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DERConnect will enable researchers to test integration of renewable energy and EV batteries into the power grid

Charged

The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego to build a test bed to better understand how to integrate distributed energy sources and EV batteries into the power grid. “We

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WoodMac: Wind, Solar and Storage to Dominate Europe’s Power Grid by 2030

GreenTechMedia

Europe's power system will look very different in 2030, with energy storage supporting the “dominance” of wind and solar generation, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Most of that will come from front-of-the-meter battery systems.

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Plugging into electricity’s energy challenge

Envirotec Magazine

How is technology helping to address the challenges faced by power grids? According to the International Energy Agency, global electricity demand rose by more than 6% in 2021, the largest increase since the recovery from the financial crisis in 2010. Energy

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So, What Exactly Is Building Electrification?

GreenTechMedia

Buildings were first electrified nearly 150 years ago. So, why is it that “building electrification” is now among the energy industry’s most popular buzzwords? Most buildings run on multiple fuels. Are there other benefits to electrifying buildings?

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Drax Cancels Plan to Build Europe’s Largest Natural Gas Power Plant

GreenTechMedia

Plans for a new 3.6-gigawatt natural gas power plant in the U.K. have been shelved by the developer Drax, highlighting the challenging economics of converting coal-fired power to a cleaner, but still fossil-fuel-fired, alternative. ’s largest power plant.

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Lessons from inside the heat dome about the future of the electric grid

GreenBiz

Lessons from inside the heat dome about the future of the electric grid. Heatwaves are a double whammy for the electrical grid. The combination of the hot weather and the increased energy running along wires go beyond what they were built to endure. Power Points.

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Who really benefits from solar net metering?

Renewable Energy World

Most people know solar power benefits the people who use it because it reduces their utility costs. In fact, some solar-powered homeowners don’t pay anything for electricity. What exactly is Net Metering? Customers are only billed for their “net” energy use.

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Baker Electric Home Energy Launches PowerOn Battery Rewards Program

CleanTech San Diego

Cleantech San Diego member Baker Electric Home Energy, a leading solar, battery, and home energy solution provider, has announced the launch of its PowerOn Battery Rewards Program in partnership with sonnen, a global market leader in smart energy storage and virtual power plant (VPP) technology.

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Demand Response Industry Asks Feds to Open States to Energy Market Competition

GreenTechMedia

Over the past half-decade, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has consistently won court battles upholding its authority over states to set the rules for how distributed energy resources can play in wholesale energy markets.

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A 21st-century reinvention of the electric grid is crucial for solving the climate change crisis

Renewable Energy World

Then, beginning around 2009, first wind turbines and then solar photovoltaic panels decreased enough in cost to become competitive in electricity markets. The Biden administration’s goal is to have a carbon emissions-free grid by 2035. 3 ways to bring wind and solar into the grid.

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Solar Net Metering Under Threat as Shadowy Group Demands Intervention in State Policies

GreenTechMedia

Solar net metering, the backbone of the U.S. rooftop solar market for the past two decades, may be facing its most important legal challenge in years — and it's coming at a time when the industry is already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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How the UK Is Building Grid Markets to Reward Flexible Distributed Energy

GreenTechMedia

’s novel approach to enlisting rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, electric vehicle chargers and grid-responsive appliances as an integral part of its power grids. ” Making the DER markets for real-time grid operations.

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Power Move: OVO launches customer energy saving incentive scheme

Business Green

OVO formally launches new scheme, as reports suggest British Gas is preparing similar time of use incentives in a bid to boost grid security. We're heading into a critical moment for the UK energy sector, and we need a resilient grid to support households through this winter," he said.

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Generac Acquires Enbala, Boosting Plan to Harness Behind-the-Meter Energy Resources

GreenTechMedia

Generac Power Systems is acquiring Enbala Power Networks, a major step toward putting its market-leading backup generator business and its fast-growing behind-the-meter battery-solar fleet to work as a power grid resource. ” Enbala’s distributed energy resource (DER) orchestration software platform manages roughly 600 megawatts of flexible loads including pumps and motors, backup generators and behind-the-meter batteries for grid services in the U.S.,

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Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Electrical Engineer | EDF Innovation Lab | Los Altos, CA. EDF (Électricité de France) is a global, integrated energy company and the world’s largest electricity producer. With 140 GW of generation capacity across more than 30 countries, EDF generates over 650 TWh of electricity for 38 million customers, and 85% of that electricity has low or no carbon emissions. Customers are increasingly engaged in their consumption, energy efficiency, and self-generation.

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How Geothermal Energy Might Be the Answer to Energy Eating Heatwaves

Green Tech Gazette

But some experts claim that unprecedented “extended heatwaves” are causing significant strain on the nation’s aging energy grid. This also places enormous pressure on America’s fragile electricity grid and forces you to consider renewable energy solutions.

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Data centre virtualisation and cloud computing can play a pivotal role in power sector emissions reductions, says report

Envirotec Magazine

A new report from power market analytics firm Aurora Energy Research suggests that increased deployment of (and continued improvements in) virtualisation technology could reduce potential future European computing emissions 55% by 2040. Emissions Energy Saving & Storage News

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The Current System of Electric Billing No Longer Makes Sense

GreenTechMedia

Dan Seif is vice president for market development at 7X Energy, a Texas-based solar developer. Let’s stop pretending that we’re paying for “energy” via our home power bills and understand that we’re mainly paying for infrastructure. residential power bill.

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Why Australia is Truly the Virtual Power Plants Market Frontier?

AutoGrid

Why Australia is Truly the Virtual Power Plants Market Frontier? As one scans the world for opportunity during the current energy transition, one of the most vibrant regional markets is often forgotten due to its geography. Energy Network Australia/CSIRO).

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4 Big Challenges Facing FERC’s Plan to Open Up Power Markets to Distributed Energy

GreenTechMedia

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Order 2222 , a groundbreaking effort to open up U.S. wholesale energy markets to aggregated solar systems, smart inverters, batteries, electric vehicles, smart appliances, grid-responsive building controls and other distributed energy resources (DERs). power grids — at least, not yet.

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Here’s how pumped hydro works as an energy storage resource

Renewable Energy World

Batteries get hyped, but pumped hydro provides the vast majority of long-term energy storage essential for renewable power. is going to need a lot more solar and wind power generation, and lots of cheap energy storage. To rely more on wind and solar power, the U.S.

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Swell Readies Up To $450M in Financing for Solar-Plus-Battery Virtual Power Plants

GreenTechMedia

Swell Energy has lined up $450 million in financing to give homeowners and business owners batteries and solar systems at no upfront cost, and earn the money back by turning them into virtual power plants serving utilities’ grid needs.

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Con Edison Tests ConnectDER as a Utility Touchpoint for Distributed Energy

GreenTechMedia

Last week, New York utility Con Edison launched its latest effort to smooth the way for customers to install rooftop solar — and to feed the utility's growing hunger for data on how that solar can be integrated into its grid.

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SparkMeter Closes $12M Round to Expand From Metering Minigrids to Analyzing ‘Broken Grids’

GreenTechMedia

Remote minigrids are a tough market for a traditional smart meter vendor. The meters that minigrids use need to be cheap, rugged and reliable, and they must be able to adjust to the often unstable operating conditions of solar-powered standalone grids.

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Funding the Next Generation of Efficient, Electric, Grid-Interactive Communities

GreenTechMedia

homes and commercial buildings consume roughly two-fifths of the country’s overall energy, three-fourths of all electricity, and account for most of the peak electricity demand that drives generation and power grid infrastructure costs.

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An Open Letter: The Texas Energy Transition—The Greentown Labs Community Offers Pathways to a Resilient and Sustainable Energy Future

Greentown Labs

The Texas energy crisis in February 2021 reminded us of the precariousness of energy systems and their high costs of failure. This event nearly devastated the state’s power grid due to a frequency drop that put Texas four minutes and 37 seconds away from a months-long blackout.

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Bring-Your-Own-Batteries and EV Chargers: The Future of Distributed Energy Integration?

GreenTechMedia

Distributed energy resources including rooftop solar, smart thermostats, behind-the-meter batteries, smart inverters and electric vehicle chargers have value for the customers installing them — and for the utilities seeing them proliferate across their distribution grids.

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Could Flex Services Draw New Players to Energy Sector?

GreenTechMedia

A tie-up between Vodafone and Energy Web is evidence that an emerging flexibility services opportunity is luring new players to the energy sector, insiders believe. “Let’s say you have an electric vehicle and you are charging it at your home address,” he said.

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3 cost-effective steps President Biden can take to accelerate a clean energy revolution

Renewable Energy World

With the new administration inaugurated in January, and with Secretary Jennifer Granholm confirmed last week, those of us working to help solve the climate crisis can’t help but feel hopeful with what should be a new, aggressive approach to energy policy. By Whit Fulton, ConnectDER.

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Meet Our Newest Startup Members

Greentown Labs

Nearly 30 startups joined our community in the final quarter of 2020, working on innovations as diverse as zinc-ion batteries, long-range weather forecasts, wave energy conversion, and replacements for petrochemical plastics. ELECTRICITY. BUILDINGS.

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A New Era Is Beginning for the Grid Edge. Is the Utility Industry Ready?

GreenTechMedia

As the 2020s progress, flexible energy portfolios will grow significantly as resources on either side of the meter proliferate in the U.S., Both electric vehicles and electric heat are expected to see record growth in the 2020s. De-risking grid edge investment.

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GreenCom Lands Funding to Expand IoT Home Energy Controls in Europe and Beyond

GreenTechMedia

million) funding round adds new investors Shell Ventures and Japan’s Energy & Environment Investment Inc. based utility and energy services provider Centrica, SET Ventures, Munich Venture Partners and Cosmos. Enabling European virtual power plants.

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Unlocking California’s Gigawatt-Scale Distributed Energy Potential

GreenTechMedia

California’s distributed energy resources add up to gigawatts' worth of capacity that could be used to prevent future rolling blackouts and balance the state’s increasingly clean-powered grid — if the state can compensate them for those services.

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Burns & McDonnell completes 60 MWh energy storage project in West Texas

Renewable Energy World

Engineering consulting firm Burns & McDonnell completed construction of three 10 MW/20 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in West Texas. The battery storage units will provide reliable and resilient energy to West Texas.”.

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Siemens Gamesa awards UL new contracts for wind turbine certification

Renewable Energy World

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has selected UL (Underwriters Laboratories) for the provision of inspection and certification services for the company’s most advanced turbine designs. Subscribe to Renewable Energy World’s free, weekly newsletter for more stories like this.

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How Phoenix Contact’s e-mobility infrastructure is shaping charging technology

Charged

Phoenix Contact’s core business areas include device connectors, industrial components and electronics, and industry management and automation. . When it comes to the general application of a point-of-use charger at the vehicle, larger electronics are needed for high-power sources.

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How Duke’s Unique Energy Landscape Dictates Its Path to Net Zero

GreenTechMedia

Duke's new IRP presents six very different pathways toward greening its energy mix over the next 15 years, all of them reaching at least 50 percent carbon reduction by 2030. Some of those pathways move more dramatically toward closing coal plants or halting new natural gas power plants.

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V2G value propositions: Fermata Energy is focused on building financially viable solutions for vehicle-to-grid

Charged

Slutzky founded vehicle-to-grid pioneer Fermata Energy in November, 2010. Other members of the Fermata team include Tony Posawatz, a former GM exec who was responsible for bringing the Chevrolet Volt to production, and later served as CEO of Fisker Automotive; and David Sandalow, an energy policy expert who held senior positions at the White House, State Department and DOE. I founded Fermata Energy for two specific reasons,” Slutzky told Charged. “I

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Keeping the lights on: Ensuring flexibility and stability in the European grid

Envirotec Magazine

According to Bloomberg, January 2021 saw the latest in a series of near misses for the European power grid, a sudden drop in frequency and narrowly avoided widespread power failure. Fluctuating energy supply. Renewable energy supply depends on the weather.

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VIGIL hails successful electric vehicle-to-grid trial in Birmingham

Business Green

Government-backed project assessed grid impacts of bi-directional EV charging at two sites at Aston University.

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‘Game-Changer’ FERC Order Opens Wholesale Grid Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

GreenTechMedia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has passed a long-awaited order to open the country’s wholesale energy markets to distributed energy resources (DERs) like rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and electric vehicles.

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Smart meters: Rollout gathers pace with 27.8 million devices now installed across Britain

Business Green

million smart meters were installed in Britain last year, as the rollout once again picked up pace following the slowdown experienced during the earlier stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the latest official data has confirmed. million meters.

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Automated EV charging could help the US meet carbon reduction goals

Renewable Energy World

A new study from Sense and Singularity Energy demonstrates the potential for significant carbon reductions from electric vehicle (EV) charging using a combination of smart home automation and location- and time-based carbon emissions data from the power grid.