Energy Storage

1,800 Ice Bears Reduce Peak Power Consumption

Linda Hardesty

NRG Energy and Ice Energy are partnering on energy storage to reduce California’s peak energy demand. Southern California Edison (SCE) recently awarded 20-year contracts for NRG Energy to provide 0.5 MW of behind-the-meter energy storage and for Ice Energy to provide 25.6 MW of behind-the meter energy storage. NRG was also awarded 178 MW of   …Continue Reading


Hawaiian University Erects PV, Energy Storage System

Linda Hardesty

ZBB Energy signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with University of the Nations on the Island of Hawaii for the installation of a 408 kW PV system with Agile Hybrid batteries, and accompanying Matrix electronic power controls. The power plant is expected to result in more than $2.4 million in energy savings over the   …Continue Reading


Retrofit Begins at Net Zero Energy Electrical Training Center

Linda Hardesty

In Los Angeles, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association have begun retrofitting their Electrical Training Institute to make it a net-zero-energy building. The $13 million project was initially announced in August 2014. Construction will be completed in Spring 2016 with an opening scheduled   …Continue Reading


NYSERDA Awards $410,000 for Thermal Energy Storage in Refrigerated Trucks

Linda Hardesty

New West Technologies has been chosen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop a working prototype of an advanced energy storage and power system for refrigerated truck trailers that replaces their traditional diesel-powered systems. Pending completion of contract negotiations, New West Technologies will assist in the development and demonstration   …Continue Reading


California May Allow Distributed Resources into Wholesale Market

Josh Kessler

Traditionally, distributed energy resources (DER) have been too small to bid into energy markets. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which oversees the California power market, typically requires projects to be at least 500 kW in order to participate in the market. In order to promote small-scale solar, batteries, demand response technologies, and other DER,   …Continue Reading


Shell Energy Deploys Battery Energy Storage via AMS

Linda Hardesty

Shell Energy North America signed a memorandum of understanding with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to install up to 20 MW of battery storage at Shell Energy commercial, industrial and utility customer sites throughout California. AMS and Shell Energy will work together to identify new and existing direct access and utility customers who want to install   …Continue Reading


Old Car Batteries Help Power GM Data Center

Linda Hardesty

A 74 kW solar array and two wind turbines are working with old Chevrolet Volt batteries to power an administration building at General Motors’ new Enterprise Data Center in Milford, Michigan. The array, turbines and repurposed batteries will work in parallel to supply power to the building, delivering net-zero energy use on an annual basis. According   …Continue Reading


Distributed Generation, Energy Storage on Steep Growth Path in Telecom Networks

Linda Hardesty

The enormous growth of mobile telecommunications and data-intensive Internet usage have caused the telecom industry to spend more on infrastructure over the last decade than over the previous lifetime of the industry. This growth translates into the need for increasing amounts of power and energy services. A new report from Navigant Research, which looks at   …Continue Reading


How Time-of-Use Pricing Can Unlock Customer Value

Josh Kessler

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed two plans that would direct the state’s three investor-owned utilities to institute more widespread use of time-of-use (TOU) pricing mechanisms, according to the Environmental Defense Fund’s Energy Exchange blog. TOU pricing through utilities or retail providers can be beneficial to customers who install distributed generation (DG) or   …Continue Reading


Green Charge, Nissan Reuse LEAF Batteries for Commercial Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Nissan Motor Company and Green Charge Networks are going to deploy second-life lithium-ion vehicle batteries for stationary commercial energy storage in the US and international markets. More than 178,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold since the car’s launch in late 2010. Nissan has conducted multiple research projects in Japan, the US and Europe to use   …Continue Reading