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 …

NREL Analysts Take a First Look at the Florida Duck Curve—and How Flexibility Could Help

New analysis examines how solar deployment may impact grid operations in Florida, an understudied but important market. September 12, 2018 It’s been a decade since NREL discovered what’s now known as the “duck curve” when looking at how future deployment of variable solar might impact California’s power system. These days, NREL analysts are drawing upon data and experience from the Golden State …

Actionable strategy for utility reform

“E–Lab aims to inspire and support change agents in the US electricity sector,” said Coreina Chan, a principal at RMI who oversees e–Lab. “We are helping to create the most critical concepts and tests with the most critical people in the industry. We’ll be hosting representatives from utilities large and small, regulatory agencies, technology providers, investors, customer voices and others who are coming together …

Looking ahead to a really severe duck curve, what are the most effective solutions? Learning to make “baseload” power plants more flexible

Excerpt, Learning to make “baseload” power plants more flexible, Vox.com Aug 2018 David Roberts When you look ahead 10 years to a really severe duck curve, what do you see as the most effective solutions? Paul Denholm: A lot of people in the industry use this concept of a “flexibility supply curve,” which is you deploy the most cost-effective flexibility option …

There are numerous ways to add flexibility to the grid

An excerpt from David Roberts, vox.com  There are numerous ways to add flexibility to the grid. In one direction, toward more local solutions, you can “intensify” the grid, adding more storage and other distributed energy technology, creating more microgrids, and bringing more demand under control so it can be shifted to meet variable supply. All these solutions allow existing grids to …

NREL confirms technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India’s grid by 2022.

DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “India can integrate 175 GW of renewable energy into its electricity grid.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 July 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170725122019.htm. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India’s grid by 2022. Working with the Ministry of Power and USAID …

To achieve achieve the Net Zero objective, more entities will need to set carbon-neutral goals and develop pathways toward implementation: 7 Strategies

To achieve achieve the Net Zero objective, more entities will need to set carbon-neutral goals and develop pathways toward implementation. And, due to the extended period of time that emitted GHGs remain in the atmosphere, actions taken earlier will have a higher return on investment. 7 Strategies for Becoming Carbon Neutral If your organization is considering establishing a carbon-neutral goal …

AF has been operating a full EV fleet since 2014, followed by two-year V2G research project that revealed multiple challenges

Los Angeles Air Force Base became the first federal facility to replace its entire general-purpose fleet with plug-in vehicles in a two-year V2G research project February 16, 2018 by Tom Ewing & filed under Features, Infrastructure Features. ChargeDev  Vehicle-to-grid project reveals challenges of the early days   Los Angeles Air Force Base became the first federal facility to replace its entire general-purpose fleet with plug-in vehicles in …