Customer-sited energy storage is evolving into a market reality in California. The core Green Charge business is providing smart energy storage for the CAISO market, which allows commercial-industrial utility customers to lower peak demand usage and peak demand charges that drive up electricity bills. Storing electricity during its least expensive periods and releasing it during higher priced peak periods allows Green Charge to both reduce customer volumetric charges and reduce their highest 15-minute period usage. That in turn lowers their peak demand charge.
Consolidated Edison uses portable diesel generation when it needs dispatachable power on site, but the utility and New York as a whole are looking for cleaner and more efficient ways to supply power. The pilot project with Canadian-based manufacturer Electrovaya is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s smart grid program as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding.
Many in the DR and smart grid community have worked hard to give demand response a standing equal to traditional energy efficiency, and to have the words “demand response” be the third thing that falls off the lips of policymakers and others when they are talking about efficiency and renewable energy.The good news is that this is now happening. It means that DR has truly arrived (forget for the moment the court threats; DR will not die a legal death no matter what SCOTUS decides). It means that people finally “get” DR.
The largest smart grid project in the country is winding down, its participants just beginning to sift through five years of lessons learned, but one thing has become very clear: It’s all about the data.The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration kicked off in 2010 with an impressive array of stats: five states involved, 60,000 metered customers, 11 utilities and a $178 million budget. The plan called for a broad range of projects to be equally funded by participants and the U.S. Department of Energy, individually testing out ideas and concepts while working jointly to see if a regional smart grid could reduce energy use and improve reliability.
DistribuTECH 2015 is officially over, and according to the people we’ve spoken to this week, the takeaway is a bit different this year. While specific technologies have dominated past conferences, this year it was less about the devices and more about how utilities use them best. Doing that demands that utilities consider not just what they put on the grid, but how their workforces operate and integrate those technologies.
ComEd said it will be the first utility to offer Bidgely’s newest home energy management technology to customers, providing them with personalized energy reports detailing how and when they use energy in their home. Bidgely’s HomeBeat Energy Monitor allows the utility to offer real-time energy insights like high-usage alerts via mobile push notifications within minutes of use.
The proposed Clean Charge Network would be the largest in the country, and is designed to be sufficiently-dense to alleviate customers “range anxiety” — the idea that electric vehicles do not have sufficient batteries or charging options to make them viable options in some areas.
Can you guess what’s keeping utility executives up at night?
It’s old age — the age of a century-old power grid that’s not always up to the task of reliably integrating high levels of renewables and distributed energy resources. It’s the age of a utility workforce that’s closer to retirement than the other way around. And it’s the age of a regulatory model that never accounted for the market forces we’re seeing today.
Pacific Gas & Electric is crediting smart grid technology for helping quickly return power to about a half million customers who were offline following strong storms which hit the west coast last week.
Now Utility Dive is out with a meandering article that highlights some of the search giant’s other energy plays. Add them all together, and it’s hard to avoid the feeling that Google intends to get into energy in a big way