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California Governor Brown signs demand response bill

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:57 -- Laura Varriale
demand response bill in California passed

California’s Governor Jerry Brown has passed a demand response (DR) legislation that accelerates the use of DR programmes in the state.

DR programmes enable energy consumers to manage their consumption in an energy efficient and cost-effective way. The bill is also aimed to help the Californian state to meet its growing electricity needs.

The Public Utilities Commission now can consider demand response management in planning how to balance and ensure reliability for the state's power grid. Currently, DR programmes are administered by California’s three regulated investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. The utilities also rely on third-party operators to enroll customers in certain DR programmes.

"Demand response programs will not only enable Californians to get rebates in exchange for reducing their electricity use during times of peak energy demand, but will reduce the need for costly and polluting power plants that run only when there is peak demand for electricity,” said Senator Lois Wolk, author of the bill.

"As California continues to modernize its power grid and grow its economy, EDF hopes to see the rest of the nation follow suit to advance the innovative technologies needed to create cleaner, more efficient, and more affordable power," said EDF attorney and California senior manager Lauren Navarro-Treichler.

Power supplier EDF was lobbying for bill 1414 and emphasised the need to build a more resilient low-carbon electricity system.

EnerVault adds Denis Giorno to board of directors

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:48 -- Laura Varriale
Denis Giorno added to EnerVault board of directors

California-based energy storage firm EnerVault has appointed Denis Giorno to its board of directors.

Giorno currently works as CEO and president for Total Gas & Power New Energies USA. He joined the company 1975 and has held numerous, international management positions within the Total group.

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Southern California Edison commissions 32MWh lithium energy storage system

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:08 -- Editor
Tehachapi

Southern California Edison (SCE) commissioned the largest lithium-ion battery storage system in North America on 24 September at its Monolith substation in Tehachapi, California.

The utility plans on running the 8MW/32MWh facility for the next two year to test the performance of the batteries in real-world conditions. It will also test how to automate and integrate the operations of the storage facility and its power onto the grid.

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First stage of California energy storage target to be “all procured” – Commissioner

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:49 -- Editor
Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission

The first stage of California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) flagship energy storage target will be fully procured, according to the Commissioner responsible for its implementation.

In October 2013 CPUC approved a mandate requiring the state’s three large investor-owned utilities – Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric - to procure 1.325GW of energy storage by 2020. CPUC will issue in December its first competitive solicitation for the scheme, and with 136MW up for grabs demand is expected to be strong.

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BioSolar and UCSB team up for "low-cost" supercapacitors to store solar power

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:24 -- Laura Varriale
supercapacitor

California’s energy storage firm BioSolar and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) are to partner for the development of polymer-based supercapacitors.

The partners aim to develop supercapacitors for reducing the cost of storing energy from solar power.

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'No upfront cost' energy storage provider Stem secures $100m

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:35 -- Laura Varriale
Stem Energy Storage

California-based commercial and industrial energy storage provider Stem has secured up to $100m working capital to finance its 'no upfront cost' installations. 

The $100m funding is being provided through affiliates of B Asset Manager, an investment adviser based in New York City.

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Primus Power names vice president of business and sales unit

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:28 -- Laura Varriale
Richard Brody, new vice president at Primus Power

Californian energy storage company Primus Power has appointed Richard J. Brody as vice president of business development and sales.

Before joining Primus Power, Brody led product, market and partnership initiatives for SustainX, a developer of isothermal compressed air energy storage systems. Previous to his position at SustainX, he worked for PowerGenix and served as Russia Foreign Policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in the White House focusing on international technology policy.

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A microgrid on the rocks: 1900kWh microgrid project on Alcatraz

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:03 -- Laura Varriale
Alcatraz Island

Princeton Power Systems has celebrated the two-year operation of its commercial scale microgrid system on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, US.

The New Jersey energy storage company installed 400kW of solar panels on the roof of the former San Francisco prison on the island and integrated the PV system with a 400kW lead-acid battery bank, two diesel generators, controllers and inverters. The system meets 60% of the island’s electricity demand.

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NASA funds “game changer” energy storage projects

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:43 -- Laura Varriale
NASA flywheel

NASA has selected four energy storage proposals that may be used to power future space missions.

The four project proposals aim to develop power-generating and storage systems that are reliable and able to work under hostile conditions in space.

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CALEB and CalBattery to form li-ion battery JV

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:30 -- Laura Varriale
CalBattery

Los Angeles-based CALEB Technology (CALEB) and California Lithium Battery (CalBattery) have teamed up to build next-gen lithium-ion batteries.

The joint venture (JV) is set to produce a line of “ultra-high” performance lithium-ion batteries for consumer electronics, power tools and electric vehicles (EV).

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