth generation of its energy storage software. The new version includes features that enable utilities, independent power producers, microgrid operators and commercial and industrial facility owners to expand the functionality, improve the availability, boost the performance and lengthen the lifespan of their energy   …Continue Reading

Royalpark Homes to Install Solar PV + Energy Storage System

Karen Henry

Royalpark Homes will be the first home builder to install residential solar PV plus battery storage systems as part of new home construction in the Simcoe Shores community in Barrie, Ontario. Panasonic’s Residential Energy Storage Solution captures solar energy in an energy storage solution that allows customers to choose their power source and manage their   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage Prospects Bright in Virginia, Ontario

Carl Weinschenk

Virginia is a prime state for the strategy of using batteries to reduce electric rates by storing energy when it is less expensive for use when prices are higher, according to a feature at Bacon’s Rebellion. The state has three things going in its favor: Peak rate demands are relatively high compared to other states – which   …Continue Reading

Increased Demand for EVs Driving Global Battery Management System Market

Karen Henry

Global battery management system market revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.9 percent between 2015 and 2025, according to a report from Future Market Insights (FMI). Demand for battery management systems for e-vehicle applications is estimated to account for 14.2 percent of the market’s revenue share by the   …Continue Reading

Grid Battery Sector on the Rise

Carl Weinschenk

The utility-scale, grid-connected battery storage sector is on the rise, according to Frost & Sullivan. The sector was worth $460 million last year and will reach $8.30 billion in 2024. Lithium-ion batteries will fuel this progress during the first two or three years of the study’s term. The commentary in the release suggests that the rise   …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

Do Microgrids Hold the Key to Grid Stability?

Karen Henry

Typically, power sources that can work independently of the electric grid are viewed as a competitive threat to utility companies. Community-based microgrids, and their potential to provide grid resiliency in response to a severe weather event or other emergency, are beginning to change that. An article in Wind Power Engineering and Development outlines a number   …Continue Reading

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