Batteries

Breaking Down Subsidies for Fossil Fuels: How Much Are We Really Spending?

A new report from the International Monetary Fund shows that countries around the world spent $5.2 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2017. That’s half a trillion dollars more than in 2015. But it also shows that fossil fuel subsidy spending is down by half since 2012. What gives? How much ar ...

US Wind Industry’s Response to Solar’s Rise: Embrace It

Onshore wind is the largest and cheapest source of renewable power in the U.S. today, but solar is catching up quickly. No one is more aware of that urgent reality than the wind industry itself. Renewables markets long dominated by wind, including Texas, are set for a wave of solar projects over ...

SunPower Fleshes Out Future Vision as an Energy Services Company

After a string of big losses, SunPower is working to overhaul its business and financials. In September, the California-based solar manufacturer and development company officially exited utility-scale development, and following its Q1 earnings call this month CEO Tom Werner told Greentech Media t ...

Xcel Energy Fast-Forwards Minnesota Coal Plant Closures but Extends Nuclear Window

Xcel Energy plans to close its last two coal-fired power plants in Minnesota by 2030, a decade earlier than scheduled, while keeping its nuclear power plants running through at least 2040 — the latest step in the eight-state utility’s plan to reach 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2 ...

As Coal Retires in PJM, Why Aren’t Renewables Filling the Vacuum?

Interconnection queue requests across all the major North American markets show that over 90 percent of new requests now consist of solar, wind and storage. This is the result of state-level policies and declining costs.  Even in PJM, where natural gas has dominated the generation queue, new req ...

Engie Acquires Genbright to Unlock More Value From Distributed Storage and Solar Portfolio

Engie North America has built a big portfolio of distributed energy projects across the U.S., ranging from more than 75 megawatts of behind-the-meter battery systems from Engie Storage (formerly Green Charge Networks), to the hundreds of megawatts of commercial solar projects in the works from th ...

Digital Electrification: Less Waste, More Capacity

One potentially huge contributor to decarbonization of the economy could come from dramatic efficiency gains obtainable from digitally improving the power quality of electricity, as it is being generated, transmitted & being consumed.   The enabling technology is emerging from developments in com ...

Wind Living in Solar’s World: A Strategy for the US Wind Industry

Wind’s fight with fossil fuel is transitioning to crafting a strategy to cope with solar. As the energy transition unfolds in the United States, it introduces new power market dynamics that fundamentally favor solar power over wind. Solar power represents the largest threat to the U.S. wind in ...

10 Mistakes I’ve Made Selling and Installing Battery Storage Systems

Upcoming electric rate changes in parts of the U.S. mean that almost every home and business here will eventually benefit from a battery connected to their solar system. These combined systems provide tangible economic benefits: time-shifting energy use, energy arbitrage, preserving the benefits ...

UK Battery Startup Moixa Lands $11M From Honda and Itochu

U.K. startup Moixa, which has megawatts' worth of behind-the-meter batteries in the U.K. and Japan running on its distributed energy management software, has landed an £8.6 million ($11.1 million) venture capital round led by EV-as-grid-asset partner, Honda.  Monday’s investment also includ ...