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

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

16 Oct 2017, 15:30
• By Andy Colthorpe

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

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

10 Oct 2017, 16:35
• By Andy Colthorpe

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.