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Tata, AutoGrid Partner on Smart Energy Management (Int'l. Report)
Tata Power, AutoGrid
Date: 2021-07-07
In New Delhi, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), which supplies electricity to a populace of over 7 million in North Delhi, is reporting a strategic partnership with Redwood City, California-based AutoGrid for deploying artificial intelligence (AI) based smart energy management system. The firms are undertaking a joint project in the area of residential "behavioural" demand response (DR), distributed energy resource management (DERMS), electric vehicles , virtual power plants (VPPs), energy storage optimization, flexibility management, forecasting, and renewable energy integration.

The pilot project aims to empower customers, by helping them understand their consumption patterns and evaluate the effectiveness of DR programs. Based on the acceptance and success of the pilot, the program will also be extended in a phased manner to the following areas:

  • Automated Demand Response leveraging Residential Air Conditioning Systems and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Commercial and Industrial sites

  • Integration of Energy Storage, Solar PV, Electrical Vehicles and other DERs for grid balancing and stabilization

  • Microgrids and Site Optimization for Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) applications

  • Commercial &Industrial Site optimization for Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS).

    To measure the acceptability of behavioural demand response programs and increase customer participation, the company will also provide incentives to customers based on the level of their participation in the pilot program. The results of the pilot will then be shared with the state regulator (DERC) to formulate appropriate incentives which can be applicable for all customers. (Source: AutoGrid, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: AutoGrid, www.auto-grid.com; Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid, www.tatapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  AutoGrid,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  Demand Response,  


  • Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-03-26
    A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

    To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and "demand response" programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods.

    The study says "the benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color."

    Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE. (Source: NREL, Mar., 2021) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Lab,  NREL,  Renewable Energy,  


    Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study (NREL Study Attached)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-03-24
    A just released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles has concluded L.A. can achieve 98 pct clean energy within the next decade and 100 pct by 2035.

    To meet that goal, the NREL report recommends: building solar farms, wind turbines and batteries as fast as possible; install solar panels on rooftops, electric cars in garages and electric heat pumps in homes; and invest in energy efficiency and “demand response” programs that pay people to use electricity during off-peak periods when solar and wind power are plentiful.

    The benefits would be immense: not only helping to counteract the climate crisis, but also slashing deadly air pollution from cars, trucks, power plants and gas furnaces, much of it concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, the report notes.

    Download the LA100: The Los Angeles 100 pct Renewable Energy Study HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL news,  Renewable Energy news,  


    Telkonet, EnPowered Expands Intelligent Energy Offering (Ind. Report)
    Telkonet
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Telkonet, Inc., creator of the EcoSmart platform of intelligent automation solutions to optimize energy efficiency and operational analytics for commercial markets, is reporting a new partnership with Waterloo, Ontario-based energy software developer EnPowered.

    Licensed as an electricity and natural gas provider across North America, EnPowered's software platform simplifies market participation and increases value to end-users. EnPowered combines regulatory expertise, load forecasting, and IoT enabling end-users to seamlessly participate directly in electricity markets, automating enrollment in peak-load shifting, peak shaving, or demand response programs, end-to-end energy awareness and improved energy management for building owners, according to the company website. (Source: Telkonet Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Telkonet, Bridget Donofrio, Marketing Manager, 414.302.2299 bdonofrio@telkonet.com, www.telkonet.com; EnPowered, Janine Scott Marketing and Communications Manager 888-280-0790, janine@getenpowered.com, www.GetEnPowered.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Telkonet ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Energy Software,  


    UK Solar, Battery Aggregator Plans Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Social Energy
    Date: 2021-01-29
    U.K.-based residential energy aggregator Social Energy reports it is planning an international expansion after receipt of "a significant investment" from Minneapolis-based alternative investment manager CarVal Investors.

    Social Energy offers low-cost energy to residential customers and sells solar and Duracell home battery systems then aggregates their output using an artificial intelligence-based metering system called the Social Energy Hub. Social Energy uses the aggregated capacity to offer services such as demand response and frequency response to U.K. electricity system operator National Grid ESO, and flexibility services to distribution system operators such as U.K. Power Networks.

    About 70 pct of the revenue from these services is split between Social Energy's customers, allowing the energy company to offer a faster payback than residential solar and battery owners would receive with a standard self-consumption model.

    In the U.K., Social Energy claims it can help residential customers save an average of £226 ($310) per year and has 6,300 U.K. customers, according to the company. (Source: Social Energy, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Social Energy, www.social.energy; CarVal Investors, www.carvalinvestors.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Social Energy ,  Solar,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Conn. Energy Storage Proposal Includes Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Conn. Green Bank
    Date: 2021-01-18
    Last week in New Britain, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority proposed a nine-year program of upfront incentives that will reduce the cost to purchase and install a storage system, which is typically paired with solar. The batteries must be tied to the grid and pre-programmed to automatically store and dispatch solar energy during summer peak periods.

    Customers who allow the utilities to actively dispatch their storage systems during demand response events would also receive compensation in the form of an annual performance incentive. The incentives are intended to drive the deployment of 580 MW of storage by 2030.

    The proposal, which allows for third-party ownership of the storage systems and leasing programs, directs the Conn. Green Bank and the the state's utilities to study how best to deliver systems to customers in economically distressed and environmental justice communities, in medical care facilities, in facilities deemed "critical" by public officials, and to those who live at the grid edge and typically experience longer outages.

    Under the proposal, upfront incentives, which will be administered by the Conn. Green Bank, will be set in three-year cycles. During the first cycle, the incentive would average around $3,750 per customer to start, with the highest incentives for low- to moderate-income households, then gradually decline in four step-downs to an average of $1,750. (Commercial and industrial customers are eligible as well.) The utilities will be able to recover the cost of the program through rates. (Source: Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, 860-827-1553. www.portal.ct.gov/PURA; Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey Dykes, VP Financing Programs, 860-563-0015, www.ctgreenbank.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Conn. Green Bank,  Energy Storage,  


    ClearTrace Raises $4Mn for Carbon Accounting Platform (Ind. Report)
    ClearTrace
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In the Lone Star State, Austin-based energy and carbon accounting software specialist ClearTrace reports it raised $4 million in Series A financing, led by Clean Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage climate tech innovations. Brookfield Renewable Partners and Clean Energy Venture Group also participated in the round.

    ClearTrace's carbon accounting platform enables auditable, 24/7 monitoring of energy generation and consumption. The platform creates verifiable digital records of energy usage, can track third party energy supply, financial power purchase agreements, demand response activities, and true multi-stakeholder management of behind-the-meter energy assets. (Source: ClearTrace, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: ClearTrace, Lincoln Payton, CEO, sales@cleartrace.io, www.cleartrace.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearTrace,  Carbon Accounting,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Management,  


    ENGIE, Hannon Armstrong Partner on Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    ENGIE, Hannon Armstrong
    Date: 2020-12-11
    Houston-headquartered ENGIE North America reports it is partnering with Annapolis, Maryland-based Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions, to jointly invest in a Distributed Generation (DG) portfolio of community solar and solar-plus-storage assets totaling roughly 70 MW in Massachusetts, Illinois, Vermont, California, Texas, and Arizona.

    The agreement will allow ENGIE to rely on committed capital by Hannon Armstrong through December 31, 2021 to finance DG assets across the U.S. ENGIE will retain partial ownership and provide development, construction, operational, asset management, and administrative services. Hannon Armstrong will provide capital to ENGIE through a unique structure that will bring efficiency to a forward flow of projects, leveraging tax equity financing through an upper-tier arrangement with Morgan Stanley.

    ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capabilities in the United States and Canada to help customers decarbonize, decentralize and digitalize their operations. These include comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense; clean power generation; energy storage; and retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options. Nearly 100 pct of the company's power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable

    NYSE-listed Hannon Armstrong provides capital to leading companies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable infrastructure markets. (Source: ENGIE North America, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: ENGIE North America, Sandrine Deparis, (202) 855 3705, sandrine.deparis@engie.com, www.engie-na.com Hannon Armstrong, Chad Reed, IR, (410) 571 6189, Investors@hannonarmstrong.com, www.hannonarmstrong.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Hannon Armstrong,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Solar+Storage ,  


    Willdan to Implement SDG&E Efficiency Programme (Ind. Report)
    Willdan,SDG&E
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the Golden State, US utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has selected Anaheim-headquartered Willdan for the design and implementation of a $42 million Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Programme that provides energy efficiency and demand response to small businesses with peak demand of less than 20KW.

    The programme includes technical assistance, direct installation and new financing vehicles tailored for very small customers.

    The programme includes a do-it-yourself installation option, the use of a new online platform to streamline programme delivery, and partnership with community-based organisations to assist hard-to-reach customers and customers located in disadvantaged communities.

    This is Willdan's first award through the California Investor-Owned Utilities' new, multi-stage competitive bidding process which aims to outsource 60 pct of their energy efficiency programmes to third-party implementers by the end of 2022. Willdan has provided energy efficiency and resource procurement programmes in Southern California since 2008. (Source: SDG&E, PR, Smart Energy, 27 Oct, 2020) Contact: Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, CEO, Stacy McLaughlin , CFO, 714-940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.willdan.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  SDG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  


    RI Launches Renewables-Energy Storage Incentives Pilot (Ind. Report)
    hode Island Office of Energy Resources
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) is reporting the launch of a new $1.5 million incentives pilot program for residential and commercial energy storage paired with renewable energy systems. Storage projects must also meet the technical requirements of National Grid's demand response program, called ConnectedSolutions, with the aim of ensuring all systems have the capabilities to participate in demand reductions during peak events and help reduce energy costs for Rhode Island electric customers.

    The incentive program is being made available through Rhode Island Commerce's Renewable Energy Fund and supported thanks to the state's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Incentives will be made available in four rounds between September 2020 and May 2021.

    Download program details HERE. (Source: RI Office of Energy Resources, PR, Contact: RI Office of Energy Resources, www.energy.ri.gov; Rhode Island Climate Change Program, www.climatechange.ri.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources ,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  RGGI,  


    Electriq Acquiring Energy Analytics Firm Lilypad Energy (M&A)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In the Golden State, San Leandro-based home energy storage, management, and monitoring solution specialist Electriq Power reports it will acquire Boston-based Lilypad Energy for an undisclosed sum.

    Lilypad Energy offers data analytics solutions for the energy industry, with focusing on battery energy storage applications. The company's software was designed to evaluate and assess revenue generation opportunities from interventional curtailment for demand response, ancillary services, and other forms of system balancing grid-services (Source: Electriq Power, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Electriq Power, CEO, Frank Magnotti, (855) 206-9462, info@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com; LilyPad Energy, hmeyer@lilypadenergy.com, www.lilypad.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power,  Lilypad Energy,  Energy Management,  


    CLEAResult Touts Virtual Assessment, Assurance Serv. (Ind Report)
    CLEAResult
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Austin, Texas-based utility energy efficiency program specialist CLEAResult reports it is bringing its Virtual Assessment and Assurance offering to market through a partnership with Streem, an award-winning technology firm and part of the Frontdoor portfolio of brands.

    The Virtual Assessment and Assurance remote-support platform enables professional energy consumption and energy efficiency assessments and post-assessment quality checks to be conducted remotely.

    CLEAResult is the largest provider of energy efficiency and demand response solutions in North America. The company's innovative technology has helped over 250 utilities change the way people use energy, according to the company release. CLEAResult is a portfolio company of the private equity firm TPG and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund led by TPG. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: CLEAResult, CEO Scott Boose. 888-812-6146 www. clearesult.com; Streem, Ryan Fink, www.angel.co/p/rynfnk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEAResult,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    ACEEE 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2020-02-24
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) just released 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the 52 largest U.S. electric utilities have dramatically increased their overall energy savings as they adopt innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities leading the way are National Grid Massachusetts and Eversource Massachusetts, which tied for first place for the second time, followed by San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, in that order. Rounding out the top 10 are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), DTE in Michigan, Portland General Electric, and Eversource CT in that order.

    The scorecard notes that, as a group, the utilities boosted their annual energy savings by 20 pct since 2015, saving almost 20 TWh of electricity in 2018 from programs administered that year -- enough to power 1.8 million homes.

    The report highlights the ways in which the utility landscape has transformed since 2015, the baseline for the 2017 scorecard. New technologies are emerging -- states, utilities, and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the important role of energy efficiency with more than 900 different efficiency programs in 2018, about 300 more than in 2015. Additionally, 32 utilities piloted new programs that involve smart thermostats, online marketplaces for energy-saving products, commercial energy efficiency financing, and integration of efficiency with other DERs such as demand response and storage.

    While overall energy savings increased, this upward trend was not universal, and seven utilities saw their energy savings decrease by more than 20 pct since 2015.

    The scorecard also found that, while there is increased focus on changing utility business models nationally, utilities are generally slow to change these models and are often reluctant to give customers access to energy usage data.

    The scorecard, which received no utility funding, increases the availability of utility-sector energy efficiency data to enable benchmarking and help utilities strengthen their programs. ACEEE focuses on the 52 largest electric utilities by retail sales volume, including all 51 utilities from its 2017 Scorecard, plus Tampa Electric.

    Download the 2020 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard at www.aceee.org/utility-scorecard. (Source: ACEEE, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Lockheed Unloading Distributed Energy Solutions Business (M&A)
    Lockheed Martin, TRC Companies
    Date: 2019-10-25
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered defense contractor Lockheed Martin reports it will sell its Distributed Energy Solutions (DES) line of business to Lowell, Mass.-based global consulting and engineering company TRC Companies. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    Lockheed Martin's DES business provides services in energy efficiency, demand response, beneficial electrification, distributed energy resource management, data analytics, IT and operational technology systems integration and operation, cybersecurity, cloud computing and web services to the utilities and other sectors. (Source: Lockheed Martin, Washington Technology, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, CEO,(202) 740-5997, Melissa.a.chadwick@lmco.com, www.lockheedmartin.com; TRC Companies, www.trccompanies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lockheed Martin,  Energy Efficiency,  


    AEP Accelerates CO2 Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
    American Electric Power
    Date: 2019-09-11
    In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is cutting carbon dioxide emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 pct from 2000 levels. The company's previous target was a 60 pct reduction from 2000 levels by 2030. The company will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050, according to a release.

    To that end, AEP will further invest in renewable generation and transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs. AEP's resource plans include adding more than 8,600 megawatts (MW) of new wind and solar generation to serve the company's regulated utility customers by 2030. Between 2019 and 2023, the company plans to invest approximately $2.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage and approximately $25 billion over the next 5 years in its transmission and distribution systems.

    To date, AEP has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 59 pct since 2000. (Source: AEP, PR, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: AEP Clean Energy Strategy, www.aep.com/investors/ESG .

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    NEC Announces New England Energy Storage Projects (Ind Report)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-08-21
    Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions reports it is partnering with New England municipalities to install six energy storage systems totaling more then 20MW in the communities of Madison, Ashburnham, Templeton, Wakefield, Middleton and Taunton.

    For the projects, NEC will supply its GSS Grid Storage and AEROS platforms to monitor and operate the energy storage plant in near real-time, a development which will help the utilities to improve demand response capabilities during peak periods. Three of the projects including Ashburnham, Templeton and Wakefield are partnering with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company as part of the company's peak load forecasting and remote dispatch programme.

    The projects are receiving funding from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) programme and the state Department of Energy Resources. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Smart Energy, 20 Aug., 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Utility-Scale Energy Storage,  NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  


    inteGRIDy Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (Ind Report)
    inteGRIDy
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Researchers from the EU-funded inteGRIDy -- Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies -- project report they've developed a cloud-based platform to reduce energy use in buildings and battery energy storage systems.

    Launched in 2017, inteGRIDy is running 10 pilot schemes in 8 European countries focused on electricity demand response, enhancing the operation of the distribution grid and energy storage.

    Download one of the 10 projects -- A Demonstration of an Integrated Battery Energy Storage System in Residential and Commercial Buildings -- HERE. (Source: Cordis News, July, 2019) Contact: inteGRIDy, www.integridy.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


    AutoGrid, ENERES Announce Virtual Power Plant Agreement (Ind. Report)
    AutoGrid, ENERES
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Redwood City, California-headquartered AutoGrid, the leader in flexibility management software for the energy industry, reports its latest project in Japan, which will be the largest storage-virtual power plant (VPP) in the world by asset volume. The project anticipates adding more than 10,000 assets to the VPP between 2020-2021, with rapid scaling in subsequent years.

    Under the partnership, AutoGrid will supply Japanese energy services and trading company ENERES Co., Ltd. with VPP and customer engagement software to aggregate, dispatch and market energy from demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DERs). The partnership will enable ENERES to combine DR resources into large enough blocks of energy to sell into capacity markets.

    AutoGrid will supply a custom-branded, cloud-based software solution that will allow ENERES to manage all aspects of the VPP, including program configuration, customer enrollment, monitoring and forecasting, event dispatch, event notifications, and measurement and verification (M&V). ENERES will use the AutoGrid Flex™ platform for AI-driven DER management, and it will use AutoGrid Engage™ to support customer marketing, signup and participation. AutoGrid's activity in Japan has increased as the new energy market's generation targets have driven rapid adoption of storage and as the industry races to integrate more renewable and storage into the mix to achieve 2030 goals.

    ENERES , a subsidiary of KDDI Corporation and an affiliate of Power Development Co., Ltd., will develop an "Energy as a Service" model that optimizes power for corporate power users, utilizing AI-driven management of distributed energy resources. including weather driven demand and power forecasting. www.eneres.co.jp (Source: AutoGrid, PR, 17 June, 2019) Contact: AutoGrid, . Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO, ,(415) 820-4176, www.auto-grid.com; ENERES, Masahiro Kobayashi, Pres., www.eneres.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AutoGrid,  ENERES,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


    Schneider Claims Improved Flexibility, Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports it is extending its line of PowerLogic EM4200 series Enercept energy and power meters to include five new meters, which join the previously announced line of Enercept Flex meters, to provide installers with enhanced application flexibility and options for retrofit applications.

    According to the Schneider release, the new products offer maximum versatility, flexibility and ease of installation for most retrofit applications and are easy to integrate with EcoStruxure Power and Energy Management solutions and building management system software for improved energy efficiency and savings.

    The EM4200 series Enercept meters are ideal for energy management, tenant sub-billing and demand response applications and when installed, automatically integrate with Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure™ Power and Energy Management solutions via auto-detect software to provide building managers with data that can improve energy efficiency by up to 20 pct. The meters are compatible with other building management system (BMS) software and are equipped with BACnet® and Modbus® protocols. The EM4200 series Enercept meters can quickly correct installation errors directly from BMS software, improving maintenance, installation and downtime costs.

    EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric's open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform that leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in more than 480,000 sites, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through more than 40 digital services. (Source: Schneider Electric, 25 May, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Mark Nolan, Director, Offer Management and Marketing, www.schneider-electric.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SCE Touts Major Energy Storage Resources Acquisition (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the Golden State, Southern California Edison (SCE) reports it has secured seven contracts for 195 MW of battery-based energy storage resources as a means of meeting local capacity requirements in the Santa Clara sub-area.

    SCE noted the resources include demand response and energy storage resources , one of which will become one of North America's largest operational lithium-ion battery systems when it comes online in December 2020. (Source: Southern California Edison, Energy Insider, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Southern California Edison, Colin Cushnie, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Lithium-ion,  Southern California Edison,  SoCalEd,  Energy Storage,  


    Sungrow Debuts Solar Energy Storage System (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Sungrow
    Date: 2019-04-22
    China-headquartered solar inverter and energy storage system (ESS) specialist Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd reports the official North American debut of its fully Integrated Energy Storage System Solution and DC Coupled PV & Storage System Solutions at ESA's Annual Energy Storage Conference & Expo held recently in Phoenix, Arizona.

    As one of the first on the US market to offer high-power capabilities, ST556KWH-250 features four units of 60kW modules which enables flexible design to customize system capacity and module quantity. The main innovation behind the new ESS solution is its integration with Samsung's latest E3 Battery to obtain a smaller size and higher energy densities, along with minimized on-site labor and wiring. The units can be widely used in multiple applications, including peak shaving, demand response and micro-grid. (Source: Sungrow, PR, Renewables, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Sungrow, Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, +86 551 6532 7834, info@sungrow.cn, www.en.sungrowpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungrow,  PV,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


    IUB OK's Alliant Energy Efficiency Program Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Alliant,Iowa Utilities Board
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Meeting in Des Moines earlier this week, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reported it approved the energy efficiency plans for Black Hills Energy, Liberty Utilities as well as Alliant Energy's 5-year, $237.6 million strategy for energy efficiency and demand response offerings.

    Alliant's plan, which will be available as of 1 April, will help save customers $180 million over 5 years will be followed by a reduction in energy efficiency charges starting with June bills. Alliant's total efficiency budget under the plan is approximately $126.6 million for electric energy efficiency programs, $16.2 million for natural gas efficiency. add $94.8 million for demand response programs.

    The IUB permitted Alliant to alter the incentives it provides for large commercial and industrial peak reduction, including reducing a monthly credit, but rejected a proposal to increase penalties for program participants who do not reduce demand. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, Alliant, Utility Dive, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, (515) 725-7300, https://iub.iowa.gov; Alliant Energy Corp., www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant,  Energy Efficiency,  Demand Response ,  


    Axiom Exergy Touts Cold Storage Grid Services (Ind. Report)
    Axiom Exergy
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Richmond, California-headquartered power management services specialist Axiom Exergy reports it is working with San Francisco-based energy technology company Leap, an aggregator of flexible loads to the California Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) market, to unlock grid services revenue for its customers, including three Whole Foods Market facilities in Northern California.

    Axiom Exergy provides turnkey, fully-financed power management "as-a-service" to portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings with large thermal loads. Its cloud-based platform uses predictive analytics and optional thermal energy storage capacity to intelligently "shape" a customer's load profile by modulating refrigeration, cooling, and/or heating systems. (Source: Axiom Exergy PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Axiom Energy, Amrit Robbins, CEO, www.axiomexergy.com

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    NY Offers $15.5Mn for Value Stack Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of as much as $15.5 million in funding for commercial projects that show the benefits of value stacking -- capturing several different revenue streams from one project -- distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid.

    The solicitation seeks real-world commercial projects that offer approaches to value stacking that are scalable and are replicable. The projects may provide value to retail electric customers, distributed generation, utilities, and the New York State Independent System Operator. Funding will be available for feasibility studies and proposals.

    The projects must support New York State's goals for Reforming the Energy Vision policies, renewable generation and greenhouse gas reduction. More specifically, NYSERDA seeks proposals that: reduce the intermittency of solar and wind energy; avoid or delay the need for new electric system infrastructure; increase system efficiency and resiliency; reduce the requirement for fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand; or compliment demand response and energy efficiency measures within buildings. The RFP is available on NYSERDA's website. (Source: NYSERDA, Microgrid Knowledge, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    NYPA OKs $600Mn Energy Efficiency Finance Credit Line (Ind. Report)
    New York Power Authority
    Date: 2018-12-19
    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports its board of trustees has approved a $600 million revolving credit facility to support the Authority's issuance of commercial, short-term paper notes to support its present customer energy-efficiency programs.

    NYPA offers various energy-efficiency programs for its customers, including universities, municipalities, school districts and largest cities. The NYPA programs are design-build energy project services, digital energy management and demand response capabilities.

    The new revolving credit facility will replace an existing revolving credit agreement set to expire on Jan. 18. NYPA currently has $531 million of series 1, 2 and 3 commercial paper notes outstanding to support numerous projects across the Empire State.

    NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines (Source: NYPA, Niagara Frontier Publications, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

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    SimpliPhi Debuts Scalable Energy Storage Unit (New Prod & Tech)
    SimpliPhi Power
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Ojai, California-headquartered SimpliPhi Power is introducing a dynamic and scalable PHI High Voltage energy storage solution for commercial and industrial applications. The product offers the ability to tailor voltage, capacity and power output for project-specific performance and supports greater control and reliability without toxic coolants or thermal monitoring to achieve peak shaving, load shifting, emergency back-up and demand response functions.

    PHI High Voltage stacks feature modular battery building blocks that can be sized and scaled and installed without heavy equipment, instead of the one-size-fits-all, large, cumbersome battery banks common in other C&I offerings. (Source: SimpliPhi Power, PR, Solar Builder, Oct., 2018) Contact: SimpliPhi Power, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, (805) 640-6700, www.Simpliphipower.com

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    EnerNOC Now EnelX (Ind. Report)
    EnerNOC,EnelX
    Date: 2018-10-01
    In the Bay State, Boston-based EnelX, the Enel Group's advanced energy services division, is reporting its US subsidiary EnerNOC, Inc., has been rebranded to Enel X and integrated into Enel's advanced energy solutions in North America. Under one brand, the company will offer expertise and an expanded suite of energy services including energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy advisory services.

    Enel X in North America partners with companies to provide integrated, sustainable energy solutions to optimize and monetize their energy use. (Source: EnelX, 1 Oct., 2018)Contact: EnerNOC, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com: EnelX www.enelx.com

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