Reverse Auctions May Become the Key to Energy Storage Rollout, EDF says. US may need 10K GWh of energy storage – enough to run the entire grid for 10 hours at full capacity

April 25, 2019 By Ken Silverstein, Microgrid Knowledge, Energy Storage Reverse Auctions EDF says that two-thirds renewables electricity mix in the United States may require as much as 10,000 GWh of energy storage – enough to run the entire grid for 10 hours at full capacity. When Xcel Energy conducted a reverse auction in 2018 to help build out its energy storage …

Socialism and the Climate Crisis (2019): DSA chapters around the country are taking a leading role in the fight for energy democracy and a green energy transition.

Take Back the Grid: DSA and the Fight for Energy Democracy:  DSA chapters around the country are taking a leading role in the fight for energy democracy and a green energy transition. by NAFIS HASAN, DALE HARRINGTON, AND WILL SPECK – WINTER 2019 Last September, over-pressurization of natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas resulted in a series of explosions in 40 homes …

Don’t let PG&E’s perfectly good bankruptcy go to waste

The changes needed are: Change the monopoly distribution wires service into an “open-access” distribution system operator. This could be done with little or no disruption to activities and jobs related to PG&E’s transmission and distribution systems. Design distribution system operator rules to discourage utility-owned infrastructure and instead to incentivize desired performance and outcomes. Recognize the crucial role to be played …

Investments in gas are now high risk: the new build costs of clean energy portfolios are falling quickly

RMI’s report, which warned that electricity generators are committing customers and investors to as much as $1 trillion in investments and fuel costs through 2030 in an effort to build new gas-fired plants. But they should consider portfolios of renewable energy and distributed energy instead, said RMI. “Advances in renewable energy and distributed energy resources offer lower rates and emissions-free energy while …

Time of use rates can halve increase in electricity load from EVs. Storage makes the rest a benefit through V2G support

Looking into the future, the most exciting technologies are vehicle-to-grid (V2G), which allows EV batteries to discharge energy to the grid, and smart charging, which uses algorithms to optimize charging times. Implementing these technologies could turn EVs into a valuable asset for the grid — not only would smart charging minimize the negative effects of increased electrical consumption, but V2G …

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation 

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, March 14th, 2019  Creative destruction is one of the fundamental principals of capitalism. In theory, when a business no longer serves the needs of the marketplace, it will be destroyed and replaced by one that does. That’s pretty much what officials in San …

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 …

3 key traits of good climate policy, tackling the problems we have and making a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change

Good climate policy has 3 key traits: It has a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change. It specifically tackles the problems that aren’t already being tackled by the market. It actually gets passed into law. All of that is compatible with a Green New Deal.  In just the past decade, solar power has gone from being uneconomical anywhere on …

Practical and cost-effective ways to reach renewable energy goals in Colorado

From EnergyFreedomCO.org Many Colorado cities have ambitious energy goals but no practical and cost-effective way to reach them. Over one million Coloradans live in cities with the goal of obtaining 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Many large companies also have aggressive renewable energy goals. This paper reviews six possible solutions that would allow cities and large companies …