01. March 2016 · Comments Off on Maturing: Utilities transforming energy storage from threat to opportunity · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

While cost-effective advanced energy storage technologies are providing utilities and grid operators new tools to improve system reliability and lower costs, these systems also present risks as relatively new technologies are integrated into existing networks.

Source: Maturing: Utilities transforming energy storage from threat to opportunity – SmartGridNews

28. January 2016 · Comments Off on Illinois Moves Up to #2 in the Nation for Electrical Grid Modernization · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In 2015 ComEd achieved record reliability for a third year in a row, much of it due to smart grid work begun in 2012. This modernization work, along with ComEd’s focus on customer engagement, helped position Illinois as the second in nation in the 2015 Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The report, produced by the GridWise® Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center, evaluates and ranks states based on their progress in modernizing their electric systems with smart grid technologies. The GMI applies a clearly defined set of criteria to evaluate the progress of state grid modernization efforts in three key areas: policy, customer engagement and grid operations.

Source: Illinois Moves Up to #2 in the Nation for Electrical Grid Modernization | Business Wire

13. October 2015 · Comments Off on NEC Energy Solutions Partners With Eos Energy Storage To Bring Revolutionary Energy Storage Product to Market · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

NEC Energy Solutions (“NEC ES”), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Eos Energy Storage LLC (“Eos”) to develop next-generation energy storage solutions based on Eos’s Znyth™ zinc hybrid cathode battery chemistry and its Aurora DC battery system. NEC ES will collaborate with Eos to provide a complete GSS™ (grid storage solution), which includes DC battery systems, power conversion systems, controls hardware, the NEC ES AEROS® controls software suite as well as service and maintenance packages.With a strong reputation for safety, reliability and speed of installation, the GSS™ is one of the most widely deployed grid energy storage solutions in the world with over 120MW installed. In the largest deployed sites, exceptional commercial reliability is being achieved with availability factors of over 99%. The GSS™ can also be rapidly deployed and put into commercial operation within six weeks of equipment delivery on-site.

Source: NEC Energy Solutions Partners With Eos Energy Storage To Bring Revolutionary Energy… — WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

03. July 2015 · Comments Off on Living Proof: High levels of renewables can be part of the grid  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

High penetrations of variable renewable generation can be manageable without compromising reliability. In fact, it’s been proven in Texas and Colorado.

A new report conducted by the Brattle Group for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI) finds that high penetration levels of renewable generation are not only technically feasible but are already being managed in these states without sacrificing electric reliability — suggesting that an increasing share of renewable energy can be integrated into the nationwide electricity system going forward.

Source: Living Proof: High levels of renewables can be part of the grid – FierceEnergy

12. June 2015 · Comments Off on Living Proof: High levels of renewables can be part of the grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

High penetrations of variable renewable generation can be manageable without compromising reliability. In fact, it’s been proven in Texas and Colorado.

A new report conducted by the Brattle Group for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI) finds that high penetration levels of renewable generation are not only technically feasible but are already being managed in these states without sacrificing electric reliability — suggesting that an increasing share of renewable energy can be integrated into the nationwide electricity system going forward.

Source: Living Proof: High levels of renewables can be part of the grid – FierceEnergy

05. March 2015 · Comments Off on SDG&E Receives $5 Million Grant to Expand Borrego Springs Microgrid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The California Energy Commission recently awarded San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a nearly $5 million grant to expand the innovative Borrego Springs microgrid. The grant will allow the microgrid to use the nearby 26-megawatt Borrego Solar facility to power the entire community, making this one of the nation’s largest microgrids that can operate solely on renewable energy. In addition to bringing in more clean power, the funding will be used to increase the size of the microgrid to service all of Borrego Springs, further enhancing local reliability and reducing the duration of power outages.

via SDG&E Receives $5 Million Grant to Expand Borrego Springs Microgrid.

16. December 2014 · Comments Off on What was the biggest power breakthrough in the last 100 years? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A lot of things have changed. It used to be that utilities talked about outages and reliability. Now they talk about branding and social media—and outages and reliability. OK. So maybe we haven’t totally changed. There’s certainly been evolution, but there’s also a solid base underneath all that new growth.

So, we knocked on a few doors and asked about that solid base—the industry a-ha moments that defined the last century. What are the biggest, most powerful elements in the equation? We’ve separated these answers into three parts. This section is part one. Stay tuned for parts two and three in the upcoming weeks into 2015.

via What was the biggest power breakthrough in the last 100 years? | Intelligent Utility.

06. October 2014 · Comments Off on Cybersecurity and the Smarter Grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Reliability remains a fundamental principle of grid modernization efforts, but in today’s world, reliability requires cybersecurity. This article discusses energy sector partnerships that are designing cybersecurity into the smart grid with the vision of surviving a cyber-incident while sustaining critical energy delivery functions.

via Cybersecurity and the Smarter Grid.

21. August 2014 · Comments Off on USDA Loans Funding Rural Utilities’ Smart Grid Improvements · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

Rural electric systems in eight states will benefit from $236.3 million in USDA loan guarantees to help them modernize and improve reliability, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 16. Nearly $20 million of the money will fund smart grid improvements, according to the agency’s news release.

via USDA Loans Funding Rural Utilities’ Smart Grid Improvements — Environmental Protection.

21. August 2014 · Comments Off on Modernizing rural electric infrastructure · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $236.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states. A modern, reliable electric system is critical to attract and retain residents and businesses to rural communities.

via Modernizing rural electric infrastructure – FierceSmartGrid.