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New and improved grid-scale energy storage technologies are gaining popularity. Pumped hydro storage is efficient, but installations are expensive and time-consuming to build. Lithium-ion batteries are common in small applications, but building large-scale lithium-ions remains prohibitively expensive. Ultracapacitors and flow batteries have their niche uses. And some cutting-edge solutions aggregate many small amounts of storage, whether from electric vehicle batters, uninterruptible power supplies, or the thermal storage embodied in water heaters. Scroll down for insight into this important sector.

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Smart grid wins: a first for Tollgrade, a multi-million dollar deal for Pulse Energy

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technologies, smart grid companies, smart grid wins
It’s been a huge week for several smart grid companies. Read about an array of projects and developments, including a first in the sensor market, a merger, a multi-million dollar contract and other news from several smart grid sectors.

How Google's disdain for utilities could ruin its Nest acquisition

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid strategy, smart grid markets, Google, Nest, energy storage,
When Google attempted to move into the home energy management space a few years ago, it first tried to work with utilities but rejected that approach when it decided utilities were too balkanized. Guest author Tom Osterhus explains in detail why that may have been a bad strategy. And he has several insights to share about energy storage and time-of-use pricing.

Italy's Enel continues to trail blaze (this time with storage and analytics)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, nanogrids, smart buildings, energy storage, data analytics, Enel Group, electric utilities, lessons learned
While it’s always smart to watch the pioneers and trail blazers in the industry, sometimes we don’t look far enough for valuable lessons and inspiration. Italy’s Enel Group, a highly-ranked utility with operations in 40 countries in Europe and Latin America, is a prime example.

Read all about it… smart grid wins in energy storage, metering and more

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, energy storage, metering, transmission, demonstration projects
This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from smart electric and water meters to transmission and a new energy storage pilot project for partners Hitachi and Demansys. It also covers new developments in monitoring, renewable energy and a new smart grid project.

More investment dollars for energy storage, but early funding still lacking

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, energy storage startups, energy storage market, Lux Research
Strategic investors are good for energy storage startups, but they don’t necessarily reduce the risk of failure. Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains that while the energy storage market is growing, more funding for applied research and technology development is needed.

Coming to your territory soon? More jurisdictions require energy storage

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, energy storage mandates, policy and regulation, electric utilities
It all started when California required utilities to store much of the electricity they produce. Now jurisdictions in other parts of the world are pushing storage too. Click to read how and where the trend continues. Is it time for utilities to start talking with regulators about future energy storage plans?

Reality check: First-year report card for North America's largest energy storage project

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, Duke Energy, wind power, electric utilities
Duke Energy has operated an advanced lead acid battery storage system at its Notrees, Texas wind farm for a year, and is now readying its first report for DOE. Click for some thoughts from a Duke official on the project and where the utility sees value in storage.

Smart grid wins: Building better electric grids

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It’s a short list for this week’s selection of smart grid wins, but varied. Read about ABB’s power generation project in India, Ice Energy’s successful energy storage pilot in California and more projects, developments and partnerships.

New inverters make it more cost-effective to combine solar and storage

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar power, energy storage, electric utilities
We recently reported that the cost of grid-scale battery technology is expected to fall. And there’s more good news for both utilities and the solar industry: significant strides have been made in improving the cost-efficiency of solar installations with smart battery management technologies capable of balancing grid power and battery power.

More evidence grid-scale batteries will soon be cost-effective

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, battery energy storage, markets and pricing, electric utilities
Grid-scale batteries have seemed poised for a breakthrough for some time, although they have never quite taken off. But prices have been dropping for years and there’s good reason to think we may see an even steeper drop in the very near future. Click to find out why.

Smart grid wins, from Mozambique to Miami

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It’s been a big week for smart grid wins, from the largest networked street lighting deployment in North America to substation projects in Qatar and Mozambique. Click to read more sector news, such as DOE’s new wind energy resource center and Philadelphia’s major smart buildings project.

One way to solve the workforce shortage. Ice Energy partners with college on training

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, workforce training, Ice Energy
The looming skills gap in the smart grid workforce has generated several innovations to provide the trained, qualified employees the energy industry depends on. Read the story for details on Ice Energy’s partnership with a California college to train students in thermal energy storage and HVAC refrigeration.

New York joins California as leader in energy storage (and what it means for your state)

smart grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, grid modernization, smart grid projects, Policy and regulation
Readers have seen the stories about New York’s ambitious plans to beef up the stability of its electric grid as part of a major smart grid overhaul. Energy storage insider Mark MacCracken joins us to share a close look at what those plans entail and why.

Why batteries are making AES more attractive to investors

smart grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, smart grid investments, electric utilities
It used to be that investors backed away from utilities they saw as too progressive. But one global power company, AES, has received some very good press (and a recommendation to invest) because of its experimentation with energy storage. Click for details.

Smart grid wins… new projects, awards and developments

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As always, it’s been a busy week for smart grid projects and developments. So we’re sharing a selection that should be interesting… from metering and energy storage to analytics and transmission. And don’t miss the new partnerships, and awards to CenterPoint Energy and Silver Spring Networks for their consumer education efforts.

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