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

The Deep Decarbonization Draft: Fantasy Sports for Energy Nerds

Like fantasy sports? Listen to our deep decarbonization draft. 

In this episode, Shayle and Stephen choose their rosters of nine technologies to decarbonize the global economy. The goal: find the best resource mix to keep global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius. 

After they battle it out, listeners decide who has the best team of technologies. Vote in the pop-up poll below, or in our Twitter poll.

This podcast is supported by Wunder Capital, the easiest way to invest in large-scale solar energy projects across the U.S. With Wunder, you can help finance renewable energy projects while earning up to 7.5 percent annually. Get

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 —

Renewable energy curtailment is impacting 10 percent of production in the U.K.

Centrica is hoping the blockchain could help rein in renewable energy curtailment that affects up to 10 percent of production in the U.K. It is planning a pilot to help prosumers buy and sell locally produced energy in a county where significant amounts go to waste.

The British multinational utility last month announced a partnership with LO3 Energy “to explore how blockchain technology could revolutionize the way consumers buy and sell energy,” according to a press release.

New York-based LO3, which received undisclosed funding from Centrica Innovations last October, will roll out its Exergy blockchain peer-to-peer energy trading platform, first tested in Brooklyn, across 100

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,

How FERC Order 841 could help other energy resources.

In a perfect world, grid-connected energy storage plants would never be needed. The diversity and inherent flexibility of thousands of generators and loads in a large power system would provide all the flexibility that we could need to continuously match supply and demand at a very low cost, even with variable renewables dominating our generation resources. 

But the world is far from perfect. In the real world, there are numerous inefficiencies that restrict resources from offering their full capabilities, limit access by new resources, impact compensation for providing services, and make the interconnection and participation process very difficult. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a standardized way

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

How FERC Order 841 could help other energy resources.

In a perfect world, grid-connected energy storage plants would never be needed. The diversity and inherent flexibility of thousands of generators and loads in a large power system would provide all the flexibility that we could need to continuously match supply and demand at a very low cost, even with variable renewables dominating our generation resources. 

But the world is far from perfect. In the real world, there are numerous inefficiencies that restrict resources from offering their full capabilities, limit access by new resources, impact compensation for providing services, and make the interconnection and participation process very difficult. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a standardized way

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