Opinion: An all-renewable energy grid ‘definitely feasible’ for California. But at what cost?

“Borenstein said the biggest obstacle to hitting 100 percent will be storage. Natural gas-fired plants, which account for 33 percent of the state’s electricity, can be ramped up and down as demand fluctuates. But wind power can only be generated when it’s windy; solar power only works when it’s sunny. They can’t be stored up,…

Startup aims to prevent EV charging from overloading the grid

“The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is testing a novel technology that could prevent electric-vehicle charging from crashing the grid. The technology, from Californian startup PowerFlex Systems, is aimed at building owners looking to provide EV charging points, for example in parking lots. Not only does it make sure simultaneous EV charging does not…

Transmission Summit West

September 12th to 14th in San Diego, California Transmission Summit West will provide the clearest window into “The Grid in Flux: Impacts of Regionalization and Market Disruption on Transmission Expansion.” Leading policymakers, utility and independent transmission executives will discuss the paths forward for regionalization efforts, and where we are heading on investment in lines, dual-use…

Report: The Value of the Grid

The paper examines why customers who prefer DIY electricity solutions will likely remain connected to the grid as a reliable, convenient backup source of electricity. It also points out that the growing use of electricity for transportation, water heating, and space heating increases dependence on the grid. Click here to learn more.

GRID Alternatives celebrates milestone of serving 10,000 low-income California families with solar

“GRID Alternatives, a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color, got its start in California in 2004 and has helped the state implement several of its groundbreaking low-income solar programs, including the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes program (SASH) and the solar portion of…

How to ensure resilience in the grid of the future

“A low-carbon world is an electrified world. But electricity has an Achilles heel: it is vulnerable. And will become more so as digitalization progresses and extreme weather increases, notes Mark Byrne of the Total Environment Centre in Australia. To reduce vulnerability, Byrne believes we need to create a system of enmeshed micro-grids. Keywords: “mutual interdependence”.”…

Grid-Scale Energy Storage Conference – June 6-7

Attend ACI’s 4th National Grid-Scale Energy Storage Conference, June 6-7, 2018, San Francisco, CA to discover the significant market opportunities for energy storage, including government policy and regulatory initiatives, new requirements for transmission and distribution of power in electric markets, increased utilization of distributed energy systems and the integration of storage into smart grid platforms.…

How safe is our electric grid?

“Though many Americans focus their terroristic worries on physical violence, such as bombings or shootings, an attack on the nation’s electric grid could have far worse repercussions. And it seems many are either not concerned or ignorant to the threat. Just last week, officials with the Department of Homeland Security and FBI revealed that Russian…
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