Seventy-one utilities report having at least one energy storage installation deployed in their service territory at the end of 2016, according to a new survey by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Within that group, 31 utilities said they deployed their first energy storage project last year.

"Absolutely this is becoming more of a universal trend," said Nick Esch, senior research associate at SEPA. "In California, there’s an incentive program driving the market; however, we're now seeing utilities across the country starting to test out energy storage and the capabilities it can offer for enhanced grid operations."

According to 155 utility survey respondents, 207 megawatts/257 megawatt-hours of

A Maine-based startup is developing fiberboard insulation that it hopes will rival rigid foam

A Maine-based design-buildCompany that handles house design and construction. Since both services are provided by the same firm, integrated design can often be more easily achieved. firm best known for its super-efficient Passive HouseA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor. Developed in the early 1990s by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, the standard is now promoted by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. To meet the standard, a home must have an infiltration rate no greater than 0.60 AC/H @ 50 pascals, a maximum annual heating energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (4,755 Btu per square foot), a maximum annual cooling energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (1.39 kWh per square foot), and maximum source energy use for all purposes of 120 kWh per square meter (11.1 kWh per square foot). The standard recommends, but does not require, a maximum design heating load of 10 W per square meter and windows with a maximum U-factor of 0.14. The Passivhaus standard was developed for buildings in central and northern Europe; efforts are underway to clarify the best techniques to achieve the standard for buildings in hot climates. buildings has taken on a new partner with a background in materials science and set up a new firm specifically to develop low-density fiberboard insulation for the U.S. market.

GO Lab, created earlier this year by GO Logic, is hoping to have fiberboard insulation in production in the next 24 months, giving builders here access to a type of insulation common in Europe but currently not manufactured anywhere in the U.S.

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XANT, a small-scale wind turbine maker based in Belgium, is looking to speed up off-grid electrification with a pre-integrated ‘utility in a box.’

The plug-and-play PowerTower system includes a 50-kilowatt wind turbine, 50 kilowatts of PV and between 100 and 500 kilowatt-hours of lithium-ion battery storage, delivered in four twenty-foot containers weighing about 30 tons. It can be assembled without needing a crane.  

The DC-only system is governed by a Sustainable Power Systems microgrid controller that allows for standalone, grid-tied and dual operation, and can automatically dispatch back-up diesel generation if needed.

Speaking at the 5th Microgrid Global lnnovation Forum in Barcelona, Spain,

How Does Thermal Energy Storage Reach Scale?

There’s a difference between knowing why energy storage is so useful to integrating wind and solar power into the grid, and being able to prove it to a banker. They’re going to want to know all the details in between, such as: Has anyone ever been paid for performing these tasks? If so, how much? And can we get that price in a 10-year contract? 

To be sure, we’ve seen hundreds of megawatts of energy storage bankrolled through utility contracts, as in California, or to serve once-lucrative frequency regulation services, as in the territory of mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM. 

But the structures aren’t quite there

The study of the health impact of mountaintop removal was launched by the Obama administration

A study of the impacts on human health of removing whole mountaintops for the underlying coal has been stopped by the Interior Department so the agency can conduct a budgetary review.

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No rest for the weary in the evolving inverter business.

Enphase Energy has appointed Badri Kothandaraman as its new president and CEO. He is replacing Paul Nahi, who resigned last month after a decade at the helm of the microinverter supplier. “Following a thorough review of candidates, the Board determined Badri’s ability to connect people, vision and ideas to drive strategy and execution make him an ideal fit for his new role at Enphase,” said Steve Gomo, lead independent director of Enphase Energy’s board of directors.

Enphase had to restructure earlier this year after a tough end to 2016 and is

How Does Thermal Energy Storage Reach Scale?

The wind community suffered a heartfelt loss with the news that former AWEA Executive Director Tom Gray passed away last week, after a head injury sustained in a fall where he lived in Vermont.

Tom was a true industry pioneer, having worked across four decades to grow American wind energy and our association. In the 1980s, he famously used his personal credit card at one point to keep AWEA afloat. After writing our first newsletters, he personally stamped and mailed them.

Beyond all that, he was a kind friend and a skilled and principled mentor for countless people in our industry.

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