New York Grapples With the Best Way to Promote Storage: Mandates or Market Reforms?

The number of large corporations seeking out renewables continues to grow in 2017.

In the wake of America's exit from the Paris climate agreement, companies are signing up to the “We Are Still In” campaign in droves. Some, like Lego, are meeting renewables targets years ahead of schedule as prices for wind and solar continue to decline.

Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced it would purchase 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025 for approximately 6 terawatt-hours of annual usage across the globe. The proclamation alone isn’t even that noteworthy anymore -- lots of global brands have signed on

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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

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

New York Grapples With the Best Way to Promote Storage: Mandates or Market Reforms?

New York State is in the midst of a philosophical debate over how best to promote storage.

The state's efforts to reform the electricity market have focused heavily on renewables, and the storage industry has been waiting for a big development of its own.

The legislature took matters into its own hands last month and passed a bill requiring the Public Service Commission to pick a storage target by 2018 that utilities need to fulfill by 2030. The Senate and the Assembly each approved their measures unanimously.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has not yet signed that legislation, which cleared both chambers last month.

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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

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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.

Dandelion says it has developed new drilling technology that keeps disruptions to property at a minimum

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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