Storage

With the majority of the country’s workforce at home and most businesses and industries either operating at reduced capacity or temporarily shut down, COVID-19 has reduced electric demand across the board. This unprecedented drop in electricity consumption is reshaping the way the power system operates and forcing grid operators to revise forecasts and expectations for...
Solar

As the human tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, global restrictions to stop the spread of the virus — including stay-at-home orders, business closures and travel prohibitions — may contribute to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The virus has already made an indelible impact on the energy sector: Global energy use is predicted to fall...
DER

FERC should release order on DER Aggregation (DERA). Without a mandate from FERC, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and others will lead the industry with their dual participation models. If FERC storage order 841 is any indication, ISOs need time to work together with their stakeholders on compliance plans. There are three reasons why...
Grid Scale

Southern California has taken a historic step forward to adding battery storage capacity to integrate with renewables and replace gas-fired power generation in its electricity mix. The utility announced Friday that it had signed several contracts totaling 770 MW to enhance grid reliability and respond to potential energy shortfalls in the state. Some of the...
Storage

Technology group Wärtsilä said it is finalizing a 70-MW energy storage and management system project that will participate in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) energy market. The system will be paired with Wärtsilä GEMS platforms to maximize efficiency and add renewables to the grid. The project was booked in late 2019 and aims to...
Solar

City Electric Supply on renewable energy & COVID-19 The massive, two-decade-long growth behind renewable energy looks to level off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be flat for long. Here’s what we know. In mid-January, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasted an addition of 13.5 GW to...
Solar

U.S. developer of solar PV and storage projects, 8minute Solar Energy (8minute), announced the addition of 3 GW in large-scale solar projects to its development pipeline this month. The pipeline now totals 18 GW. The company also announced additional corporate-level funding to develop the pipeline, which will be converted to the company’s new solar-plus-storage power...
Hydropower

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) are asking the Federal Reserve to extend access to short-term debt financing for electric, natural gas and water utilities. A joint letter from FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee and NARUC President Brandon Presley supports a request by the Edison Electric Institute, American...