Renewables

Energy committee wants renewable subsidies directed toward battery innovation

The House Committee of Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing last week titled "Innovations in Battery Storage for Renewable Energy." The committee met to discuss large-scale battery storage, and the associated research taking place across the country. But the committee also discussed possible funding options for battery and storage research.

Solar energy passes grid test during solar eclipse

Recently, grid operators across Europe anxiously observed a solar eclipse as it cast a shadow over the continent's vast installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rare celestial event posed a unique challenge for countries like Germany and Italy that significantly rely on solar energy for electricity production.

EPRI, SCE developing first residential ZNE community in CA

Many utilities are evaluating Zero Net Energy homes, whether as single demonstrations or as pilot programs.  One such effort is being led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) to evaluate the energy use and grid integration of at least 20 zero net energy (ZNE) homes -- the first development of a community of highly-efficient houses in California.

White House releases QER to modernize electric grid

With this release, the Administration is laying the foundation for a multi-billion dollar investment in more resilient and dynamic grid assets and identifying numerous facets of the nation's energy transmission and distribution system in need of immediate improvement, as well as the solutions to address these challenges and vulnerabilities.

Can EVs create grid reliability?

While electric vehicles (EV) have caused questions about whether they would create an unreliability on the grid, a new report found that they may actually have the opposite effect.

Energy cloud forcing utilities to rethink business-as-usual

The rise of the energy cloud is creating a change in the energy and utility landscape that will result in a fundamental reimagining of how the industry and the nation generates, stores, and consumes energy in the next 20 years, according to Navigant Research.

New report sets a path for California energy infrastructure

A new report from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute claims that California needs new approaches to managing the exploding growth of digital technologies, as well as the rapid changes in how the state produces, stores and delivers energy to its 37 million residents.

Who's getting into the electric driverless vehicle market? You may be surprised.

The car industry has been shifting toward electric and driverless vehicles recently, and the latest entrant to the field comes as somewhat of a surprise. NASA has released a video showcasing their driverless car -- the Modular Robotic Vehicle -- which features some of the same qualities as their rovers.

IEEE: Digital economy requires rigorous grid

We are definitely at a transition point in how we make, move and use power, and we are increasingly dependent upon it. It's readily apparent that society's strength and vitality is closely coupled with supporting a digital economy that requires a very rigorous and dependable electrical grid. Power performance expectations are increasing, impacting designs and requiring advanced technology to improve reliability.  

LA mayor orders sustainability rules for EVs, solar, jobs

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has released the city's first Sustainable City Plan, a 105-page booklet he calls a "comprehensive and actionable policy roadmap to prepare Los Angeles for an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, equitable future in the context of an expected population growth of 500,000 people over the next 20 years."