As utilities and customers look to cut carbon emissions and modernize their grids through the use of distributed energy resources (DERs), one of the nagging questions facing sector stakeholders nationwide is how to decide where, when, and how new technologies like rooftop solar or storage will be deployed on the grid.
Learn about the competitive challenges and other new developments in the energy and utility industries.
By now, many people are aware of the ongoing battles between customers with rooftop solar panels and power utilities around the country. At first blush, this can look like a standard story of scrappy outsiders versus evil corporations. But as I’ve been arguing, that’s not quite right.
California, the very heart of the rooftop solar panel industry, could be facing a major roadblock in the coming months, and its status as one of the most solar-friendly states in the country could change as a result.
Commercial and industrial use of lithium-ion batteries for energy storage could become economically viable in the next three to five years if the decline in battery prices persists, according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service. Battery prices have declined more than 50% since 2010. Expanded battery use will be credit negative for US… [Read More]
Analysts told us this would happen — the traditional electric utility model would be upended, and utilities would need to adjust their business models to operate in a new energy future. Now, with plummeting prices for renewables and energy storage, the finalization of the nation’s first carbon regulations, and the proliferation of distributed energy resources, changes are taking hold faster… [Read More]
Policy makers have confirmed a commitment to a mix of utility-scale and distributed solar. Here we define distributed as inclusive of rooftop but also anything under 20 MW. While interest groups find many reasons to favor one over another, each has advantages and each can be made better. Utility-scale solar farms can be – and… [Read More]
ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of energy storage systems for microgrid and utility applications, announced today that it has won a contract with Hecate Energy, a leading United States based developer of power projects, to supply a 2 MW zinc-iron redox flow battery system for the provision of ancillary services to the… [Read More]
Job numbers tell great stories. Clean energy job creation in California has become something of a parable, told and retold around the Capital’s metaphorical campfire. Estimates of the size of the clean energy workforce (here, here, here, and here) and testimonies of workers who have turned their lives around in the solar industry (here, here,… [Read More]
IBEW 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell lays out the many challenges facing our union as the energy industry evolves. From threats to our generation jobs to microgrids and the rise of new industry players, Dalzell gives a comprehensive overview of what we’re facing – and how we’re fighting back.
In this report, Environmental and Economic Benefits of Building Solar in California, we provide a case study where federal, state, and construction industry policies and practices are cutting through the Gordian Knott of economic, political, and policy paralysis in the face of impending, irreversible, and destructive climate change. Describing California’s leadership in the expansion of… [Read More]