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 …

Sonnen – Zayed Future Energy Prizewinner and utility of the future?

On Clean Technica August 2017 Highly regarded battery storage firm sonnen was one of the big winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, winning in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) category. I interviewed sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann in January just after the company won the prize. It was a fun interview because of how futuristic sonnen’s vision is and also …

Colorado and the West news August 2017

Thanks to the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization! Water and Birds in the Arid West: Habitats in Decline is intended by the Audubon Society to be the first comprehensive assessment of the complex and vital relationships that exist among birds, water management, and climate change in the Southwest, focused on two of the most imperiled and irreplaceable western ecosystems: the Colorado …

Utilities companies won’t let you sell your own solar power. Why not?

By Kate Aronoff in The Guardian, 2 Aug 2017 The electric utility sector is broken – but the transformation we need will be virtually impossible so long as a handful of wealthy elites are calling the shots  Utilities companies have their sights on ending net-metering: your ability to sell excess power at market rates. Photograph: Rex A new report from the US-based Energy …

Thermoelectric energy at high risk of blackouts with droughts: Water shortages cost India enough energy to power Sri Lanka

By  Tianyi Luo – WRI  July 26, 2017   A power plant in India. Flickr/Vikramdeep Singh India is making great strides to aggressively expand its renewable energy capacity. But the country’s power sector remains highly reliant on thermoelectric plants, with high demand for water for cooling. That means that droughts, like the one caused last year by weak monsoons, can shut off the power, hampering …

Like Exxon, Utilities Knew about Climate Change Risks Decades Ago: A new report shows through documents and testimony how utilities researched climate change and determined in the 1970s that it could force a shift away from coal.

By John Cushman, Inside Climate News, 25 July 2017  The Electric Power Research Institute wrote publicly in 1988 about the growing consensus that the greenhouse effect is real. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images A study issued Tuesday by an energy watchdog group offers important new insights into the fossil fuel industry’s extensive early understanding of climate change and the risks it poses. This …

5 new strategies to design more effective utility DER pilots: A new RMI report uses insights from utility pilots and demonstration projects to form a roadmap for the energy transition

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, July 20, 2017 The journey through the energy transition just got a new roadmap. Regulatory disputes across the country continue to stifle innovation and impede the emergence of new utility business models. But a new paper offers best practices from a variety of utility pilot projects to help regulators and stakeholders sort through the …

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 …

How Do We Get to 100% Renewable Energy? Could be Storage, Storage, Storage

By Mike Jacobs with the Union of Concerned Scientists, 15 June 2017  This post is a part of a series on Clean Energy Momentum As communities, companies, and even entire Midwestern utility companies move to supply 100% of electricity needs from renewable energy, the question presents itself: is this even possible? The answer, it turns out, is yes—and it’s made possible by …