FERC Opens US Wholesale Energy Markets To Battery and Electric Storage Systems

FERC Opens US Wholesale Energy Markets To Battery and Electric Storage Systems

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an order allowing the participation of electric storage resources in the capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. FERC’s vote to open US wholesale energy markets to batteries and other … Read more…

Demand Flexibility as the Key to an Efficient Grid

Demand Flexibility as the Key to an Efficient Grid

Demand flexibility can be a lower-cost, less-polluting alternative to natural gas-fired power plants for balancing renewable energy on the grid, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The organization’s new research report, “Demand Flexibility: The Key to Enabling a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Grid,” shows how demand … Read more…

New Orleans Will Explore ‘Smart City’ Approach To Energy

New Orleans Will Explore ‘Smart City’ Approach To Energy

The New Orleans City Council’s Utility, Cable, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee unanimously passed a resolution this week to explore a “smart city” approach that could include grid modernization and energy-efficient buildings. Smart cities have taken off in recent years around the world, defined by their … Read more…

Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Stone Edge Farm is a 16-acre estate owned by Mac and Leslie McQuown in Sonoma, California, that includes a winery known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon from organically-grown grapes. In 2013, Mac and experienced electrical engineering contractor Craig Wooster embarked on an open-source microgrid project to … Read more…

Market Research Report: Gensets To Get Even Smarter

Market Research Report: Gensets To Get Even Smarter

Gensets are getting more smart features now that the global power equation is shifting toward distributed, intelligent, and interconnected generation, a new report from Navigant Research shows. The report, “Automated, Interactive, and Analytics-Enabled Reciprocating Generator Sets for Dispatchable Power Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts,” … Read more…

AI-Driven Chatbots To Guide Building Owners with Solar Investments

AI-Driven Chatbots To Guide Building Owners with Solar Investments

Artificial intelligence-driven chatbots are emerging that can guide building owners with decisions about solar investments, according to new market insights from Forester Daily News’ Distributed Energy blog. In a recent post, Distributed Energy’s Laura Sanchez interviews Attila Toth, founder and CEO of PowerScout, Oakland, California-based … Read more…

Global Capacity of Distributed Energy Resources Is Expected to Reach Nearly 530 GW in 2026

Global Capacity of Distributed Energy Resources Is Expected to Reach Nearly 530 GW in 2026

  A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for distributed energy resources (DER) technologies is expected to reach nearly 530 GW through 2026. Technology advances, business model innovation, changing regulations, and sustainability and resilience concerns have brought DER into the core of … Read more…

Year in Review: Growth of Microgrids for Resilience

Year in Review: Growth of Microgrids for Resilience

Microgrids continued to grow in popularity this year, driven largely by concerns over resilience in the wake of natural disasters. A report prepared early in the year for Advanced Energy Economy showed that global annual revenue from microgrids increased 29% between 2015 and 2016. The … Read more…

Utilities Increasingly Using IoT Technologies for Analytics and Efficiency

Utilities Increasingly Using IoT Technologies for Analytics and Efficiency

The increased adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs) is helping drive the analytics landscape for utility companies. According to greentechmedia.com, there is a new realm of utility data and analytics, and it revolves around leveraging both utility- and customer-owned internet-of-things (IOT) technologies to drive competitive … Read more…

EaaS Platform for DER and Microgrids Announced

EaaS Platform for DER and Microgrids Announced

San Francisco-based Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN) announced strategic alliances with Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Group today for a new platform to own and operate microgrids as well as distributed energy resources. The platform is aimed at providing energy-as-a-service (EaaS) financing and infrastructure to organizations … Read more…

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