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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Utilities

Utilities


Inside Construction of the World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery Storage Facility

Utility Dive, Dec. 6, 2016, by Gavin Bade.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/inside-construction-of-the-worlds-largest-lithium-ion-battery-storage-faci/431765/

"SDG&E's 120 MWh Escondido storage project will help mitigate a natural gas shortage in southern CaliforniaWhen completed, the larger, 120 MWh project is expected to be the single biggest lithium ion battery in service on a utility grid in the world. Both battery facilities are expected to be online by the end of January 2017 — nothing short of miraculous in an industry where deploying assets, especially newfangled technologies, can take years."

Northwest Again Leads Nation in Energy Efficiency Investments

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Nov. 18, 2016, by John Harrison.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/energy-efficiency-2015-survey-results/

"Based on the results of a new regional survey, the Council reported this month that the Pacific Northwest has reduced demand for electricity by 1,739 average megawatts over the last six years — enough saved electricity to meet the annual power demand of 1.25 million homes and avoid the need to build four new average-size natural gas-fired power plants."

The Top 10 Utility Regulatory Commission Issues of 2016

Utility Dive, Nov. 28, 2016, by Krysti Shallenberger.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-10-utility-regulatory-commission-issues-of-2016/431164/

"From rate design to grid modernization and storage, state utility regulators had their hands full in 2016."

How Spokane Is Building a Smart City From the Grid Out, With Transactive Energy Included

GreenTech Media, Nov. 14, 2016, by Jeff St. John.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/squared/read/how-spokane-is-building-a-smart-city-from-the-ground-up-with-transactive-en

"Spokane, a city of some 210,000 people in the foothills of eastern Washington state, is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about cutting-edge smart city deployments, or the latest efforts in transactive energy. But utility Avista and smart metering giant Itron want it to earn its place on that map."

A 'Turning Point' for DERs? Utilities, Vendors Praise New NARUC Rate Design Manual

Utility Dive, Nov. 17, 2016, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/a-turning-point-for-ders-utilities-vendors-praise-new-naruc-rate-design/430621/

"Distributed energy resources remain a small part of most utilities' fuel mixes, but that could be transformed by a new manual about how utilities can use them. If electric utility regulators follow the recommendations for how to design rates and compensate distributed energy resources (DER), utilities and DER providers could together transform these new technologies from solely customer-serving resources into providers of services to the larger grid. "

Energy Efficiency Financing: Barriers and Opportunities in the Small Utility Market

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nov. 1, 2016, by Christine Grant and Patrick Keegan.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/energy-efficiency-financing-barriers-and-opportunities-in-the-small-utility-market.pdf

"High upfront costs and a lack of easily accessible financing are commonly cited as the key barriers to investments in energy efficiency (EE). If designed and implemented optimally, EE financing can be an important tool for catalyzing EE market transformation."

Oregon Utility Targets Energy Efficiency, Demand Response [PGE]

Utility Dive, Nov. 17, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/oregon-utility-targets-energy-efficiency-demand-response/430645/

"Portland General Electric has filed its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, outlining a strategy that focuses on energy efficiency and customer-side demand response, in the next four years, while also leaning on natural gas to replace coal."

How Residential Utility Programs Could Reach More Diverse Households

ACEEE, Nov. 13, 2016, by Marti Frank.
http://aceee.org/blog/2016/11/how-residential-utility-programs

"Many energy efficiency programs are designed around measures rather than people. These “untargeted” programs focus on meeting energy savings and cost-effectiveness goals, and are ostensibly impartial about the characteristics of the households that receive the offering. Our new examination of program demographics shows how, in practice, untargeted programs often limit participant diversity."

9 Subtleties of Grid Storage Revealed

The Energy Collective, Oct. 28, 2016, by Xavier Moreau.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/xmoreau/2391089/9-subtleties-of-grid-storage-revealed

"Storing MWh of electricity in a battery at grid scale is not trivial because it requires a set of connected equipment and software that operate together: battery cells, power electronics, sensors, fire protection, telecommunication, relays, switchgears, controlling computer and software to name a few. Furthermore this system must be optimized along four dimensions: energy (quantity of electricity to be stored, i.e. MWh), power (flow of electricity, i.e. MW), chemistry (how electrons will actually be withheld, e.g. LiOn), and usage (charging/discharging cycles and ageing patterns over system life time)."

PUD Invests $11.2 Million in Energy-Storing Units [SnoPUD]

HeraldNet, Nov. 2, 2016, by Dan Catchpole.
http://www.heraldnet.com/news/pud-invests-in-11-2-million-in-energy-storing-units/

"Don’t be deceived: They look like shipping containers. But the rows of massive metal boxes could contain the utility industry’s future. At least, that’s the hope of officials at the Snohomish County Public Utility District, which is installing a huge battery system near downtown Everett. The district’s goal for the $11.2 million project is to make energy storage cheaper and more flexible for utilities."
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