It has been well-documented that New England residents are seeing higher and higher electric bills as a result of inadequate capacity in the region's natural gas pipelines. To slow those price hikes, Connecticut regulators are pushing for more distributed generation to help meet power needs, in addition to energy-efficiency measures.
Traditionally, when demand for electricity fluctuates, utilities have met that demand with generating units by adjusting the supply of power. The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are embarking on a project that will meet daily energy needs through demand response, allowing the utility to adjust to help maintain the balance between supply and demand.
Utilities in the United States have run residential direct load control (DLC) programs as forms of demand management for many years, but the development of smart grid technology-- particularly advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart, two-way communicating thermostats-- is enabling utilities globally to offer residential demand response programs.
Until effective energy storage arrives, could aggregated demand management be the answer to the rising use of intermittent renewables and squeezed reserve margins?
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, EPRI, electric car makers and others are betting smart grid technology can integrate plug-in EVs in a way that supports grid reliability. Click to read about a demo project for a new software system developed by EPRI and others.
Virtual power plants (VPP)--which combine independent resources into a network via sophisticated planning, scheduling, and bidding of DER-based services, bringing distributed generation (DG) and demand response (DR) together to provide a synergistic sharing of grid resources-- are expected to play an increasingly important role in the future of the power sector, according to Navigant Research.
More than 1.5 million advanced electric meters have been installed and nearly 500,000 modules have been installed on gas meters across DTE Energy's territory so far. By the end of 2017, nearly 3.9 million electric and gas meters will have been converted, allowing all DTE Energy customers to better manage their energy usage and bills, and enjoy other benefits from the technology.
The energy industry environment changes constantly and while market forecasts arenâ€™t written in stone, itâ€™s always a good idea to keep an eye on what the analysts envision for the future. Click to read about predictions for programmable DC power supplies, demand response, energy storage and other markets.
Manual demand response programs do help, but theyâ€™re nowhere close to the automated demand response needed today. A California startup has come up with what could be one promising solution, and it involves smart phones. Click for details.
The energy partnership between National Grid and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is designed to develop integrated solutions that will drive economic growth in the Buffalo Niagara region and position all partners as global energy leaders and represents a first of its kind energy innovation between a global utility and a community-engaged medical and technology park.