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FERC issues storage, reliability orders, calls conference on aggregated DERs

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued new orders on energy storage participation in wholesale power markets and frequency response services provided by generators. FERC directed regional grid operators to devise new tariffs for storage...


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Smarter energy management delivers reliability, efficiency and cost savings

Andy Low, Network Asia Summary Electrical power is essential. From the time when our alarm goes off in the morning to when we turn the lights off at night, we use electrical power. Residences, businesses, healthcare, community infrastructure and educational institutions all rely on power. In...


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Fuel cell CHP planned for Finnish district energy smart microgrid

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary A Finnish district energy smart microgrid is set to add to its renewable credentials with two fuel cell cogeneration systems. Fuel cell manufacturer Elcogen and fuel cell system developer Convion have agreed to develop and deliver the two ...


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E.ON to support energy park plans at Hunterston in UK

Press Release, Clean Technology Business Review E.ON stated that it will support the plans for a new multimodal centre for energy, manufacturing and logistics on Scotland's west coast at Hunterston. Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC), which includes one of the deepest ports on the UK’s...


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S&C Electric to exit storage business

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary After more than a decade producing storage systems, such as invertors, S&C Electric will exit the storage development business to focus on microgrids, Greentech Media reports. S&C deployed its first battery system in 2006. But since then the rate...


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Survey: Businesses have 'false sense of security' on low carbon transition

businessGreen Summary Many companies are taking action to improve energy efficiency, but far fewer are responding to new technologies such as battery storage, microgrids or CHP, new poll finds Many large corporations are limiting themselves to conventional approaches to climate change and...


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Experts: Innovative Financial Models Bolstering Rapid Growth of DERs

Sonal Patel, Power Magazine Summary The rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) is spawning new financing models that could send growth for the fledgling sector soaring, upending the power sector at an even more breakneck pace. Industry executives at Distributech 2018 in San...


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FERC Decision and Recognition of Microgrids - Time for an industry voice?

Robert Thornton, IDEA As we all know, on Monday January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a unanimous decision to terminate Docket No RM18-1-000, which addressed the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing (Proposed Rule), submitted to the Commission...


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Engie and Macquarie make joint investment in battery storage firm

Diarmaid Williams, Power Engineering International Summary Engie and Macquarie Group have come together to invest £3m in Newcastle, England-based battery storage firm Connected Energy. Connected Energy uses spent battery packs from electric vehicles to create on-site energy storage...


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Opportunity knocks for industrial energy users

Ralf Kortner, Decentralized Energy Summary The UK’s high intensive industrial energy consumers continue to face stubbornly excessive energy costs, ongoing carbon reduction commitments and future power supply uncertainties. Over 55 per cent of a current energy bill is made up of non...