Power Companies’ Mistakes Can Cost Billions. Who Should Pay?

Utilities say they must be shielded from liability or the electric grid will suffer. Critics say that puts the burden on ratepayers, not investors. By Ivan Penn, New York Times, June 14, 2018   FALLBROOK, Calif. — After flames rolled over the hills north of San Diego and engulfed vineyards, avocado groves and neighborhoods, hundreds in this area were left with only the …

Hawaii legislature backs microgrids for enhancing community and grid resilience after lava mangles utility equipment

June 1, 2018 By Lisa Cohn Microgrid Knowledge Following the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii’s Big Island — where poles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed by lava — both Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO) and the state are moving toward boosting microgrid development. The eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano began May 3 on the Big Island and continue, with lava mangling utility-owned electrical …

Utility PG&E to test price signals, load management strategies in EV charging program

Excerpt from Utility Dive, April 2018 As Pacific Gas & Electric begins to roll out electric vehicle charging stations, the utility is focused on how to manage that demand efficiently. On UtilityDive.com by Robert Walton@TeamWetDog, 4 Apr 2018 For the last few years, the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities have been rolling out plans, pilots and ports in their bid to …

Unnecessary complexity? Assessing New York and California’s landmark DER proceedings

By Herman K. Trabish on Utility Dive 4 Apr 2018 The nation-leading New York and California regulatory proceedings to create a marketplace opportunity for renewable and distributed generation have become almost encyclopedic in their complexity. This assessment has been reinforced to Utility Dive by multiple sources, prompting the question: Did it have to be that way? The New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is …

Energy Transition Index (ETI) allows the assessment of 114 countries’ energy systems. Particle emission levels deteriorated in more than 50% of countries and carbon intensity stayed flat

McKinsey and the World Resources Institute. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Fostering_Effective_Energy_Transition_report_2018.pdf The newly developed Energy Transition Index (ETI) allows the assessment of 114 countries’ energy systems within this framework, by providing benchmarks across: System performance: This measures current performance, based on the delivery of the energy system on the imperatives of the energy triangle, namely promoting an energy system that supports inclusive economic development and growth, secure and reliable access to energy, and …

Energy system innovation in NY

 April 3 2018 Launched in August of 2017 by New York State to help implement the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), REV Connect brings solutions providers and New York’s six investor-owned utilities together to accelerate innovation, develop new business models, and deliver value to all energy consumers. REV Connect makes this possible through online idea submissions that are shared …

V2X: New project trials EV to building energy storage

 Apr 03, 2018  Priyanka Shrestha on Energy Live News  Image: Shutterstock A new project is trialling the use of electric vehicle (EV) batteries as energy storage for office buildings. ENGIE, Hitachi Europe and Mitsubishi Motors linked the first “vehicle to everything” (V2X) charger to the French utility’s office building in the Dutch city of Zaandam. Hitachi’s V2X charger can not only recharge EVs but also discharge the energy …

Why Is Vehicle-to-Grid Taking So Long to Happen?

One analyst: “It’s not a slam-dunk.” JASON DEIGN MARCH 19, 2018, GTM media Using electric vehicles for grid services isn’t easy. The U.K. launched a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) study last month. But it could still be a long time before the technology goes mainstream. “V2G projects often get stuck in pilot,” admitted Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage firm Moixa Energy, …

Brattle Group outlines how utilities should get America to choose electrification

David Roberts, Vox.com March 2018 says Utilities should be champing at the bit for electrification An America wherein a substantial portion of transportation, heating, and cooling has been electrified is one with lower carbon emissions, more tools in the utility toolbox, greater demand for electricity, and, crucially, a central role for power utilities. “Overall,” Brattle writes, “this presents a very positive business …

EVs can help the grid and flatten demand with time of use incentives

By Dan Murtaugh  and Mark Chediak, Bloomburg February 25, 2018 Electric cars won’t tax grid if they charge at off-peak times Adding EVs to peak power demand reduces environmental benefits It’ll take more than just driving an electric vehicle to save the environment. You’ll have to charge it at the right time, too. Put simply, if the world’s drivers plug in an …