Illinois NextGrid Roadmap to a Clean Future, Lessons for Other Stakeholder Planning and Blue Ribbon Panel Efforts

Breaking Down Illinois’ NextGrid Roadmap to a Grid Edge Future, GreenTechMedia, Jeff St. John, January 17, 2019 Last week was the close of public comments on the final draft of the NextGrid Illinois Utility of the Future Study, a report that — while not an official roadmap for modernizing Illinois’ power grid and energy regulatory framework — represents the state’s biggest effort on that …

Getting to zero in heating, in conjunction with utilities, in urban/development policy, and with the Green New Deal

Empowering Utilities to Participate in the Clean-Energy Transition – Part II, Part 2: Aligning Energy Demand with Renewable Energy Production in Oregon January 9, 2019  |  By Todd Zeranski & David Labrador This is the second blog in a three-part series. The first blog, Renewable Heating in Juneau, Alaska, is available here. One of the central challenges in transitioning to a more distributed and …

Fermeta/Nissan Leaf bi-directional charging technology both receives power from the grid and sends power from vehicle batteries back to the building to reduce electricity costs

© Nissan via Fermata Energy Fermata Energy and Nissan introduce bi-directional charging for the LEAF. This has interesting implications. Fermata Energy recently announced a system where their chargers connect to Nissan Leaf cars but also work both ways, using their proprietary software to “demonstrate the potential of bi-directional charging technology that not only receives power from the grid, but also …

Zero-carbon grids are set to power the #FutureFaster

By Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition “There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost”. That’s the conclusion of Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who led a recent study in the rollout of …

Coal & Gas Are Too Variable To Be Worth Considering 

By George Harvey, Coal and Gas Are Too Variable to Be Worth Considering on Clean Technica, October 1st, 2018   In one extremely important way, coal and gas are too variable to be worth considering. We have heard it over and over. People whose thoughts go no deeper than common knowledge make the statement, “The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t …

Renewables Grid Initiative and operating very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems in Germany

Key to a Success Renewable Energy Transition, October 1, 2018, The Beam Olivier Feix is Head of Environmental Protection and Permitting at the German transmission system operator (TSO) 50Hertz, which operates in a region with very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems (RES). He is also Co-Chairman of the Board of the “Renewables Grid Initiative,” of the ‘DialogGesellschaft’ and …

A Big Week For Reshaping the Electric Grid with EVs

September 14, 2018 by Lisa Cohn on Microgrid Knowledge EV programs may soon come to a grid near you as states continue to expand and refine charging efforts. Here’s a look at some big moves this week in California, Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts okays one of largest EV programs In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Utilities on September 10 okayed a $25 …

Xcel eMotorWerks pilot provides Vehicle to Grid support for peak demand

By Peter Maloney, “EMotorWerks provides CAISO with 30 MW of DR through smart EV charging,” on Utility Dive, Sept 12, 2018 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/emotorwerks-provides-caiso-with-30-mw-of-dr-through-smart-ev-charging/532110/ Enel X’s eMotorWerks subsidiary is rolling out its smart grid electric vehicle (EV) charger as a virtual battery that can participate as a demand response resource in the California wholesale power market. Over the last year or so, Enel X …

Coal-Killing Energy Storage Grows By 200% In US

September 10th, 2018 by Tina Casey by Clean Technica  File this one under O for Oops, Never Saw That One Coming. President* Trump campaigned on a promise to save coal jobs in the US, but he missed that thing about the potential for explosive growth in the energy storage market. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and that spells bad news …