U.S. grid power storage charges up

October 27, 2013 at 11:38 am
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I reviewed a slew of developments from the past two months in the grid power storage sector, including California’s new storage procurement mandate, commercial microgrids, innovative financial models, utility testing of storage systems, and the opening of the PJM capacity market to storage. It all adds up to a very exciting picture of storage finally growing into a serious grid player, which will enable more renewable energy on the U.S. grid.

Read it here: U.S. support of grid energy storage charges up

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Myth-busting Germany’s energy transition

October 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I debunked the anti-renewable energy narrative that has become all too common in major news media coverage of Germany’s energy transition.

Read it here: Myth-busting Germany’s energy transition

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FuelCell Energy Eyes the Grid Support Market

October 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Greentech Media last week, I explained how FuelCell Energy, the largest of the publicly traded fuel cell makers, is partnering with utility NRG Energy to market and deploy its fuel cells. This is good news, after so much contention between utilities and the makers of smart grid/microgrid/renewable energy equipment. Some utilities are finally figuring out the new business models they’ll need to survive the energy transition, and how to replace conventional baseload power with a cleaner, decentralized alternative.

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