THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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Microgrid of the future emerges in Washington as Avista preps transactive DER project

Avista Energy is preparing to launch a “micro-transactive grid” in Spokane, Washington, that experts say illustrates the future of distributed energy resource (DER) management. Beyond maintaining resilient power, the microgrid will provide visibility and control of smaller loads and enable trading of energy between two buildings in a way that could…

This project is a bit broader in scope than traditional microgrids. A lot of times microgrids are constructed mostly for resiliency and to be able to support critical loads for longer periods. … We wanted to investigate four goals.

Power Engineers project manager Greg Clark

EnTech Solutions Unveils Xcape™ First-Of-Its-Kind Microgrid Technology

Businesses today are more at risk than ever of costly power outages. Commercial and industrial companies lose thousands of dollars every time there is a power blink or an outage, and for many, these outages are a regular monthly or even weekly occurrence. The Xcape™ microgrid is a resilient energy and battery storage solution which can…


Commentary: Spanish Renewable Giant Iberdrola Enters the Texas Market With a Thud

One of the telltale signs of how broken the Texas electricity market is the number of corporations with multi-billion dollar market caps coming here in pursuit of billions of dollars of renewable energy subsidies. Iberdrola is a Spanish-based electricity utility that is the world’s “number one producer of wind power.” Through 2016, Iberdrola’s…


New group led by IREC aims to simplify energy storage interconnection

Energy storage technologies have a crucial role to play in enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy. Despite significant growth of the energy storage market in recent years, the process of connecting this technology to the electricity grid remains complex and unclear in many states across the U.S. A new project, supported by a cooperative…

If we’re able to more efficiently connect energy storage to the grid, costs will plummet, making solar-plus-storage systems more affordable and accessible to families and businesses.

Justin Baca, SEIA Vice President of Markets & Research

Commercial Energy Storage Reaches Major Milestone In The U.S.

The energy storage industry is booming. This is not new news — the up-and-coming sector has been on a swift upward trajectory for quite a while, but now there are some new developments in the works that are set to catapult the industry into new levels of success. Last year, Oilprice reported that the energy storage industry was “exploding”…


Renewable energy transition makes dollars and sense

Making the transition to a renewable energy future will have environmental and long-term economic benefits and is possible in terms of energy return on energy invested (EROI), UNSW Sydney researchers have found. Their research, published in the international journal Ecological Economics recently, disproves the claim that a transition to…

These critics claim the world’s economy would suffer because they argue renewables require too much lifecycle energy to build, to the point of diverting all that energy away from other uses. Our paper shows that there is no credible scientific evidence to support such claims, many of which are founded upon a study published in 2014 that used data up to 30 years old.

Lead author A/Prof Diesendorf

India x Cleantech — July 2020

The Indian Export-Import Bank has offered a US$100 million loan to Sri Lanka to help the island country set up rooftop solar projects. These projects will be set up at government buildings and low-income households. Sri Lanka has set a target to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s power generation to 10% by 2016, and managed to…


California Awards $10.8M to Reuse EV Batteries in Solar & Microgrid Projects

The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $10.8 million to four projects that will explore repurposing used batteries from electric vehicles (EV), partly to support microgrid. The awards approved in meetings in June and July stemmed from a solicitation for research and development projects showing how used batteries could…


Green Peak Energy and Energy Ease partner up to make green energy PPAs easy

Green Peak Energy and Energy Ease are joining forces to offer a new form of commercial Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This new Energy Ease PPA is designed to make solar more accessible to large and enterprise customers. Some thought that dropping wholesale power prices would mean a slowdown in solar uptake across the…

The Energy Ease PPA itself is flexible being suited to both building owners and tenants – and can be structured to suit a multi-tenanted building. Distinctively, Energy Ease PPAs can cover up to 30-year terms. This allows us to deliver some of the most compelling c/kWh rates.

Energy Ease CEO, Guy Olian

NIDEC ASI says Scandinavia battery projects can serve as example for energy transition elsewhere

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) from provider NIDEC ASI will be installed for customers Neoen and Uniper at sites in Finland and Sweden. Nidec ASI said the projects are exemplary of how countries across Scandinavia are starting to use energy storage systems as a key integrator for renewable energy including solar, wind and hydroelectric…

I am particularly proud of the results we have achieved in Finland and Sweden, two countries that have been investing in this sector for decades, tangibly contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the sustainable development of the energy market.

Nidec ASI CEO and Nidec Industrial Solutions chairman Dominique Llonch

Korean New Deal (5): Utility and Renewable Energy

The Korean New Deal plans envision the creation of a low-carbon, eco-friendly country through the wider distribution of renewable energy. In order to achieve this goal, the government plans to invest W11.3tn by 2025 in large-scale R&D/demonstration projects and related facility installations, focusing on the creation of a renewable…


The Power Solution: Decentralizing E-Mobility Charging Infrastructure Using the Power of Blockchain

The future of automobile and mobility is poised for a major overhaul over the next decade with electric vehicles dominating the market. Tesla’s massive growth over the last year is a major indicator that the demand for electric vehicles is surging like never before. Although the market is ripe for electric vehicles to dominate the automobile sector…


Solar PV Module Market Revenue to Hit USD 54B by 2026: Says Global Market Insights, Inc.

Solar PV module industry is set to witness substantial growth from crystalline silicon modules on account of rising demand for cost-effective technology, coupled with adequate financial and technical assistance. Higher operational efficiency, along with a low cost, will further propel the business growth over the forecast timeframe…


U.S. officials award $1 million to company studying blockchain’s use in power grid security

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $1 million to software company InfoBeyond Technology LLC, according to a report from the agency. The project, titled “Gridchain: An Auditable Blockchain for Smart Grid Data Integrity and Immutability,” received the grant in this week’s selection for Phase II research and development…


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