Julia Hamm reflects on 20 years with SEPA and the ways in which the sector and organization have changed. When I started in 1999, SEPA wasn’t the Smart Electric Power Alliance: it was the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (UPVG) before becoming the Solar Electric Power Association (version 1.0 of the SEPA acronym) in 2000. At the...
Grid Scale

National Grid yesterday unveiled what it says is one of the largest battery energy storage resources in the Northeast United States. Built on the island of Nantucket, in Massachusetts, the 6 megawatt (MW)/48 megawatt-hour (MWh) Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) built and installed by Tesla will help ensure electric reliability for customers during peak summer...

Connectedness. Community. Security. From a human point of view, those are things most humans want. This is no different when it comes to our energy desires. Microgrids are defined as a localized, interconnected group of electricity sources, whether linked to the greater grid or in separated mode. No man is an island, it’s been said,...

DISTRIBUTECH International, the event that showcases the future of energy delivery, is proud to announce three strategic partnerships with leading solar industry stakeholders. Each organization will enhance the event, which takes place January 27-30, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, by bringing more solar content, exhibitors and networking to the show. Utilities flock to DISTRIBUTECH International...
Energy Efficiency

California’s energy storage incentive program has been a great success, with more than 11,000 battery storage systems installed to-date. The problem is, it’s not reaching the state’s most vulnerable communities. A new proposal from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) aims to fix some of the barriers preventing disadvantaged communities from participating in the program, and it allocates $100 million to a new program designed to offset the cost of battery storage systems for populations threatened by wildfires and related utility power shutoffs.

Global demand for air-conditioning is projected to triple over the next 30 years, as the planet warms and urban populations grow, particularly in emerging markets. Meeting that demand will call for significant investments in new cooling infrastructure and the electrical generating capacity necessary to power it. Although traditional cooling technologies are expected to become more efficient in coming years, countries will need to plan for these additional loads, which will be expensive. Emerging markets can also make use of district cooling, an approach that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of six Middle Eastern countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman — have successfully adopted.

Energy generation and consumption is rapidly transforming into a decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized model due to a number of market forces. The declining costs of solar energy systems, as well as the increasing price of energy from the grid has led to grid parity. This has caused PV proliferation to accelerate to such an extent that in the past five years alone, PV installed capacity has increased by 300%. Simultaneously, the EV market is also on the rise and is expected to reach the electrification tipping point by 2030. This is due to support from governments trying to limit the effects of climate change, thus leading to automotive manufactures transitioning their fleets from standard petrol- and diesel-powered cars to EVs. As a result of the acceleration of both of these markets, EV charging has created demand patterns causing an even steeper and faster ramp-up in the evenings than the PV duck curve. , This is causing the grid’s balancing act to be increasingly complex. In order to support this new energy dynamic, advanced management software is required to ensure grid stabilization and to unlock the value of these energy resources.