Articles tagged with: California

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Time to take virtual power plants seriously: Swell Energy creates asset class from customer assets

13 Apr 2021, 06:24 • By Andy Colthorpe
Time to take virtual power plants seriously: Swell Energy creates asset class from customer assets

As society moves away from centralised fossil fuel generators to increasing shares of distributed renewable energy resources, the idea that customers’ homes could become host to virtual power plants (VPPs), joining the dots between electricity supply and demand across the grid, has gradually gathered traction. Andy Colthorpe speaks with Suleman Khan CEO of Swell Energy, which has raised nearly half a billion dollars in financing for solar-plus-storage VPPs in 14,000 homes across California, New York and Hawaii.

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Texas Winter Storm highlights the importance of battery storage for telecom networks

17 Mar 2021, 13:20 • By Ricardo F. Rodriguez
Texas Winter Storm highlights the importance of battery storage for telecom networks

This year's Winter Storm Uri caused havoc in Texas, particularly in the energy sector, where extreme weather and a resultant set of generation problems and transmission grid issues led to loss of power and even loss of life across the US state. Ricardo F. Rodriguez, a senior consultant from analysis and research group Guidehouse looks at another aspect of the situation: the impact on the state's telecommunications infrastructure and how battery energy storage could provide a greater degree of certainty and resilience to this vital network.

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Stepping on the gas: Can solar-plus-storage turn the tide in the US?

10 Feb 2021, 16:10 • By Andy Colthorpe
Stepping on the gas: Can solar-plus-storage turn the tide in the US?

With coal on its way out and decarbonisation across many parts of the US now an integral part of state level policies, could the demise of natural gas be the next step? Gas is seen by many as an interim solution in the energy transition and provides flexibility to energy networks that have adopted a greater share of renewables, but the tide could be turning against this last great dinosaur of the fossil age.

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US energy storage in 2021: Notes from a maturing industry

25 Jan 2021, 08:45 • By Andy Colthorpe
US energy storage in 2021: Notes from a maturing industry

The US energy storage industry remained “remarkably resilient” during what most of us have found to be a difficult year - to say the least. Andy Colthorpe speaks with Key Capture Energy’s CEO Jeff Bishop and FlexGen’s COO Alan Grosse - two companies that made 2020 one of growth in their energy storage businesses - to hear what lessons can be learned and why economics rule.