The State(s) of Distributed Solar + Should Utilities Be Buying New Gas Plants?

The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2018 Update BY MARIE DONAHUE | DATE: 12 MAR 2019  2018 Year-End Update Renewable energy continued to expand across the country in 2018. This expansion in renewable energy complements a growing number of states, utilities, and cities that have set ambitious goals to transition to 100 percent renewable and carbon-free power generation. New solar photovoltaic capacity, including from small-scale distributed solar …

2019: the year of orchestrating flexible resources, diverse sources, batteries and demand/non-wires alternatives

“2019 is going to be the year of orchestrating flexible resources, both on the residential and C&I side,” said Elta Kolo, research manager for the Grid Edge team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. “You’re going to see increasing diversity in the resource mix that’s being orchestrated.”  This development is part of a long-awaited shift from old-school, unidirectional demand response signals …

What To Do About DERs: ISO says, “Historically, we have forecast demand for power, and dispatched supply. In the future, those roles will reverse.”

The most realistic vision for a decarbonized power system: lots of large-scale solar and wind generation, balanced by a mix of large-scale storage and myriad flexible, distributed energy resources (or ‘DERs’). (I won’t go into detail about how cheap these renewable energy sources have become — for more on that topic see GTM on that or Utility Dive here and here) If managed well, the burgeoning …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …

Climate Mobilization Emergency Resolutions passed by local governments and 10 year decarbonization plans

Hoboken, NJ and Montgomery County, MD have led the way by passing resolutions brought by TCM organizers unanimously.  You can download the full resolution texts. Download their resolutions below, and use them as a jumping off point for drafting your own. HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD RESOLUTION BERKELEY, CA RESOLUTION   RICHMOND, CA RESOLUTION HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION OAKLAND, CA …

Extent of demand response: A new study by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Navigant, and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) shows that a new record of 18.3 gigawatts of electricity use was avoided, deferred, or otherwise managed through demand response activities last year, involving 155 utilities across the country

From Clean Technica, 10 Nov 2018 As more households and businesses install rooftop solar and begin tracking their energy production, an increasing number of solar hosts are diving into a variety demand response opportunities —some at the behest of the utilities — to reduce their electricity bills. Whether the demand response activities involve air conditioning use or EV charging management, …

‘Not your grandma’s DER’: Distributed resources modernize, prove value to grid: New, smart DER can go beyond customer benefits to help stabilize utility systems

New, smart DER can go beyond customer benefits to help stabilize utility systems. By Herman K. Trabish by Utility Dive.com, Sept. 27, 2018 Proof is emerging that distributed energy resources (DER) can deliver services to the power system in addition to the customers who buy and install them. DER advocates say the resources can respond quickly to the grid’s need to …

V2G services can provide EV owners with an addition $11,000 over 10 years, in addition to residual value, but battery degradation is still a question

Why Fleets Can Overestimate The Total Cost Of Ownership For EVs.  By Joshua Gordon, FleetCarma, August 7, 2018 The total cost of ownership (TCO) measures the real cost of a vehicle. Due to regulation and cost pressures, fleet owners are continuously looking for ways to reduce operating costs. Traditionally, the life-cycle costs of conventional vehicles (CVs) have remained unchanged. However, with the …

Energy system innovation in NY

 April 3 2018 Launched in August of 2017 by New York State to help implement the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), REV Connect brings solutions providers and New York’s six investor-owned utilities together to accelerate innovation, develop new business models, and deliver value to all energy consumers. REV Connect makes this possible through online idea submissions that are shared …