Morgan Stanley says the low prices of wind, solar, and grid/battery storage is making “peaker” plants uneconomical

August 16th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica. Source: Forbes   A new report authored by Stephen Byrd, a utility and cleantech analyst at Morgan Stanley, and Adam Jonas, its auto analyst, shows that they are bullish on the market for grid storage products. “Demand for energy storage from the utility sector will grow more than the market anticipates by 2019–2020,” the pair says. They predict …

Distributed energy sources can reduce cost of electricity up to 50%, study says: Traditional grids will have to change. Modeling can help find the best way forward.

By Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 18 July 2017 Dramatic changes are coming to the old power grid. As infrastructure ages and policy dictates a move away from fossil fuels, utilities and governments are looking at Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) as potential alternatives to continually building out a centralized grid. DERs include all kinds of hardware that the utility may not necessarily own …

It’s always windy somewhere: Europe seeks to balance renewables. Harnessing wind in the Balkans and Scandinavia would get there

Ars Technica, By John Timmer, 18 July 2017 Renewable power sources’ intermittency could eventually cause problems as our electric grids become increasingly reliant on them. While it’s always sunny somewhere, and always windy somewhere (often somewhere else), relying on weather variations for generating consistent power means integrating power sources across a large geographic region. Many countries, including several leaders in …

Extreme Heat Waves Will Change How We Live. We’re Not Ready

By Justin Worland, Time Magazine, 23 June 2017 Extreme heat struck across the Southwest U.S. this week, sending temperatures in Phoenix soaring to near 120°F and grounding airplanes that were unable to operate in such warm weather. Heat waves are nothing new, but they have increased in frequency and severity in recent decades as a result of climate change. And …

Managing EV charging so electric cars can stabilize the grid – a test in California

BMW & utility PG&E experiment shows how electric vehicles can support the grid during periods of peak demand. By Leslie Kaufman, Inside Climate News, 28 June 2017  “The overall lesson is we can use resources likes electric vehicles to help support the grid during times of peak use,” said PG&E spokesman Ari Vanrenen. Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns/CC-BY-2.0 In an important real-world test …

The grid is ready for renewables

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to issue a report saying renewables pose a threat to the electricity grid. But the truth is that advances in technology and battery storage are making the grid ever-more capable of accommodating wind and solar power. By Jacques Leslie, Yale 360, 5 July 2017 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will soon release …

Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar

Really good news, initially published in The Guardian, 22 Feb 2017.  Pilot program will allow homeowners to tap into a network of ‘virtual’ power stations made up of smart grids of rooftop solar and batteries.   Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy …

Fossil fuel use could peak by 2020 as renewables become cheaper, if policy follows

According to fossil fuel companies, the world will continue to rely on their products for decades. They even have sophisticated scenarios, outlooks and modelling to prove it. What if they are wrong? New analysis published today by the Carbon Tracker Initiative and Imperial College’s Grantham Institute suggests global demand for fossil fuels could peak by 2020. The power sector would …