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How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

16 Nov 2017, 16:13 • By Ted Ko
How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

We often hear about California's leading position in solar and latterly in energy storage. Perhaps lesser known than direct policy support for energy storage and renewable technologies is the way California's network operator (CAISO) is starting to reconfigure how it procures demand response, with a positive impact for energy storage - and particularly behind-the-meter assets, as Ted Ko, policy director of Stem, explains.

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What information are investors looking for when it comes to energy storage?

What information are investors looking for when it comes to energy storage?

30 Oct 2017, 14:48
• By Philipp Lobnig

Having been subject to discussion for years within the academic sphere, energy storage projects have become a topic of high interest to energy sector focused investors in recent years. Philipp Lobnig of E-nable+, an online platform connecting energy projects with investors, offers his views on the key questions these investors should be asking.

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Interviews

Quantifying the UK’s energy storage ‘world of opportunity’

25 Oct 2017, 16:47 • By Andy Colthorpe
Quantifying the UK’s energy storage ‘world of opportunity’

Chris Pritchett of UK law firm Foot Anstey recently served as moderator for the “Developers and financiers debate” at the Energy Storage Conference at the Solar & Storage Live 2017 show in England. Afterwards, Andy Colthorpe caught up with Chris for an in-depth interview on camera.

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Editor's blog

EFR: Inside Vattenfall’s first grid-balancing UK project

25 Oct 2017, 12:07 • By David Pratt
EFR: Inside Vattenfall’s first grid-balancing UK project

No one moment took energy storage into the mainstream of the UK power system more than the outcome of National Grid’s August 2016 tender for Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR). Reporter David Pratt examines the business case behind Vattenfall's first EFR project and asks what grid operators and regulators' next moves are likely to be.

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Interviews

Navigant on energy storage as ‘non-wires’ alternative for utilities and grid operators

16 Oct 2017, 15:30 • By Andy Colthorpe
Navigant on energy storage as ‘non-wires’ alternative for utilities and grid operators

One of the ‘value of energy storage’ questions that was being asked a lot two or three years ago was around the use of batteries and decentralised system architecture instead of traditional “poles and wires” grid networks. However, advancements in this area have been slow to materialise and Navigant Research’s recent ‘Energy Storage for Transmission and Distribution Deferral’ report sought to fill the knowledge gap. Andy Colthorpe took the opportunity to ask lead author Alex Eller three quick questions around the topic.

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Editor's blog

How Tesla and Vivint are taking different paths to the ‘one stop shop’ destination

10 Oct 2017, 16:35 • By Andy Colthorpe
How Tesla and Vivint are taking different paths to the ‘one stop shop’ destination

What does it mean to be all things to all people? Does it overstretch resources to breaking point, or does it give you a chance to cast a wider net and capture market share? Vivint Solar recently joined Tesla in a race to offer whole packages including solar, storage, EV charging and other components to US customers. We talked to GTM Research's Brett Simon on some of the dynamics of those parallel strategies.

Interviews
How to field questions from billion dollar investors, with Jigar Shah

How to field questions from billion dollar investors, with Jigar Shah

20 Sep 2017, 16:29
• By Andy Colthorpe

Solar entrepreneur and financier Jigar Shah probably requires little introduction. The SunEdison founder and former CEO is now president at Generate Capital, a project financing venture for sustainable infrastructure investment. Shah spoke with Andy Colthorpe about Generate Capital’s latest solar-plus-storage projects for a school district in California, as well as sharing his thoughts on the economics of energy storage today.

Analysis
Dispatchable solar, strong growth to come: An analyst’s take on Middle East’s energy storage future

Dispatchable solar, strong growth to come: An analyst’s take on Middle East’s energy storage future

31 Jul 2017, 15:00
• By Andy Colthorpe

Interest in energy storage in the Middle East is ‘ramping up significantly’, as we reported last week in an extract from this interview with IHS Markit analyst Julian Jansen. His firm is forecasting 1.8GW of energy storage for the region by 2025 – from an installed base of next-to-nothing today. Jansen talked us through some of the drivers, market dynamics and the general picture of what we might see developing.

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How solar, energy storage could benefit from the UK’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

How solar, energy storage could benefit from the UK’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

26 Jul 2017, 10:41
• By Liam Stoker

Earlier this week the UK government and energy regulator Ofgem published a strategy for a modernised, smart and flexible power system, the result of an eagerly anticipated response to last year’s Smart Power Call for Evidence. Liam Stoker takes a deep dive to examine the implications for solar and energy storage of this major undertaking.

Analysis
Grid defection gains ground in Europe as consumers seek energy cost reduction

Grid defection gains ground in Europe as consumers seek energy cost reduction

24 Jul 2017, 11:59
• By Julian Jansen

On the back of rapidly decreasing costs for energy storage and solar photovoltaics (PV), consumers wishing to achieve a low-cost and reliable supply of power are considering grid defection—or at least, partial grid-defection—as an increasingly attractive alternative. Julian Jansen, analyst at IHS looks at the economics of grid defection in Europe today and in the future - and how its proliferation could impact the energy industry as a whole.

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Europe’s electric bus market in transformational growth mode

Europe’s electric bus market in transformational growth mode

17 Jul 2017, 12:19
• By Anil Srivastava

In Europe the number of e-buses in circulation is far smaller than in China, which accounts for 98% of the world's fleets. However, the market is entering a period of rapid growth. This comes with significant challenges for batteries, Anil Srivastava of Leclanché writes.

Interviews
Investment masterclass Q&A: Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners - Part II

Investment masterclass Q&A: Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners - Part II

6 Jul 2017, 10:39
• By Andy Colthorpe

Welcome to Part 2 of our in-depth talk with Nancy Pfund, managing partner at DBL Partners, a venture capital firm specialising in companies and start-ups that offer both rewarding financial returns and positive social impacts. As well as being one of the earliest backers to Tesla and SolarCity, to utility-scale solar tracker company NEXTracker to Off-Grid Electric, which deploys solar in rural Africa; to others in energy storage like Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Primus Power, Pfund is extremely well-placed to offer a quick Q&A ‘masterclass’ in energy storage investing.

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Energy storage investment masterclass: Q&A with Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners

Energy storage investment masterclass: Q&A with Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners

4 Jul 2017, 12:00
• By Andy Colthorpe

Nancy Pfund is managing partner at DBL Partners, a venture capital firm which specialises in investing in companies and start-ups that offer both rewarding financial returns, and positive social impacts. There have been some serious clean tech companies in DBL’s portfolio, including a pre-IPO investment in Tesla. With this in mind, we spoke to Nancy about how to invest in energy storage wisely and heard her views on the waves of the future. Part 2 to be published tomorrow.

Guest blog
Energy storage and solar - a lawyer’s perspective

Energy storage and solar - a lawyer’s perspective

26 Jun 2017, 11:57
• By Elizabeth Reid

Energy storage is the next obvious addition to solar plants in the UK. Elizabeth Reid of law firm Bird & Bird takes a look at some of the drivers, opportunities - and regulatory obstacles.

Analysis
UK grid-scale storage: A fast-moving pipeline

UK grid-scale storage: A fast-moving pipeline

6 Jun 2017, 16:08
• By Lauren Cook

With the UK’s Renewables Obligation now closed for large solar projects, energy storage takes the position of the most active sector in the UK energy market. As with any new technology, we have seen a lot of build up over the past few years, with much speculation about when the utility-scale market will take off, and how big it will be. Analyst Lauren Cook takes a deep dive.