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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


Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to House State’s Largest Solar Project

Karen Henry

Construction has begun on what will be Minnesota’s largest solar generation site. Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP) will soon house a 3 MW solar installation on the top deck of two Terminal 1 parking structures. The $25.4 million project also includes converting more than 7,700 metal halide light fixtures in all four parking ramps to   …Continue Reading


EVs Get a Charge from Recycled Batteries

Karen Henry

The Eco2charge group, led by the French construction company Bouygues with car maker Renault, electrical engineering group Alstom and cable maker Nexans, has developed a multi-vehicle electric car charging system made from end-of-life Renault EV lithium-ion batteries, Reuters reports. The system works as a power storage bank that can absorb electricity at night and gradually charge vehicles   …Continue Reading


Nevada Chosen for Tesla Gigafactory

Linda Hardesty

Nevada was selected as the official site for the Tesla gigafactory. Tesla Motors’ electric car battery plant will be worth $100 billion to the state of Nevada, according to executives at Tesla and leaders of the state’s government. The $5-billion gigafactory where Tesla will produce batteries in partnership with Japanese electronics maker Panasonic, will be   …Continue Reading


Overcapacity at Gigafactory Could Boost Stationary Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Tesla Motors’ plan to build a 35 GWh lithium-ion cell production facility – dubbed the Gigafactory – for electric vehicles will bring about only a modest reduction in battery costs and create significant overcapacity, predicts Lux Research. Tesla and its partner, Panasonic, will contribute about 45 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of the initial $4   …Continue Reading


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