Virtual power plant: Sunrun and OATI will provide grid stability, earn compensation from Hawaiian Electric for managing and dispatching networked home solar and battery-stored energy to the grid

Clean Technica, Sept 2019 Sunrun, the United States’ leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company, announced last week that it intends to participate in Hawaiian Electric Company’s emerging grid services market by delivering electricity from a virtual power plant made up of home solar and batteries. Sunrun Brightbox setupImage Credit: Sunrun The virtual power plant will deliver electricity to …

Planning for distributed renewable energy

Gridworks excerpt: California’s AB327 added a new section to the Public Utilities Code, Sec. 769, to require utilities to submit to the commission by July 1, 2015, a distribution resources plan proposal, to identify optimal locations for the deployment of distributed resources.  Further, these plans should form the basis for utility investment requests in future general rate cases.  The bill …

From the Bottom Up, Designing a Decentralized Power System: Autonomous Energy Grids (AEG) are an effort to ensure the grid of the future can manage a growing base of intelligent energy devices, variable renewable energy, and advanced controls

“The future grid will be much more distributed and too complex to control with today’s techniques and technologies,” said Benjamin Kroposki, director of NREL’s Power Systems Engineering Center. “We need a path to get there—to reach the potential of all these new technologies integrating into the power system.” The AEG effort envisions a self-driving power system—a very “aware” network of …

sonnen & Wasatch Group Launch Largest Residential Virtual Power Plant At 12.6 MWh August 27th, 2019 by Kyle Field, Clean Technica  A new community of apartments in Herriman, Utah is being built from the ground up with a next generation energy storage system thanks to 12.6 megawatt-hours of sonnen’s ecoLinx battery systems. The new system will aggregate the energy storage and power …

Maine discusses legislation that would purchase the state’s two investor owned utilities (IOUs) and move instead toward a customer-owned utility model. Meanwhile Chicago explores municipalization.

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive, March 18, 2019 Maine lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to eliminate gross metering in the state and reestablish net metering for solar customers, sending it to Gov. Janet Mills, D, for likely signature. The bill restores “decades old policy of net metering” which was “rolled back in a very awkward fashion” under the previous administration, said …

Bernie Sanders’ plan calls to seize public production of power

The for-profit companies that reign over our energy system now have shown no meaningful sign of being willing to transform our energy system; they are much more interested in shareholder gains and business as usual. Together, for-profit utilities and fossil fuel companies have created powerful political-economic machines across the country to solidify the status quo of extraction and extortion. In contrast, democratic public …

A household-scale virtual power plant has arrived

Aiming for 70% clean energy by 2030, Colorado’s Holy Cross Energy is piloting a household-scale virtual power plant technology that will help integrate more rooftop solar and storage. A device in each home optimizes provision of power to the grid, as well as grid services. Four Colorado homes with solar plus storage are now operating as virtual power plants.  In …

Zero carbon transport shift could save billions – report

“EVs will not crash our power grids, as some people misleadingly report. On the contrary, Batteries on Wheels shows that EVs can spare Europe’s grids from costly upgrades and allow more renewables to come online faster. But for this to happen, Europe’s governments have to set up systems for EVs to be charged at the right time of the day, …

Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the US? No eminent domain for electricity

One man’s failed attempt to build a transmission line illustrates a unique American obstacle to clean energy.By Peter R. Orszag July 10, 2019, Bloomberg, “Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the U.S. “ Peter R. Orszag is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is the chief executive officer of financial advisory at Lazard. He was director of the Office of Management …