03. April 2016 · Comments Off on Smart Grid Home Area Network (HAN) Market to 2019 – Global Market Size to Grow at a CAGR of 15.1% Till 2019 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart Grid Home Area Network (HAN) is a network of energy management devices, consumer electronics, signal-controlled appliances, and applications within a home. It is the communication capability within a home. HAN specifications include Zigbee, HomePlug, Z-Wave, and Wireless M-Bus. Instead of a network of servers and computers, HAN connects devices that are capable of sending and receiving signals from a meter, in-home displays, and HEM applications. The global smart grid HAN market to grow at a CAGR of 15.1% over the period 2014-2019.

Source: Smart Grid Home Area Network (HAN) Market to 2019 – Global Market Size to Grow at a CAGR of 15.1% Till 2019 – Press Release – Digital Journal

18. March 2016 · Comments Off on Residential Solar Energy Storage Forecast: Big Growth · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The US Energy Storage Market for Residential Solar and Commercial Solar is poised to grow significantly over the next five years according to a recently published research report by GTM Research/ESA U.S. Energy Storage Monitor. Total US energy storage deployments grew 243% between 2014 to 2015; from 65 MW to 221 MW, and represents just the beginning of what is forecast to be a strong period of growth. Behind the meter storage (i.e. not a utility company) grew almost five times in the last four years (see chart).

Source: Residential Solar Energy Storage Forecast: Big Growth

28. January 2016 · Comments Off on Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling (Justices Thomas and Scalia dissenting, Alito abstaining) firmly establishes an economic equivalency between actions that take place on the customer side of the meter with those that take place in wholesale electric markets. Which means that suppliers of demand response, energy efficiency and different types of electric storage can feel much more confident in their economic future.

Source: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid – Forbes

21. October 2015 · Comments Off on ESNA: Visionaries, pioneers in energy storage · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Energy Storage North America (ESNA) has announced the winners of its 2015 Innovation Awards, which recognize excellence in installed energy storage projects across the categories of centralized storage, distributed storage and mobility.California State University Fullerton. Credit: Arnold C {Buchanan-Hermit}/Wikimedia CommonsFor the second year in a row, Green Charge Networks won the 2015 ESNA Innovation Award — this year, for its 20 MWh California Schools and Utility Trust program, a scalable economic model serving the needs for both sides of the meter.

Source: ESNA: Visionaries, pioneers in energy storage – SmartGridNews

11. August 2015 · Comments Off on British Gas deploys 1.5m smart meters and trials app  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the UK, one of the Big Six energy suppliers involved in the UK smart meter rollout has confirmed it has installed 1.5 million units. Gas and electricity supplier British Gas has installed 500,000 units since June 2014, some of which are offering time-of-use tariffs.

Source: British Gas deploys 1.5m smart meters and trials app | Metering.com

03. June 2015 · Comments Off on New Storage Technologies Open Doors For Wind And Solar  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

On April 30, 2015, Tesla Motors unveiled its Powerwall and Powerpack lithium ion batteries for homes and utility-scale applications, which could facilitate an increased role for wind and solar energy resources that have so far been limited by a need for storage options to address the intermittent nature of their generation. Recent studies from GTM Research and ESA project the United States deploy 220 MW of energy storage in 2015, more than three times the 2014 level (Figure 1). In 2014, the U.S. energy storage market accounted for $128M from an installed 61.9 MW, approximately 40 percent above the 2013 level. Ninety percent of the new 2014 storage capacity was in front of the meter, while the remainder was behind the meter at residential and non-residential sites, reflecting a burgeoning demand for utility-scale energy storage technologies. By 2019, energy storage is projected to represent a 861 MW annual market valued at $1.5B, with behind-the-meter storage accounting for 45 percent of overall storage market.

Source: New Storage Technologies Open Doors For Wind And Solar « Breaking Energy – Energy industry news, analysis, and commentary

17. March 2015 · Comments Off on U.S. energy storage market growing fast · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The U.S. energy storage market grew more than 40 percent in 2014, according to a joint research partnership between GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). Over the course of the year, 180 storage installations came online, representing 61.9 megawatts of capacity — up from 44.2 megawatts in 2013.

Ninety percent of new U.S. energy storage capacity was in front of the meter, while 10 percent was behind the meter at residential or non-residential (commercial, education, military or non-profit) sites, according to the energy storage report; however, both behind-the-meter segments saw a drastic increase in deployments in the fourth quarter of 2014.

via U.S. energy storage market growing fast – FierceEnergy.

12. February 2015 · Comments Off on Can Microinverters Stabilize Hawaii’s Shaky Grid? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Hawaii leads the nation in rooftop solar penetration, with nearly one in nine customers, a total of about 51,000, tying their PV systems into the state’s island power grids. About three-fifths of those Hawaiian solar systems use microinverters from Enphase, the company that leads the market for DC-to-AC devices that sit at the solar panels themselves, rather than in one big box next to the power meter.

via Hawaii Electrical Grid Stability Technology | The Energy Collective.

11. December 2014 · Comments Off on Michigan utilities: Smart money on smart meters · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Utility companies across Michigan are using digital smart-grid meters to locate power outages, resolve power problems and gather more accurate readings.

The meters at homes and businesses are connected by a cellular power line to the utilities. The utilities can signal the meter for information and it will send data back.

It’s a growing phenomenon.

via Michigan utilities: Smart money on smart meters | Great Lakes Echo.

15. August 2014 · Comments Off on Siemens Gets Nationwide Test for Demand Response Software · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For the past few years, grid giants including Siemens, GE, Alstom, Toshiba and Schneider Electric have been working on demand response management systems — technology platforms to integrate smart grid technologies with energy assets on the customer side of the meter. In general, they’ve taken grid-focused, utility-centric approaches to this challenge, as befits their roles as suppliers to the utility industry.

via Siemens Gets Nationwide Test for Demand Response Software : Greentech Media.