California requires state’s biggest utility to rely on batteries for demand peaks

From Bloomberg: A New Era of Batteries Spells Trouble for Gas in America, By  Mark Chediak January 11, 2018 California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas. The California Public Utilities Commission approved an order Thursday that …

Is Gamification The Solution To Electric Vehicle Load Management?

By Lindsey Hall with FleetCarma, posted January 8, 2018 In Electric Utilities, EV Charging, SmartCharge Rewards Take a look at anyone’s smartphone and you’ll be sure to find at least one app-based game. We are all compelled by the mechanics of games – scoring points, collecting rewards, competing against our friends, or even complete strangers… Gamification takes these principals and applies them in the real world, in order to …

Building and rebuilding efficiently and for resilience

Getting cities right can yield major dividends. For instance, research has shown that investing in compact, connected, and efficient cities could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2 per year by 2030 and generate savings of as much as US$17 trillion by 2050. But many national governments fail to recognize the importance of investing in sustainable urban infrastructure, continuing …

Grid transparency is lowering costs

The most remarkable program strides have been made in access to interconnection information held by the utility, Xcel Energy. Over the last three years, three game-changing tools have been developed that did not exist on day one of the program. Access to this information has aided the garden-siting process and improved the accuracy of the application queue. These tools have significantly reduced …

Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2017

Natural-gas peaker plants may soon be under threat in a very real way. “I can’t see a reason why we should ever build a gas peaker again in the U.S. after, say, 2025,” said Shayle Kann, a senior adviser to GTM Research and Wood Mackenzie, speaking at Greentech Media’s Energy Storage Summit. “If you think about how energystoragestarts to take over …

Behavior change free energy shifts, rooftop solar and EVs save water and cut pollution, and better use of data will optimize the benefits

14 Dec 2017 by Environmental Defense Fund Solar panels and electric vehicles (EVs) are two prime examples of technologies that can help people minimize their environmental footprint, without sacrificing comfort or having to radically change their daily behavior. But the question still remains: How much of an environmental benefit do these technologies actually produce? And, are there actions that owners of these technologies can …

Transportation Electrification Accord

From Utility and Smart Cities Dive, 14 Nov 2017 A group of environmental nonprofit organizations has worked with businesses and other stakeholders to draft the Transportation Electrification Accord which includes principles and guidance for electric transportation. Entities such as the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Honda and Siemens have already signed the accord. The pact offers information and guidance for …

Puerto Rico wants to upgrade its infrastructure, waits for the lights to come back on

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. By John Farrell, 6 Nov 2017, GTM Puerto Rico Capitol Building in downtown San Juan. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of …

sonnen is creating “virtual power stations” by connecting energy storage systems, renewable energy power plants, and consumers to allow prosumers to buy and sell electricity among each other

August 5th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica 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 …

Soaking up excess clean energy supply, managing electricity demand and maintaining consistent voltage on the grid with help from EVs

The following is an excerpt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Choosing the Electric Avenue: Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles report. We’ll be republishing the full report in order to bring more attention to the changing landscape of electric vehicles. Read part one. By John Farrell, Oct 2017 Impact: Improving the Grid Electric vehicles boost demand for electricity. …