A decade ago, energy-smart home enthusiasts thought we’d all be obsessively tracking energy markets from specialized terminals placed in every room around our homes.They were right about one thing: We all now have little screens that help us track everything around us. But energy is still at the bottom of the priority list for homeowners.Home energy management is facing a bit of an identity crisis.
The solar rush in America is on. With every company moving as quickly as possible to finish projects before federal tax credits get slashed at the end of 2016, U.S. installation figures aren’t going anywhere but up — at least for the next year and a half. Yet again, the latest quarterly figures from GTM Research and SEIA show unabated growth for utility-scale and small-scale PV projects.
There is no shortage of intelligent digital thermostats on the market today. But security company Alarm.com didn’t feel that any available products integrated with its own security offering in exactly the way it wanted. So the company recently launched its own thermostat to provide another option to its network of dealers.
The ability to track and respond to real-time grid power prices is being programmed into a growing number of grid-edge devices, such as electric-vehicle chargers, smart thermostats and appliances, and behind-the-meter battery control systems. But there’s the price of grid electricity, and then there’s the greenhouse gas emissions profile of grid electricity — and the two are not always the same.
The number of days most federal and state lawmakers have remaining in session before summer break is winding down, sparking a flurry of activity.In Congress, Republicans are advancing legislation that would prevent the U.S. EPA from enforcing carbon limits on states through the Clean Power Plan (CPP). State leaders are also preparing legislation and public comments in anticipation of the final EPA rule, which is expected to be released sometime in August. The National Conference of State Legislatures offers a comprehensive list of state action on the CPP.
Flow battery builder UniEnergy Technologies (UET) has “turned over the keys” to Avista Utilities for the largest capacity flow battery in North America or the EU, according to Russ Weed, VP at UET. The system was officially commissioned on Wednesday, and it now belongs to the utility.
We’re naming names. Here are 20 companies that are transforming the electrical power sector.Experts in the power sector often say that if Thomas Edison were around today, he would easily be able to recognize the American electrical grid, because the design of the system has essentially remained the same for the past 100 years. But that’s starting to change.
The last few months have brought some promising developments for the nascent energy storage industry in Ireland.
The need for energy storage in both the Republic and the North is clear; renewables currently supply 23 percent of all energy, and EU agreements have set a target of 40 percent by 2020 for both territories. With no feed-in tariffs or other incentives in the Republic for self-generation, the market will be dominated by big wind farms.
In its first decade of existence, GridPoint raised nearly $300 million in VC funding, bought a half-dozen smaller startups — and then ousted CEO Peter Corsell, laid off much of its staff, and more or less disappeared from view in the smart grid, EV charging and home energy analytics fields it had sought to command. At that point, many industry observers, including Greentech Media, wrote it off as a has-been from the go-go green technology fundraising days of the prior decade.