Renewables

Climate change could have significant affect on western electricity grid

A new report has found that climate change could significantly affect the electric grid in the future due to extreme heat and drought events.

The up side, and down, of Tesla's home energy storage battery

Tesla's home energy storage battery announcement made big waves in the industry, leading the company to sell nearly 40,000 units in the first week. But what does an inexpensive home storage system mean for the grid -- and how will it affect utilities?

Perfect storm brewing for Con Edison

At its annual shareholders meeting, Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) Chairman and CEO John McAvoy described a perfect storm of sorts -- solar, wind, battery storage, fuel cells, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and smart meters -- that he believes is changing lives. McAvoy called this a "new world" that the company will not only need to adapt to, but intends to lead.

China counting on energy storage to support clean energy technology

The importance of energy storage for power generation, transmission, distribution, and end-user uses cannot be overstated; however, for the most part, energy storage is still in the early stages of industrialization or under research.

MIT: The future of solar is large-scale grid deployment

A report by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) looked at the future of solar, and found that to further solar's progress, there would need to be an added emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies as well as more effective deployment policy.

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.