PLMA has joined with the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, National Resources Defense Council, Edison Electric Institute, and American Public Power Association to form The Community Storage Initiative as an interdisciplinary market development effort focused on developing the nation’s behind-the-meter energy storage infrastructure.
Cooler weather is just around the corner. For families who are looking to save on their utility bills, or those who are trying to reduce their energy consumption, a local Frederick company is offering a simple solution to do both.
Laurie Vaudreuil had just broken up tiles to make a mosaic for her and her husband’s kitchen when they were struggling to find a name for their company years ago. Her husband suggested the name Mosaic Power, which she thought was fitting.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) hosted a well-attended Capitol Hill briefing this week on the Community Storage Initiative, aimed at making tomorrow’s electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. I had the pleasure of participating, representing both NRDC and the Community Storage Initiative (CSI), where I serve on the advisory council.
The briefing, organized by the Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), provides an introduction to how the energy sector can use tried and true household technologies to help meet consumer energy needs in a new energy era.
Many know that rooftop PV penetration in Hawaii far surpasses almost anywhere else in the world. Given the state’s 100% renewables mandate by 2045, the pace to explore and quickly implement renewable energy in Hawaii has exposed many challenges and has forced them to the “bleeding edge” of the newest technologies.
Some 50 million children in communities across the United States are heading back to school over the next couple of weeks. About half of these students will get to school on one of 480,000 yellow school buses, more than 90 percent of which are powered by diesel fuel.
The most economical battery to store energy and help utilities optimize the electric grid may be hiding in your basement. a 2016 study from the Brattle Group, an international economic consulting firm, find that the nation's 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant — and underutilized — energy storage resource capable of producing direct benefits to utilities and consumers.
Community solar programs are increasingly popular in cooperative territories, allowing members to contribute financially to a project that helps the cooperative use more renewable energy. Similarly, community storage programs give members the opportunity to contribute their distributed energy storage resources to help reduce peak power costs and allow the cooperative to better integrate renewable resources and ultimately other energy services.
In the latest sign that electric utilities are aggressively moving to provide customers with services "behind the meter," the trade groups for investor-owned utilities and public power utilities have joined a nascent coalition in support of "community storage" of electricity.
Advocates for utility-sponsored programs that aggregate electricity storage resources like water heaters or electric vehicles announced new support for the Community Storage Initiative on Monday from key stakeholder groups, including national utility trade associations, environmental groups, and manufacturers.
More and more utilities, equipment manufacturers, and others are working to develop energy storage in households and businesses that can help make the electricity grid cleaner and cheaper.
Energy and environmental stakeholders are uniting around "community storage" to help solve the electric industry's energy storage challenge, as key industry groups, including the nation's utility trade associations, environmental groups, manufacturers and more than a dozen individual utilities, support the Community Storage Initiative.
Energy storage is one of the hottest topics in the electricity industry today. As battery costs decline, many actors are recognizing the huge potential of storage to lower the cost of the grid and become a booming, multibillion dollar market.
The nation's 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits according to new research commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and Great River Energy (GRE).
The Brattle Group study says that the nation's 50 million residential electric water heaters can address bigger challenges such as storing intermittent renewable energy from wind farms and solar arrays.
Rural co-ops and a major environmental group launched an initiative today to boost energy storage as part of a broader effort to increase renewable use, cut costs and slash greenhouse gas emissions.
Electric cooperatives are poised to increase their use of electric water heaters as a demand response (DR) and energy storage tool in their service territories.
The humble water heater used to heat water for bathing and washing dishes in America's homes also may be a promising new tool for cutting residential utility bills, promoting clean energy, and strengthening the reliability of the power grid - something we've suggested before.
A new report by economists at global economic consulting firm The Brattle Group reveals that advanced strategies of using electric water heating to provide ancillary services, store thermal energy on a daily basis, or adopt heat pumps can provide significant value to the electric power grid.
In the United States, 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant and vastly underutilized energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits.
The least-expensive battery to store energy from the electric power grid may be sitting in homeowners' basements — the electric water heater.