Storage

In 2018, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission rejected six out of seven performance incentive mechanisms (PIMs) included in a settlement agreement proposed by the state’s primary utility and a diverse coalition of stakeholder interests, from environmental groups to the state energy office. The joint proposal included new incentives for the utility to install energy...
Utility Scale

This week, EDF Renewables North America announced the signing of a 22-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with NV Energy, for a 200-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project along with a 180 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The Chuckwalla solar+storage project, located on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation, in Clark County, Nevada, is expected to...
Storage

Utility-scale battery storage took a major jump forward this month as Pacific Gas & Electric and Tesla began construction on a 182.5-MW lithium ion system in Monterey County, California. PG&E will own the facility at its substation in Moss Landing, but the design, construction and maintenance operations will be joint effort both by the San...
Vehicle to grid

Venkat Viswanathan, Carnegie Mellon University; Alexander Bills, Carnegie Mellon University, and Shashank Sripad, Carnegie Mellon University Electric vehicle sales have grown exponentially in recent years, accompanied by dropping prices. However, adoption of EVs remains limited by their higher sticker price relative to comparable gas vehicles, even though overall cost of ownership for EVs is lower....
Storage

The results of Liberty Utilities’ residential battery program could help determine how the state deploys the technology. A New Hampshire utility has begun installing batteries in customers’ homes as part of a pilot program that could help determine how the costs and benefits of residential energy storage are spread in the state. Liberty Utilities, an...
Microgrids

The new edition of our “Top 5 Microgrid News” features microgrids on islands, at office and university buildings as well as small communities. This edition covers projects in the United Emirates, USA, UK and Switzerland. The featured news includes: the Nurai Island Resort, Enerwhere, Isle au Haut Electric Power Company, Kilowatt Labs, Electricity Works Walenstadt, Swansea University,...
Solar

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors adopted a climate emergency declaration, committing to working toward the goal of delivering carbon neutral electricity by 2030. The utility said it has previously helped to pioneer renewable energy programs and standards. In 2018, SMUD reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 1990 levels. Furthermore, SMUD...
Infrastructure

Up to 50,000 new charging stations could soon be installed in the state. Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a package of major clean transportation initiatives, including a “Make Ready” order approved by the New York State Public Service Commission to advance New York’s commitment to accelerate its transition to cleaner mobility....
Vehicle to grid

This week, 15 states and the District of Columbia announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU), committing to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs). The goal is to ensure that 100% of...
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...