Category: distributed energy resources

Energy is the new internet: The Enernet is coming – with massive economic opportunity ahead!

Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another

massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”

Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”

It’s going to be an incredible ride…

Strange bedfellows: How solar and utilities struck a net metering compromise in New York

 

Cuomo & Solar CityAcross the country, solar customers & installers and battling with utilities over solar net metering – which “turns the meter backwards” at the same retail rate that customers pay their utility.

Solar advocates argue that net metering provides more benefits – to the grid and all customers – than the net metered retail price.

Utilities argue that solar net metering customers “zero out” their bill and don’t contribute to maintaining the aging grid, so the utilities lose money (or other customers have to pay more to make up the lost revenue).

Now, a number of New York State utilities have come together with several of the largest solar companies to reach a compromise.

The bottom line: we all depend on the grid. Those with solar need the grid at night, on cloudy days, or whenever their usage exceeds their solar generation. We need to keep the utilities healthy to maintain and evolve the interconnected grid that is the center of civilization. New York’s proposal provides an interesting path toward ending the war – providing a profit incentive so that utilities can make money on solar, while customers and the solar industry have a clear glide path forward.    Read the Utility Dive article on the issue.

New York State Takes Giant Step Towards Clean Energy

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New York State has taken another giant step toward creating a modern, 21st Century electric system with additional orders from the NYS Public Service Commission.

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) aims to provide the means for all NYS electric users to become more active and engaged CONsumers of cleaner – and less expensive – energy; and to provide the ability for everyone to become PROsumers, generating clean energy and selling it back into an interactive electric grid.

Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman says it best: “New York is taking a new direction today by creating the most-advanced and forward-thinking business model for electric utility rates anywhere in the country…By aligning utility profits with market-enabling activities, residential and business customers can lower their energy bills through advances in digital technology and power-saving systems built for private homes and apartments, as well as entire neighborhoods.”

The new REV order provide utilities with the means to recover their infrastructure costs, while incentivizing them to increase customer engagement, improve energy efficiency and system utilization, and make it easier to interconnect distributed solar & other clean energy generation.

Greentech Media produced a good summary of all the key points for further information.

The Duck Curve

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Are you familiar with  the “Duck Curve”?   Remember the “Bell Curve”  in collage statistics?  The Duck Curve is basically a concern over the availability of solar in the day time,  but going down as the sun goes down.  This concern has turned into something of a urban myth of late according to  Robbie Orvis, Michael O’Boyle, and Hallie Kennan of Energy Innovation.  The authors propose that by using common sense, smart rate design, and regional sharing/coordination we can minimize the impact of the Duck.  Read the article here.

Nissan Introduces a Possible Energy Future

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This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere.  Kind of like community solar model gone wild.  It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be.   OK,  lots of people will be cynical watching the video,   but it is the dreamers who initiate changes in civilizations. Watch video here!

Questioning Value of Large Utility Renewable Systems

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