Category Archives: Energy Storage

A Night to Remember – NECEC/MIT Enterprise Forum Mass Cleantech Landscape 2020

March 25, 2020 / Jill Feblowitz / Circular Economy, Energy Storage, Smart Water, Start-ups, WInd

Back for a second year, the Mass Cleantech Landscape was filled to overflowing. This time around NECEC co-led together with the event founder MIT Enterprise Forum Cleantech Committee. The evening was sponsored by Foley Hoag and MassCEC. In addition to lots of time for networking, there were three highlights this year – 1) presentations by Cleantech support organizations and their startup “graduates”, 2) insights from […]

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Austin Energy wants to understand V2G

March 25, 2020 / Jill Feblowitz / Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Vehicles, Energy Sharing, Energy Storage

Austin Energy (AE) recently announced that it will work with the Pecan Street project to test Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology, adding to an increasing number of V2G pilots globally. In addition to providing insights for grid management, V2G has the potential to provide flexible resources and a way to meet clean energy objectives. Whether or not […]

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Deploying analytics as EV penetration increases

March 25, 2020 / Jill Feblowitz / Data and Analytics, Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, New Business Models

Once a niche product, EVs are coming into the mainstream. In the United States, registrations for EVs have grown at an astronomical 55% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011 to 2016 . According to a recent AAA survey, one in five U.S. drivers desires an EV for their next car. For utilities, EVs offer […]

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ARPA-E Dodges a Bullet

September 5, 2018 / Jill Feblowitz / Distributed Energy Resources, DOE Programs, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Integrating Renewables, Microgrids, Virtual Power Plants

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) was created to provide access to funding for energy industry innovation. With the signing of the U.S. spending bill, ARPA-E dodged a bullet. This is a good thing for utilities. Despite the common misconception that the agency is about only renewable companies, utilities and manufacturers also have benefited from ARPA-E. […]

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Next-Gen Flexibility is The Mantra for Grid 3.0

July 7, 2017 / Jill Feblowitz / Demand Response, Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, DOE Programs, Energy Storage, Integrating Renewables, Microgrids, New Business Models, Regulation

For most veterans of the utility industry, discussions about the next generation distribution grid hearken back to the 1990s with the introduction of deregulation and wholesale markets. Today’s “future” represents an even greater departure. What’s new is the rapidly rising penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) and the presence of variable renewable generation. Then too, there […]

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Paying Attention to Utility T&D Storage

September 13, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Energy Storage

The utility industry is just beginning to discover energy storage’s potential to meet the needs of markets, grid operations and customers. Technology has advanced and prices dropped and are expected to continue to do so. Regulation, funding and the penetration of renewables have tremendous influence on utilities’ commitment, experimentation and planning. Representatives from three utilities-Southern California Edison […]

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