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    1. How Giant Batteries Can Help Reduce Emissions

      How Giant Batteries Can Help Reduce Emissions

      In Southern California, where an extreme energy shortage has threatened for months to shut off power for millions of homeowners, an unconventional source of electricity is helping to keep the lights on: giant batteries. Thousands of lithium-ion battery packs — the same kind of batteries that power smartphones and laptops — were installed in massive containers in a handful of spots on the grid earlier this year, from San Diego to Los Angeles. The batteries are now helping power tens of thousands of households.

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    2. Meterless Solar Microgrids in Rural India

      Meterless Solar Microgrids in Rural India

      On May 25, 2015, solar microgrid lighting illuminated the small farming village of Bommekallu, Karnataka, for the first time. Two grids, self-contained, connected two large solar panels to 22 houses, providing lighting insurance against the two to four hours of daily power cuts.  I was the main architect of these microgrids. The following article intends to describe my dream for these systems, the process of design, and the difficulties, practical and ethical, that I faced. Please note before I begin: I was a foreigner to the region, and my view is incomplete. Rural Karnataka's is a very different social and professional culture than ours. None of the ways that I present the villagers, my NGO, or myself are intentionally critical.

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    3. A $48 Billion Opportunity for US Electric Customers

      A $48 Billion Opportunity for US Electric Customers

      Why are U.S. electric utilities facing $48 billion in revenue losses? Because their 20th-century business model, built around a centralized, command-and-control electric grid, is increasingly outdated in an age when we can produce power on individual rooftops from ubiquitous sunshine and manage energy individually on ubiquitous smartphones. If we can overcome the roadblocks being thrown up by monopoly utilities, that $48 billion can go right into the pockets of utility customers in a more democratic energy system. Read on for an explanation of how we can achieve energy democracy out of the turmoil of today's electricity system.

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    4. Energy Storage: Saving the Environment and Grid This Holiday Season

      Energy Storage: Saving the Environment and Grid This Holiday Season

      It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means that New York's most iconic Christmas tree is lit, the rink at Rockefeller Center is busy and the Rockettes are performing. However, few realize the amount of energy that is required to keep building occupants and the tourists walking through the New York sites comfortable and happy. The amount of energy, especially at peak times, is expensive and negatively impacts our environment and electric grid. Can energy that is consumed during off peak periods and stored for later use help solve these problems and help to reduce the peak electricity demands, improve utility load factor and make renewables more viable even in the cold of winter?

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      Mentions: U.S. New York
    5. Storage Shines in Solar Sector

      Storage Shines in Solar Sector

      It is clear that the solar industry has entered a bright new phase of solar-related storage market and application development. Its versatility and adaptability is a major factor as with the right technology, solar energy can be stored during the middle of the day and shifted for use whenever it is needed. This was understood at 2013 InterSolar. So what has changed for storage to turn a cover and play a starring role in the photovoltaic (PV) industry? Education.

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    6. Energy Storage in New York: If It Can Make It Here, It Can Make It Anywhere

      Energy Storage in New York:  If It Can Make It Here, It Can Make It Anywhere

      On April 24, 2014, Governor Cuomo unveiled plans for an "energy modernization initiative that will fundamentally transform the way electricity is distributed and used in New York State." "For more than 100 years, the generation and distribution of electricity in New York have been largely unchanged, but today we are taking a giant step away from the status quo and leading the way on energy modernization," Governor Cuomo said. "By introducing and embracing information technology and clean energy solutions, millions of New Yorkers will benefit from a 21st Century power grid, enabling them to better manage and reduce their energy costs while protecting and preserving the environment."

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      Mentions: U.S. NY-BEST New York
    7. NY State Working Hard to Catch up With CA's Energy Storage Requirements

      NY State Working Hard to Catch up With CA's Energy Storage Requirements

      Battery storage is gaining more and more traction in the distributed energy resources community. Last fall, California passed the first statewide energy storage directive in the United States. Issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the mandate requires all investor-owned utilities in the state including Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric, to jointly purchase "1325 megawatts of energy storage" by 2020.

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    8. Overview of utility problems with residential & commercial PV storage in Hawaii

      Overview of utility problems with residential & commercial PV storage in Hawaii

      An exodus of customers off of the grid could potentially upend the utilities’ current business model ... improved battery storage, as well as other technology, could also help the utility integrate more solar energy by smoothing out the power as it enters its grids.

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      Mentions: DoE Hawaii EPA
    9. DoD Examines 200K Plug-In Electric Vehicles With Grid Storage

      DoD Examines 200K Plug-In Electric Vehicles With Grid Storage
      The DOD is at the genesis of large-scale integration of plug-in electric vehicles into its non-tactical ground fleet. Medium duty trucks, which are currently the largest fuel consumer in the DOD non-tactical fleet, are a top target for this integration. On June 16 the DOD released a request for information to engage stakeholders in a to achieve "total cost of ownership parity" -- in other words, a budget-neutral program.
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