Energy Storage

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

Energy Storage Facility Online in the U.K.

Carl Weinschenk

The United Kingdom’s largest battery array is now online, according to Business Green. AES UK & Ireland said that its Kilroot Advancion Energy Storage Array in Northern Ireland is now available for Harmonised Ancillary Services provision, the story said. The capacity of the facility is 10 MW. The plan is to eventually offer 100 MW   …Continue Reading

Demand Response Proponents See Growth as a Supreme Court Decision Looms

Carl Weinschenk

Demand response (DR) energy distribution appears to be gaining momentum in the United States and elsewhere. In the U.S., however, the DR sector is awaiting a Supreme Court decision that will have great impact on the evolution of the technology, administrative and business models. A lot is going on besides the Supreme Court case, however. Technology   …Continue Reading

Energy Manager Today Product & Project of the Year Award Winners Announced

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today announces the winners of the first annual Energy Manager Today Awards, a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with significant energy management benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved energy management and increased the bottom line. You can download the report here. The following companies won Product of the   …Continue Reading

Microgrids, Now Mainstream, Continue to Advance

Carl Weinschenk

Fourth quarter numbers from Navigant Research show that for the first time more microgrids are remote than tied to the main grid. In short, microgrids are leaving home. The research found that there are 1,437 microgrids worldwide providing 13 GW of capacity. More than half of these are remote. Significant recent additions are 83 projects   …Continue Reading