Black & Veatch on July 5 said that it has formed a joint venture with Schneider Electric USA for the design and construct of an energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
Professor Thomas Maschmeyer is the Director of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) and an experimental chemist. He is working to integrate new battery and solar cell technologies into the walls and roofs of new houses.
In this series on energy storage, we have been looking at the important factors that consumers must understand when considering various energy storage technologies and the return on their investment.
When it was time to build its Americas headquarters in California to LEED Platinum and net-zero standards, power management solutions provider Delta looked to a geothermal exchange system for the building's heating and cooling functions.
According to Lynn Jurich, CEO and co-founder of SunRun and a speaker during Intersolar’s opening ceremony on Monday night in San Francisco, the notion that solar customers are increasing costs for other ratepayers is false. “It’s a total red herring,” she said.
Jurich said that the industry needs to fight hard for transparency because right now much of the important decision-making data is held within the utilities. For example, she said in that it might be much more cost effective in some cases to install distributed energy resources (DERs) instead of centralized generation and transmission upgrades, but because the utility holds so much cost information close to its chest it is hard for the industry to prove that.
She said that regulators have a very difficult job right now trying to figure out how DERs fit into this landscape. “It’s the first time in history where it might not make sense to have a monopoly,” said Jurich.
What can’t be stopped, said Jurich, is consumer empowerment,. As consumers demand more control over their own energy use and costs and have access to increasingly better technology that enables them to do just that, utilities will need to reevaluate where they fit into the picture.
Jurich laid out two potential futures, which were put forth in a Rocky Mountain Institute report recently. There is one future in which utilities and clean energy industries work together to develop an integrated grid. An integrated grid would include technology, DER, smart solar and solar plus storage. These devices together would talk to the grid so that energy would be managed in the most efficient way possible.
The darker future is what happens if utilities decide not to work with the clean energy industry. In that scenario as energy prices rise and solar plus storage prices drop (Jurich pointed out that lithium-ion battery costs had dropped 70 percent in just 18 months) consumers will simply detach from the grid. Mass amounts of grid defection would ultimately result in two parallel electricity systems, each with its own set of stranded assets, said Jurich.
Overall however, the picture is positive, said Jurich in closing. She pointed to a recent utility RFP in New York that sought “non-wire alternatives” in its proposals.
Renewable Energy World will be exploring all of those “smart technologies” that talk to the grid this week at Intersolar. Stay tuned for more updates.
More and more people are interested in ‘going solar,’ but most people cannot put solar panels on their roof. Imagine this: you want to go solar, get an on-site assessment, and find out that your roof is not adequate due to tree shading, direction of the roof, or age of the roof. Over the last couple of years, community solar has emerged as a solution to this problem.
My uber-conservative utility, Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) has been against solar since before I moved into the service territory in 2007. IREA's long-serving general manager, Stanley Lewandowski Jr., would include climate change denial leaflets in the envelope along with the monthly electric bills.
Venezuela's government is lifting electricity rationing that began more than two months ago due to drought and rising temperatures that affected water levels at the 1,500-square-mile Guri Reservoir.
U.S. Geothermal this week will begin drilling activity to deepen two geothermal wells at the San Emidio geothermal project in Nevada, the company said in a June 27 project update.
Almost ten years ago, Built Green, an environmentally-friendly residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, began a project to develop the first net energy townhome complex in the United States. The project was created to revolutionize green housing and prove that green building could be done affordably.
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