Utility Integration

A common question for renewable developers interconnecting to a transmission system is whether they should pay more and procure a network resource interconnection service (NRIS) or pay less for energy resource interconnection service (ERIS)? The difference is this: A network service reserves transmission capacity on the grid for the renewable developer whereas an energy service...
Rooftop

[first published 8/4 and updated 8/7 with Vote Solar comments] Cost-shift to non-solar customers is at least $25M annually, study adds. Yesterday, Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) – an energy consulting firm commissioned by SMUD to study the value of solar in its service territory – released an independent study that evaluated the true value...
Utility Scale

Yesterday, Enel Green Power announced that it had started construction of the Lily solar + storage project, its first hybrid project in North America that integrates a renewable energy plant with utility-scale battery storage. Located southeast of Dallas in Kaufman County, Texas, the Lily solar + storage project comprises a 146 MWac photovoltaic (PV) facility...
DER

Kiwi Power, a UK-based energy technology company, is bringing its distributed energy resource (DER) optimization technology and expertise to ENGIE North America. Kiwi Power’s project with ENGIE North America is now operational in Texas, delivering price-based trading and demand response activities for ENGIE North America in the ERCOT market. Part of a larger deployment between...
DER

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) left it up to states to “opt-out” of retail demand response participation in wholesale energy markets. Therefore, we see a state like Illinois in Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) allows third-party aggregators to participate in MISO markets, and a state like Minnesota does not allow aggregators. With the increasing penetration...
Solar

Date: August 16-18, 2020 Venue: China Import & Export Fair Complex Address: No. 380, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China Website: http://pvguangzhou.com/index.php?lang=en With gathering the foremost solar photovoltaic brands in China, Solar PV World Expo, one of the largest and most influential PV trade shows in China, is a strategic platform not only for domestic and...
Blogs

Solar energy is figuring prominently in MISO utilities’ integrated resource plans. Recent announcements from MISO north region utility – Xcel Energy, and south region utility – Lafayette Utilities — show that both are considering utility-scale and distributed solar in meeting their future capacity needs. This solar capacity need is good news for solar developers. However,...
Storage

No doubt, distributed energy resources (DER) are here to stay. The shift from stationary power to distributed generation is forcing the energy industry to come up with new methods to measure the value of DER. People generally refer to the “stacked” benefits of DER because there are multiple different benefits — to different entities —...