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Alpine Restaurant Installs Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Metronik Energija has installed two of Imergy Power System‘ ESP4 series vanadium-based flow batteries at Trojane, a restaurant located in the Slovenian Alps. The restaurant has already installed a 49 kW photovoltaic solar system, a 30 kW combined heat and power (CHP) system, and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The energy storage project, sponsored   …Continue Reading


Clean Energy Banks Could Foster Private Investment

Matt Frades

The electric vehicle (EV) market got a jolt of good news this fall with the announcement that dozens of non-profits, schools, and utilities are purchasing electric fleets and installing workplace charging stations. The challenge is to encourage more fleet operators – and the general public — to adopt EVs on a similar scale. And that’s not likely without more   …Continue Reading


BMW Taps Old Batteries for Demand Response Trial

Linda Hardesty

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and automaker BMW are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide services to the electric grid. PG&E selected BMW after a competitive solicitation to manage a minimum of 100 kilowatts of electric demand on PG&E’s system, much as other large industrial and commercial customers do   …Continue Reading


Largest Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage System Deployed in LA

Karen Henry

CODA Energy announced the full interconnection and operation of the largest behind-the-meter lithium-ion energy storage system in the Los Angeles basin. The 1,054 kWh, 510 kW system was developed under a contract with South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and co-funded through California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). CODA began installations at the beginning of   …Continue Reading


NRG Energy Builds Energy Efficient Headquarters

Linda Hardesty

NRG Energy broke ground for its new grid resilient corporate headquarters in Princeton, NJ, slated to open in 2016. The new building is being developed in collaboration with Boston Properties, which will own the building and sign a 15-year lease with NRG. The three-floor, 130,000-sq-foot headquarters will incorporate, among other technologies: Two on-site solar fields, with   …Continue Reading


Microgrid Built in a Day for VERGE San Francisco

Karen Henry

GreenBiz Group’s VERGE San Francisco’s conference and exhibition was powered by a renewable-energy-fueled microgrid that was built in a single day at the city’s historic Palace Hotel. The installation was part of a demonstration of  distributed energy systems. According to an article on the GreenBiz website, the microgrid included a 100 kW biodiesel backup generator   …Continue Reading


Nissan Does Demand Response via LEAF EVs

Linda Hardesty

In Japan, ENERES Co. is using Nissan LEAF electric vehicles paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system for demand response testing at several sales outlets run by Kanagawa Nissan. Usually, when curtailment is requested, consumers may respond by moderating their use of air conditioning and lighting. However, by using the storage capacity of electric   …Continue Reading


Smart Cities Drive Changes across Energy Sector

Karen Henry

The urban population is estimated to expand by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years, and there is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of this quickly changing population. The smart city concept has developed in response to the rapid changes happening in cities around   …Continue Reading


Electric Vehicle Software Platform Supports Grid Reliability

Karen Henry

A new software platform developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Sumitoma Electric Industries allows utilities to adjust plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging loads up and down to accommodate the intermittent availability of renewable energy sources. This capability is particularly important in California, which requires 33 percent of electric generation to be met   …Continue Reading


Green Charge, NRG Drive Energy Storage in California

Linda Hardesty

Green Charge Networks and NRG eVgo have partnered to deploy 10 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with integrated energy storage in California by the end of 2014. Five of those eVgoDC stations, using Green Charge’s GreenStation energy storage, are already in operation. NRG eVgo is currently building a network of more than 200 Freedom Station   …Continue Reading