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Energy efficiency and new solar expected to drive down overall use and peak demand
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A combination of energy-efficiency measures and behind-the-meter solar will reduce both overall demand for grid electricity and peak demand over the next decade, a new report from the region's grid manager says.

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Batteries emerged as a viable peak power resource so quickly that it’s hard to know what happens next.

Regulators in states like California and Arizona have turned to batteries instead of conventional natural gas plants to provide flexible power for evening peaks. They see this as crucial in containing the major cost driver for utilities, and in developing a cleaner, more efficient grid.

The storage industry believes this trend will accelerate quickly. Still, batteries can’t do everything that a gas combustion turbine can do.

A rapid transition to a storage-based peak power system could create vulnerabilities if it’s not done right. Little data exists to

On the site of an old coal mine in Belgium's only national park, Centrica Business Solutions’ flexibility provider REstore has launched a 32-megawatt virtual power plant, with a distribution grid connected 18.2 megawatt Tesla Powerpack storage system.

The project took six months from inception to operation; the battery installation took about five weeks. The virtual power plant (VPP) has been providing primary frequency regulation to the Belgian transmission system operator since April 2018, and stacking value with additional participation in the real-time balancing market. 

Frequency regulation is traditionally provided by conventional generators. Here, the majority is being provided by battery flexibility. And it's the intelligence

Itron’s Acquisition of Silver Spring Networks Bolsters Smart Meter and Grid Networking Revenue

Itron completed its acquisition of Silver Spring Networks in January, officially uniting the country’s two biggest providers of smart meters, grid networks, and software and services. The combined company has more than 90 million “endpoints” and counting. 

On Monday, Itron reported quarterly earnings for the first time as an integrated company, revealing Silver Spring’s share of now-bolstered revenue streams and project backlogs. 

For the first quarter of 2018, Itron reported total revenue of $607 million, up 27 percent from $478 million in the first quarter of 2017. This included $86 million of revenue provided by the “Networks segment” — Silver Spring’s new name —

Distribution automation: the backbone of a digital, distributed grid.

When dozens of utilities received stimulus funds for distribution automation projects in 2009, solar was barely a gigawatt-scale market in the U.S. Sandy was simply a lead character in Grease, not a superstorm that would prompt cities and states to reassess the future-readiness of their electricity systems.

Much has changed in America's power sector in the past decade. Powerful storms have made resiliency a focus for the industry. In the past two years alone, 25 gigawatts of solar have been installed. Renewable portfolio standards have intensified in many states, and are increasingly being backed up by regulatory innovation that encourages utilities to rethink their business models.

The need

Sunrun's stock has been trading at the company's highest share price since shortly after it went public.

Leading residential solar installer Sunrun released its first quarter earnings last week, as news broke that virtually all new homes in California will be required to install rooftop solar starting in 2020.

CEO Lynn Jurich called the California solar mandate a “huge vote of confidence” for the residential solar market. “Strategically, it is also really important because it’s showing that California is serious about home solar and batteries and what that can do to build a cleaner, more cost effective, customer-centric system generally,” she said on the company’s earnings call.

Sunrun is particularly well suited to take advantage of the new solar building codes,

In a world where wind and solar resources make up 40 to 50 percent of generation, wholesale energy prices will drop by as much as $16 per megawatt-hour, according to a study released Wednesday from a group of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Modeling 2030 scenarios in which CAISO, NYISO, SPP and ERCOT reach combined wind and solar penetration at or above 40 percent, the researchers found electricity prices will fall — but price fluctuations may increase and the number of peak net-load hours will spread to a greater number of days.  

According to co-author Joachim Seel, the study offers a “holistic” analysis

Sunrun's stock has recently been trading at the company's highest share price since shortly after it went public.

Leading residential solar installer Sunrun released its first-quarter earnings last week, as news broke that virtually all new homes in California will be required to install rooftop solar starting in 2020.

CEO Lynn Jurich called the California solar mandate a “huge vote of confidence” for the residential solar market. “Strategically, it is also really important because it’s showing that California is serious about home solar and batteries and what that can do to build a cleaner, more cost-effective, customer-centric system generally,” she said on the company’s earnings call.

Sunrun is particularly well suited to take advantage of the new solar building codes, which take

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