1. Articles in category: Smart Grid

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    1. ComEd Forges Ahead with Ambitious Microgrid Plans Amid Legislative Debate

      ComEd Forges Ahead with Ambitious Microgrid Plans Amid Legislative Debate

      The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 left many utilities searching for ways to bolster grid resiliency. One of those ways included microgrids, which could accelerate a cleaner, more resilient grid, according to its supporters. Illinois' largest utility, Commonwealth Edison, is now undertaking plans to build at least one microgrid with funds from the Department of Energy, with hopes to build out at least five more depending on the outcome of pending legislation. ComEd is using a $4 million award from the Department of Energy to install the infrastructure to support a microgrid in Chicago’s South Side. 

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      Mentions: DoE IL
    2. Solar Electric Power Association to become the Smart Electric Power Alliance

      Solar Electric Power Association to become the Smart Electric Power Alliance

      Solar is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the U.S. But growth by itself is not enough. The positive impact of solar is magnified when partnered with complementary technologies intelligently blended into a more dynamic and responsive electricity grid, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) says. In response to the continuing evolution of solar and clean energy, the SEPA will officially become the Smart Electric Power Alliance on April 11th, 2016. The new name reflects what SEPA members do every day – evolve the ways we generate, deliver and consume the power that drives our economy.

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      Mentions: U.S. Siemens
    3. E.ON Leads The Way To Germany’s Green Grid

      E.ON Leads The Way To Germany’s Green Grid

      Originally published on the ECOreport. No other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads the way to Germany’s Green Grid.“Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we invest more than €1 billion to expand our networks in Germany,” said Thomas König, Managing Director of E.ON Deutschland.32 GW of the 96 GW of installed renewables capacity subsidized under Germany’s Renewable Energy Law were connected to E.ON by the end of 2015.

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    4. TEP Resource Plan Includes More Solar, Energy Storage, Smart Grid Technologies

      TEP Resource Plan Includes More Solar, Energy Storage, Smart Grid Technologies

      Tucson Electric Power (TEP, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.) will meet customers’ energy needs in the near future by expanding renewable energy resources and energy efficiency programs, evaluating new technologies to improve reliability, and pursuing opportunities to reduce its use of coal. TEP’s strategies for southern Arizona’s energy future are outlined in its preliminary 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was filed on March 2nd, 2016 with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The IRP describes how TEP plans to meet customers’ energy needs through 2030 while satisfying regulatory requirements and improving the environment.

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      Mentions: U.S. EPA Arizona
    5. Federal Support Promotes Microgrid Technology

      Federal Support Promotes Microgrid Technology

      Microgrid technology is at the forefront of the nation’s evolving electric grid, says a new paper “Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger: Microgrids in the Evolving Power System,” released by the The Pew Charitable Trusts at this week’s Advanced Research Products Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) Summit in Washington, D.C. This excerpt describes federal programs and policies that are advancing microgrids. The U.S. Department of Energy leads federal research to advance development and deployment of microgrids through partnerships with organizations such as the national laboratories, academic institutions, and the private sector. The DOE’s interest lies in using the technology to improve electricity reliability and resiliency, help communities prepare for future grid outages, and encourage growth of clean and efficient energy industries.

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    6. How Battery Power Sustains Wind-Blown and Sun Struck Grids

      How Battery Power Sustains Wind-Blown and Sun Struck Grids

      Energy storage systems continue to grow in popularity as renewable energy sources like wind power are connected to the grid at an unprecedented rate. California alone plans to commission 1.3 gigawatts of storage by 2020, and similar trends are being seen globally. In Canada, the Government of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”) calls for a total of 50 MW of storage capacity. Although this may not seem like much in comparison, with Canada’s focus on energy policy, energy storage is expected to become critical to the success of policy goals affecting de-carbonization and enabling a true “Smart Grid.”

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    7. UK Energy Sector Ready to Deliver Clean Energy

      UK Energy Sector Ready to Deliver Clean Energy

      The UK energy sector trade body, Energy UK, has announced that its members are ready to deliver affordable, reliable, and clean energy. A new report published by Energy UK, the country’s trade association for the energy industry, highlighted “how a positive partnership with government will allow the sector to meet the considerable challenges facing the country in balancing costs with affordability while meeting environmental and security goals.”

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      Mentions: Europe UK
    8. European 3D-Printed Battery Startup Brings In $2.2M to Prove Its Concept

      European 3D-Printed Battery Startup Brings In $2.2M to Prove Its Concept

      A researcher in Ireland developing 3-D printed batteries won a five-year, €2.5 million ($2.8 million) grant from the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to develop the technology. The technology, called 3D2DPrint, is “a new type of extremely long-lasting battery -- one that can come in any shape or size and can be camouflaged within any type of material,” according to a press release issued by Science Foundation Ireland, a funding body. 

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      Mentions: Europe Ireland Sweden
    9. Partnering for Success: Utilities Leverage Innovative Vendor Relationships at the Grid Edge

      Partnering for Success: Utilities Leverage Innovative Vendor Relationships at the Grid Edge

      A new high-level look at distribution system innovation makes one thing clear: Utilities that find and work with innovative private sector players benefit from reaching out. The paper builds on earlier reports about technologies changing the distribution system, including energy storage, demand response, data analytics, advanced metering and solar-plus-storage. From a burgeoning database, the researchers highlight nine cutting edge projects that reveal an enormous range of distribution system innovation possible for utilities to access through private sector partners.

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      Mentions: CA Australia DoE
    10. Saft Strengthens its Presence in Asia by Opening a New Subsidiary in Japan

      Saft Strengthens its Presence in Asia by Opening a New Subsidiary in Japan

      Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has opened a new subsidiary in Tokyo, Japan. The new subsidiary, under the name of Saft Japan Kabushiki Kaisha(K.K.) headed by Philippe Ulrich, Saft Sales Director for Asia, is a major strategic step that underpins Saft’s strategy to become even closer to customers in Asia. With its new expert sales team, the main objectives for us are to increase Saft’s share of the Asian market and specifically to boost sales in Japan.

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    11. Powerstorm ESS Signs MOU for Cutting-Edge IoT Technology Developed in Exclusive Collaboration with B-Scada

      Powerstorm ESS Signs MOU for Cutting-Edge IoT Technology Developed in Exclusive Collaboration with B-Scada

      Powerstorm ESS of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and B-Scada, Inc. today announce that the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) whereby B-Scada has agreed to supply Powerstorm ESS with its Internet of Things (IoT) visualization and data analytics technology. Powerstorm ESS seeks to accelerate its presence in the global emerging markets through rapid deployment of hybrid energy systems to its existing pipeline.  B-Scada will be collaborating with Powerstorm ESS to provide the software infrastructure for the hybrid energy systems that utilize Lithium Ion batteries and Powerstorm ESS patent pending technology. This opportunity will strengthen BScada’s IoT platform exposure in the global market place and provide Powerstorm ESS with a more sophisticated and intelligent solution. 

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    12. Ice Energy Introduces Ice Bear 20 for Residential Cooling

      Ice Energy Introduces Ice Bear 20 for Residential Cooling

      Ice Energy, a leading provider of thermal energy storage solutions, has introduced the Ice Bear 20, a smaller-capacity version of its flagship Ice Bear system for residential cooling. The new system combines Ice Energy’s patented thermal storage and smart grid technology with integrated cooling, enabling utilities to control residential cooling load and reduce peak demand by up to 95 percent for up to four hours. It also allows increased load during periods of solar over-generation, while providing homeowners the cooling they desire.

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    13. Southern California Edison's Grand Software Plan Is a System of Systems at the Grid Edge

      Southern California Edison's Grand Software Plan Is a System of Systems at the Grid Edge

      Back in July, Southern California Edison estimated it would need to invest up to $1 billion over the next half-decade to incorporate rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in electric vehicles, and other distributed energy resources into its distribution grids. Of that, $250 million to $575 million was earmarked for “technology platforms and applications,” -- in other words, cloud computing, software and apps. But SCE is not going to be spending money on any of the traditional building-block software platforms commonly used in the utility industry.

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    14. DOE Funds $18 Million In Six 'After-Sunset & Cloudy' Solar Energy Storage Solutions Projects

      DOE Funds $18 Million In Six 'After-Sunset & Cloudy' Solar Energy Storage Solutions Projects

      In January, the US Department of Energy announced $18 million in funding for six new projects. The goal? Enabling the development of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage to power American homes after the sun sets or when clouds are overhead.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    15. Ice Energy Introduces Ice Bear 20, an Ice Battery That Manages Residential Cooling Load for Utilities

      Ice Energy Introduces Ice Bear 20, an Ice Battery That Manages Residential Cooling Load for Utilities

      Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, has introduced the Ice Bear 20 -- a smaller-capacity version of its flagship Ice Bear system. The new system combines Ice Energy's patented thermal storage and smart-grid technology with integrated cooling, enabling utilities to control residential cooling load and reduce peak demand by up to 95% for up to four hours. It also allows increased load during periods of solar over-generation, while providing homeowners the cooling they desire.

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    16. What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      California’s investor-owned utilities are ready to test how effectively aggregated demand management resources can be used to serve bulk grid needs. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have picked the private sector players whose aggregated resources will go into the state’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) pilot program.

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    17. Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

      Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

      Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth in distributed energy resources — especially in Hawaii and California.

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      Mentions: CA HI Duke Energy
    18. Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Australian-based battery storage technology developer Ecoult is taking its product to Europe for the first time, following its selection to be used in a trial to provide back-up services for electricity grid. The Sydney-based company, a spin off from the CSIRO, says one of its Ultra-Battery energy storage products is to be installed in Dublin in a smart grid testbed to integrate fast-response storage with the electricity grid.

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    19. Landis+Gyr Has Won 44 Smart Grid Contracts in North America in 2015

      Landis+Gyr Has Won 44 Smart Grid Contracts in North America in 2015

      Landis+Gyr, a provider of energy management solutions, has reported substantial growth in new business for North America during 2015, signing 44 contracts for smart grid technology and services throughout the continent. The company also supports the needs of public power utilities and emerging markets, in addition to focusing on its load management, energy storage and analytics portfolio, said Prasanna Venkatesan, executive vice president of the Americas at Landis+Gyr.

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    20. Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

      Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

      As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States. These projects will enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage to power American homes after the sun sets or when clouds are overhead.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. WA
    21. Grid Modernization Fact Sheet

      Grid Modernization Fact Sheet

      Our nation’s electric grid is the backbone of our economy, a key factor in future economic growth, and a critical component of our energy security. Modernizing and revitalizing our electric grid to make it is easier to bring online renewable source of energy is top priority for President Obama. Through the Recovery Act, the Department of Energy invested more than $4.5 billion in modernizing the grid. This included more than $3.3 billion in smart grid technology deployment and an additional $685 million in smart grid regional and energy storage demonstration projects. As a result of these investments, the nation’s grid is now more reliable, resilient, flexible, efficient, and secure.

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      Mentions: DoE Georgia Tennessee
    22. Massive US Utility Scale Solar Group Dives Into Small Scale Solar

      Massive US Utility Scale Solar Group Dives Into Small Scale Solar

      So, this could get interesting. The Solar Electric Power Association, a leading US solar industry trade group, is branching out to the distributed solar field after a 12-year history of advocating for utility scale solar. That could be good news for the small scale rooftop and ground-mounted solar markets given the group’s research, support services, and education activities, though it may cause some rumbles among the group’s membership, which consists of hundreds of utility-scale electricity suppliers along with solar manufacturers and other stakeholders. Or maybe not, as the case may be.

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    23. Energy Storage Brings Old Plant Back to Life

      Energy Storage Brings Old Plant Back to Life

      The installation of a 2-MW battery-based energy storage system at a retired coal plant in New Richmond, Ohio, is being billed as a sign of the growing potential of repurposing shuttered sites for grid-scale energy storage.  In addition to being completed in record time - about four months - the Duke Energy project, which provides frequency regulation services to the Northeastern PJM market, is also seen as a way for Duke to make money on a plant it was ready to mothball.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. TX
    24. First Flywheel Hybrid Energy Storage Plant in Europe is Opened

      First Flywheel Hybrid Energy Storage Plant in Europe is Opened

      Europe’s first flywheel hybrid energy storage plant has been officially launched in Ireland. The plant in Rhode, County Offaly, is owned and operated by Irish energy company Schwungrad Energie and is expected to enter a test operational phase in February. The Rhode hybrid demo project comprises two Beacon Power 160 kW flywheels and Hitachi Chemical valve-regulated lead acid batteries of up to 240 kW.

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