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Community Storage Discussed in Several Sources

PLMA Joins with Electricity Industry Groups to Create Community Storage Initiative

PLMA Web Site, April 28, 2016

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.

Staying comfortable, saving money on grid-wide level

WHAG-TV, September 28, 2016

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.

Mosaic Power heats up in its quest to provide storage for electrical grid

Frederick News-Post, September 25, 2016

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.

Filling the Policy Gap for Community-Located Energy Storage

NRDC Web Site, September 16, 2016

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.

Congressional Briefing- The Community Storage Initiative: A New Approach to Energy Storage

NRECA, September 13, 2016

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.

Smart Water Heaters As Energy Storage Options — Hawaii Case Study

CleanTechnica Web Site, September 7, 2016

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.

It’s Time to Go Back to School—Is It Also Time to Go Electric?

Worldwatch Institute Blog, August 25, 2016

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 'Grid Battery' in Your Basement

Minnkota Messenger, July-August, 2016

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.

Implementing Community Storage Programs

NRECA TechSurveillance, June, 2016

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.

GRID: Utility Groups Add Support To Community Storage Initiative

Energywire Web Site, April 26, 2016

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.

Community Storage Initiative Touts Diverse Backers, Including EEI, NRECA, APPA

UtilityDive, April 26, 2016

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.

Community Energy Storage Storage for Cleaner, Lower-Cost Electricity

Energy Efficiency Markets.com, April 25, 2016

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.

Utilities Rally Around Community Storage

Smart Grid News, April 25, 2016

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.

"Community Storage" Could Reduce Grid Costs

Clean Technica, April 23, 2016

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.

Electric Co-ops and Natural Resources Defense Council Launch “Community Storage” Initiative; Unveil New Research from The Brattle Group

NRECA Web Site, February 10, 2016

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).

Community Storage: Coming To A Home Near You

By Keith Dennis, Fortnightly Magazine, February 2016

A readily available option for storage may be coordinating existing devices that have untapped storage capacity.

Low Cost Energy Storage For Power Grid Can Be Found In Your Basement, Study Says

By David Shaffer, Star Tribune, February 10, 2016

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.

Co-ops, NRDC Join To Boost "Community" Energy Storage

By Christa Marshall, E&E News, February 10, 2016

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 Co-ops Launch "Community Storage" Initiative

By Gail Reitenbach, Power Magazine, February 10, 2016

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.

Advanced Electric Water Heaters Could Save Money And Cut Pollution

By Robin Roy, Switchboard, February 10, 2016

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.

Report By Brattle Economists Finds Electric Water Heaters Can Provide Economic And Environmental Benefits

By The Brattle Group, Kusi News, February 10,2016

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.

Underutilized Energy Storage Resource (Its Untapped Potential Is Huge)

By Barbara Vergetis Lundin, Smart Grid News, February 11, 2016

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.

Low-Cost Energy Storage For Power Grid Can Be Found In Your Basement, Study Says

By McClatchy, Star Tribune, February 11, 2016

The least-expensive battery to store energy from the electric power grid may be sitting in homeowners' basements — the electric water heater.