It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants

9.11.19, WORLD CHANGING IDEAS, It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants People could save $29 billion on their electric bills if utilities built new clean energy instead of new natural gas plants. BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company 2 MINUTE READ Clean energy has reached a tipping point: It’s now cheaper to build and use …

EV charging promises a demand response bonanza for utilities, if they can handle it

Aggregated flexible load of high EV penetrations will be lucrative in demand response markets, but for now smaller EV demand gives utilities management practice. Herman K. Trabish, Oct. 18, 2019, Utility/Smart Cities Dive Electric vehicle (EV) charging may eventually offer power systems great load flexibility opportunities, but today’s modest EV penetrations may be more of a challenge than a benefit for …

Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels

Dr Gunnar Luderer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who said the role of electrification in the future is underestimated. “Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels,” he noted. His team’s analysis has found that under 1.5C-consistent pathways, renewable power will be cheaper than energy from oil and gas from 2030, and they set out to find to …

Legislation establishing an Independent System Operator (ISO) to manage the electric transmission grid in Colorado

This document describes an idea of central importance to Colorado’s energy future:  a statewide unified transmission grid managed by a non-profit Independent System Operator (ISO) under a common transmission tariff. The purpose of this document is to explain the concept and attract the attention of one or more legislators who are knowledgeable about energy and might appreciate how transformative a …

Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Puts Businesses in Driver’s Seat of EV Revolution

V2G technologies and their income streams mean businesses more than consumers could drive EV adoption. JOHN PARNELL SEPTEMBER 19, 2019, GTM V2G could mean big money for EV fleet operators. (Shutterstock) 1 Vehicle-to-grid technologies and the income streams they will generate mean businesses — rather than consumers — could become the key driver of EV adoption, according to one U.K. …

Whose Grid? Our Grid! Chicago’s Campaign to Put Electricity Under Public Control

In These Times Sep. 21, 2019, by Alex Schwartz Among the many vendors at the Logan Square Farmers Market on Aug. 18 sat three young people peddling neither organic vegetables, gourmet cheese nor handmade crafts. Instead, they offered liberation from capitalism. Representatives of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) engaged marketgoers in discussions about the campaigns they are involved in, from …

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 …