Zero-carbon grids are set to power the #FutureFaster

By Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition “There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost”. That’s the conclusion of Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who led a recent study in the rollout of …

Coal & Gas Are Too Variable To Be Worth Considering 

By George Harvey, Coal and Gas Are Too Variable to Be Worth Considering on Clean Technica, October 1st, 2018   In one extremely important way, coal and gas are too variable to be worth considering. We have heard it over and over. People whose thoughts go no deeper than common knowledge make the statement, “The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t …

Renewables Grid Initiative and operating very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems in Germany

Key to a Success Renewable Energy Transition, October 1, 2018, The Beam Olivier Feix is Head of Environmental Protection and Permitting at the German transmission system operator (TSO) 50Hertz, which operates in a region with very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems (RES). He is also Co-Chairman of the Board of the “Renewables Grid Initiative,” of the ‘DialogGesellschaft’ and …

A Big Week For Reshaping the Electric Grid with EVs

September 14, 2018 by Lisa Cohn on Microgrid Knowledge EV programs may soon come to a grid near you as states continue to expand and refine charging efforts. Here’s a look at some big moves this week in California, Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts okays one of largest EV programs In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Utilities on September 10 okayed a $25 …

Xcel eMotorWerks pilot provides Vehicle to Grid support for peak demand

By Peter Maloney, “EMotorWerks provides CAISO with 30 MW of DR through smart EV charging,” on Utility Dive, Sept 12, 2018 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/emotorwerks-provides-caiso-with-30-mw-of-dr-through-smart-ev-charging/532110/ Enel X’s eMotorWerks subsidiary is rolling out its smart grid electric vehicle (EV) charger as a virtual battery that can participate as a demand response resource in the California wholesale power market. Over the last year or so, Enel X …

Coal-Killing Energy Storage Grows By 200% In US

September 10th, 2018 by Tina Casey by Clean Technica  File this one under O for Oops, Never Saw That One Coming. President* Trump campaigned on a promise to save coal jobs in the US, but he missed that thing about the potential for explosive growth in the energy storage market. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and that spells bad news …

NREL Analysts Take a First Look at the Florida Duck Curve—and How Flexibility Could Help

New analysis examines how solar deployment may impact grid operations in Florida, an understudied but important market. September 12, 2018 It’s been a decade since NREL discovered what’s now known as the “duck curve” when looking at how future deployment of variable solar might impact California’s power system. These days, NREL analysts are drawing upon data and experience from the Golden State …

Actionable strategy for utility reform

“E–Lab aims to inspire and support change agents in the US electricity sector,” said Coreina Chan, a principal at RMI who oversees e–Lab. “We are helping to create the most critical concepts and tests with the most critical people in the industry. We’ll be hosting representatives from utilities large and small, regulatory agencies, technology providers, investors, customer voices and others who are coming together …

Looking ahead to a really severe duck curve, what are the most effective solutions? Learning to make “baseload” power plants more flexible

Excerpt, Learning to make “baseload” power plants more flexible, Vox.com Aug 2018 David Roberts When you look ahead 10 years to a really severe duck curve, what do you see as the most effective solutions? Paul Denholm: A lot of people in the industry use this concept of a “flexibility supply curve,” which is you deploy the most cost-effective flexibility option …