The Business Energy Edge

How Aggregated Storage Can Help Utilities Create a 'New Kind of Demand Response'

Gov. Jerry Brown of California is encouraging people to look at demand response in a whole new way. With his push for use of 50% renewables by 2030, a pilot is underway in the state to install battery storage on customer sites. That way, customers aren’t forced to decrease their energy use during periods of peak usage. Instead, they rely on the battery storage when electricity is most expensive and during demand response periods.

California is among one of a handful of states experimenting with ways to boost grid efficiency and cost savings for customers. For example, in Texas, concepts are in the works to enhance the grid through distributed resources similar to California. The looming challenge comes with how to regulate the process for grid operators while ensuring market participation.


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Innovations of the Energy Future: Startup Gives Standard Motor a Facelift

It really is possible to build a better mousetrap. Take Missouri start-up QM Power, for example, who teamed up with the Department of Energy to reimagine the standard motor. The motor as we know it hadn’t changed significantly since the 1700s. But this company was persistent in their attempts to redesign the motor in an effort to cut down a commercial facility’s energy use by a whopping 50-80%.

Why is this relevant? This company identified a significant efficiency gap (70% of a building’s energy use is tied to the use of fans, compressors and pumps) and challenged themselves to find a new way to solve the problem. Innovation truly makes a difference when it helps people solve problems they didn’t know existed.

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Three Northeast states make the 2014 list of top 10 solar capacity installations

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Massachusetts surpassed Hawaii in solar capacity installations in 2014. Shocked? Don’t be. A variety of factors are at play when it comes to a state’s adoption rate of solar technology – from tax incentives to pressures to meet increasingly stringent environmental standards.

Check out the SEIA infographic for a snapshot of who led the U.S. in terms of solar installations, solar capacity per capita and even the number of solar jobs by state (IGS’ home state of Ohio makes the top 10 list!)

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  • From 2008 to 2030, world energy consumption is expected to increase more than 55%
  • Solar energy could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050
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