US grid modernization; momentum builds in third quarter

Published on: November 10, 2017 6:19 amBy: ESJ

Regulatory changes in the offing

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center released its Q3 2017 edition of The 50 States of Grid Modernization on November1. The quarterly series looks at US state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reforms, energy storage, microgrids, and demand response.

The overall picture is that momentum behind the transition away from a carbon based energy economy into one that incorporates renewables and energy storage is picking up — if, as perhaps should be expected, in a disparate and occasionally faltering rate between states.

The report finds that 33 states and Washington DC took some type of action on grid modernization during Q3 2017.

Specifically, the report found that:

  • 38 state or utility proposals in 21 states to implement demand response programs or deploy advanced metering infrastructure, smart grid technologies, microgrids, or energy storage were pending or decided.
  • 20 states considered or enacted changes to policies related to grid modernization, including energy storage targets and clean peak standards.
  • 19 states plus Washington DC took action to study or investigate grid modernization, energy storage, demand response, or rate reform.
  • 15 states plus four regional transmission organizations considered changes to utility planning processes or rules enabling market access.
  • 12 states plus Washington DC took action related to utility business model or rate reforms.
  • Seven states considered adopting new incentives or making changes to existing incentives for energy storage and microgrids.

“Energy storage and other distributed energy resources are playing a large role in grid modernization efforts,” said Autumn Proudlove, lead author of the report and manager of policy research at the centre. “Distributed energy resources are being increasingly viewed as a potential solution, rather than simply a challenge.”

Of the 33 states taking action on grid modernization during the quarter, 26 took actions specifically related to energy storage policies and deployment.

Overall, the most common actions of the quarter related to advanced metering infrastructure, smart grid, and energy storage deployment, followed by grid modernization investigations.

A total of 184 state and utility-level actions related to grid modernization were proposed, pending, or enacted in Q3 2017.

The report says the top five policy developments of Q3 2017 were:

  • Regulatory commissions in New Mexico and Washington amending integrated resource planning rules to require full evaluation of energy storage options;
  • Oregon initiating a broad investigation into grid modernization and utility business models;
  • The Texas Public Utilities Commission considering an ALJ’s proposal for decision that would allow AEP Texas North to own battery storage assets;
  • California’s state legislature enacting a bill requiring utilities to consider the role of storage and other DERs to meet peak demand as part of the integrated resource planning process; and
  • The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s recommendation to open an expansive grid modernization proceeding.

Read More Industry Latest

Analysis and Features

  • UK distribution operator dips toe into V2G technology

    Industry

    February 8, 2018 10:50 am by Jade Beevor

      Distribution operator UK Power Networks announced on January 23 it is to launch four vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects to demonstrate how electric vehicles can be used for peak shaving and possibly deferring reinforcement costs. The projects, in the south east and east of England as well as London, will look at how the technology can read more

  • VizN C-level shake up as former CEO resigns

    Industry

    February 8, 2018 10:45 am by Jade Beevor

      US energy storage firm ViZn Energy Systems has appointed Stephen Bonner as the president and interim CEO of the zinc iron flow battery, the company announced on January 26. Bonner, who was named chairman of its board of directors on January 1, assumed the additional roles following the resignation of Ron Van Dell, who read more

  • PV and storage installations rises 1,832% on Hawaii island

    Industry

    February 8, 2018 10:40 am by Jade Beevor

      Installations of PV plus battery systems have risen by 1,830% on the Hawaii island of Oahu helped in part to falling prices, according to a report from the state’s department of business economic development and tourism released on January 31. The report, based on building permit data released by the Honolulu Department of Planning read more

  • Power behemoth GE partners with start-up Arenko on 41MW UK ESS

    Industry

    February 8, 2018 10:31 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage start-up Arenko announced on February 5 that it had chosen General Electric to deliver a 41MW lithium ion energy storage system to ensure security of supply to 100,000 UK homes. The strategic alliance will combine GE’s technology with London-based Arenko’s experience of the UK market as well as its proprietary energy trading read more

  • South Australia adopting cutting edge grid-scale ESS technology

    Industry

    February 8, 2018 10:25 am by Jade Beevor

      South Australia’s adoption of the latest technology to address its energy problems will involve a trial of virtual power plants and installation of a 4.3MWh lithium ion micro-grid, its government announced in early February. The state’s energy minister Tom Koutsantonis said the South Australian Produce Market would install 2.5MW array using 1,600 solar panels read more

Read More Analysis and Features

technology feature

Finding the sweet spot for business

After focusing our early efforts on producing lithium ion batteries to serve the power tool market, we built an integration team for the purpose of exploring other areas where their chemistry read more

company profiles

What is SOLARUNITED?

SOLARUNITED is the premiere association supporting and enabling Upstream Solar and energy storage professionals worldwide. read more

//Elsie change ***********************************