Energy Storage

US Military Taking No Risks by Going Green, Saving Lives and Energy

Ken Silverstein

The US Department of Defense is still known for its bravery but it’s now also known for its use of green energy, battery storage and microgrids — that is saving the lives of soldiers in the battle field while also producing cleaner energy.

Microgrids are the In-Thing and They are Driving Savings and Opportunities

Sally Jacquemin

Microgrids have certainly become one of the power industry’s “hottest” topics due to several market and business drivers that include decentralized energy investment and positive financial impact of on-site power generation.

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