15. October 2015 · Comments Off on Green Charge Networks to bring aggregated energy storage into CAISO market · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Green Charge Networks to bring aggregated energy storage into CAISO market | Utility Dive

20. September 2015 · Comments Off on ConEd turns to batteries over diesel for portable power support · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: ConEd turns to batteries over diesel for portable power support | Utility Dive

06. May 2015 · Comments Off on If you stick an “E” in DR, what do you have?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: If you stick an “E” in DR, what do you have? | Utility Dive

28. April 2015 · Comments Off on How a smart grid project is pushing Northwest utilities to innovate · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: How a smart grid project is pushing Northwest utilities to innovate | Utility Dive

11. February 2015 · Comments Off on DistribuTECH 2015: What’s the killer app for the smart grid? There isn’t one. · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

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.

via DistribuTECH 2015: What’s the killer app for the smart grid? There isn’t one. | Utility Dive.

10. February 2015 · Comments Off on ComEd, Bidgely partner on home energy management pilot · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

via ComEd, Bidgely partner on home energy management pilot | Utility Dive.

05. February 2015 · Comments Off on KCP&L plans largest utility-owned electric vehicle charging network in U.S. · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

via KCP&L plans largest utility-owned electric vehicle charging network in U.S. | Utility Dive.

03. February 2015 · Comments Off on What utility execs think the future holds · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

via What utility execs think the future holds | Utility Dive.

22. December 2014 · Comments Off on PG&E: Smart grid helped speed storm recovery · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

via PG&E: Smart grid helped speed storm recovery | Utility Dive.

14. February 2014 · Comments Off on Google’s march to become an energy company · Categories: News · Tags: ,

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

via Smart Grid: Google’s march to become an energy company.