Defining the True Market Opportunity for Distributed Energy Resource Management Software

Aliso Canyon, the leaking natural gas storage site that’s been shut down for the past year and a half, has driven utilities Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas to invest millions in demand response, batteries, and other distributed energy resources. 

Now California Governor Jerry Brown wants it to be closed permanently, forcing utilities and state regulators to come up with a plan to replace a major part of the region’s energy infrastructure with a lot more of the same.

So says a letter (PDF) from California Energy Commission (CEC) Chairman Robert Weisenmiller, sent on Wednesday to his agency’s partner in managing Aliso Canyon’s future.

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Dandelion says it has developed new drilling technology that keeps disruptions to property at a minimum
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A tech startup that began as a "moonshot" project at Google X has raised $2 million in seed money as it promotes a more affordable type of ground-source heat pumpHome heating and cooling system that relies on the mass of the earth as the heat source and heat sink. Temperatures underground are relatively constant. Using a ground-source heat pump, heat from fluid circulated through an underground loop is transferred to and/or from the home through a heat exchanger. The energy performance of ground-source heat pumps is usually better than that of air-source heat pumps; ground-source heat pumps also perform better over a wider range of above-ground temperatures..

Details about the system developed by Dandelion were skimpy. The company says that it has developed "clean drilling technology" that will be much less disruptive to property than the current practice of drilling wells or excavating deep trenches for the heat exchange tubing the systems need.

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Defining the True Market Opportunity for Distributed Energy Resource Management Software

In April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested an analysis on whether renewable energy poses a threat to baseload power plants and the broader health of the grid.

Last week, an early draft of that highly-anticipated report was leaked. It concluded that renewables are not destabilizing the power sector.

The leaked version pointed to a natural gas glut, aging power plant fleets and flattening demand as the cause of baseload retirement -- not wind and solar.

Now the question becomes: how will the final version change? And does it now put the department in an awkward position? We debate the ethics and consequences of the

Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP’s 4.5-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

Electricity retailer Direct Energy started winding down its residential solar installation business last week.

Direct Energy Solar will continue to operate its commercial business and plans to maintain its existing fleet of rooftop installations. The pivot away from residential affects approximately 330 employees, making up a considerable portion of the company's overall solar unit. Those employees have been given an opportunity to seek other jobs within the broader company.

Direct Energy, a subsidiary of Centrica, appears to have been the last national electricity retailer with its own residential solar business.

NRG Energy closed its rooftop solar installation business in February. And earlier this

The U.S. is at a transformative moment in electricity. And the military is helping us move toward a new era of independence.

The U.S. electrical grid was ranked by the National Academy of Engineering as the greatest achievement of the 20th Century, and it was this vast infrastructure that helped to power our economy, enhance our communities and light up our lives. But the centralized power grid is not perfect, and it faces an array of risks from natural disasters to human and cyber attacks.

As electricity more and more critical in our lives, wide ranging blackouts won't just be a personal annoyance, they

The term “distributed energy resource management system,” or DERMS, is used to describe a wide array of software platforms serving a number of functions, from controlling and aggregating fleets of behind-the-meter energy assets, to enabling utilities to integrate these distributed energy resources into their grids. 

But according to GTM Research’s newly released North American DER Management Systems 2017 report, a true “enterprise DERMS” platform -- one that includes all of the above, without kludgy multi-vendor integrations, and outside the realm of pilot projects -- doesn’t exist today. 

“This isn’t about interconnection or hosting capacity analysis, operations and maintenance, or long-term management of distributed energy resources

Defining the True Market Opportunity for Distributed Energy Resource Management Software

A German gas storage firm is planning a battery big enough to power a city the size of Berlin for an hour, using redox flow technology. 

The planned project, which Oldenburg-based EWE Gasspeicher is billing as the world’s largest battery, will involve filling two salt caverns, each of around 100,000 cubic meters in volume, with brine to create a redox flow battery that has capacity of up to 120 megawatts and 700 megawatt-hours. 

EWE Gasspeicher currently uses caverns for natural gas storage and is looking to bring the novel redox flow technology, called brine4power or b4p, to market by 2023. 

The project will be based

Hawaii Utility’s 100% Renewable Energy Plan Gets the Green Light

A decade may not seem like a remarkably long time to have been in business, but it certainly is in the world of rooftop solar. In an industry known for its ups and downs, residential solar installer Sunrun hit the commendable milestone last week of 10 years in operation.

Executive Chairman and co-founder Ed Fenster and CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich launched Sunrun in 2007 from an attic in San Francisco and signed the company’s first customers from a booth at a county fair. Since then, Sunrun says it has built more than $2.5 billion in solar systems, saved customers more than $150 million on their energy

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