How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

Roughly half of the wires in the US are used at less than 25% of their capacity. For a fraction of the cost of new transmission line, we can ID network capacity based on real-time conditions and intelligently reroute power on more efficient pathways– smartly, and inexpensively, make the most of what we already have.

Utilities aren’t rewarded for saving money….Grid-enhancing technologies are the anti-big-investment: For a fraction of the cost of a new transmission line, they identify network capacity based on real-time conditions and intelligently reroute power on more efficient pathways than it otherwise naturally flows. They smartly, and inexpensively, make the most of what we already have. FERC now has a chance to …

How a Plan to Save the Power System Disappeared

A federal lab found a way to modernize the grid, reduce reliance on coal, and save consumers billions. Then Trump appointees blocked it. How a federal lab’s study outlining the massive potential benefits of stronger connections between regional power grids ignited a political firestorm within the Trump administration, which prohibited the authors from presenting or even discussing their work outside …

The US has more power outages than any other developed country. Here’s why.

Our grid is outdated and rundown, but utilities aren’t willing to do much about it. By Ula Chrobak August 17, 2020 “What we’ve seen time and time again is that utilities effectively charge ratepayers for maintenance and then delay that maintenance. And instead, they prioritize shareholder dividends.” Microgrids may be part of the solution, too. These systems are fed by distributed sources, …

Who should be able to own and operate rooftop solar systems

The rapid growth of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can pose a number of financial challenges for both electric utility shareholders and their customers. One potential pathway to resolving those concerns involves allowing utilities to own and operate rooftop solar systems. However, the financial impacts of this business model are not well understood. In a new study published in the …

Pepco Considers Non-Wires Alternatives, Issues RFI

August 17, 2020 By Ethan Howland Microgrid Knowledge Pepco is seeking information on possible non-wires alternatives, such as distributed energy resources, to meet a looming constraint on its distribution system in Washington, DC. By ART STOCK CREATIVE/Shutterstock.com The request for information (RFI) grew out of the PowerPath DC grid modernization effort launched by the district’s utility commission in January. PowerPath DC includes …

Air pollution is a driver of residential electricity demand, study finds

Science Daily, August 17, 2020 A new study reveals that households respond to ambient air pollution by increasing electricity consumption, which in turn increases the carbon emissions that are co-produced in supplying the electricity. A study conducted by Associate Professor Alberto Salvo from the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences …

The Azores will become a testing ground for electric mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

 AUGUST 04, 2020, by TZVETOZAR VINCENT IOLOV Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Azores Islands Autonomous Government, inaugurated a pilot project called ‘Energia sobre Rodas – V2G Açores’ (Energy on Wheels – V2G Azores) yesterday during a visit in São Miguel. This multi-partner initiative is part of a wider governmental policy which wants to see the Atlantic archipelago at the forefront of …

Solar pushing coal offline in Texas and to seasonal operation in Minnesota. Being examined in Missouri and Indiana.

July 17th, 2020 by Johnna Crider on Clean Technica. In Texas, solar will soon push most of the remaining coal fleet offline, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). IEEFA’s recent report, Solar Surge Set to Drive Much of Remaining Texas Coal-Fire Fleet Offline, shared that this is largely due to the growth in utility-scale PV production and how it’s rapidly changing the …