Emission Off-Sets or Energy Storage?

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is currently dealing with the problem of disappearing electric generation in the Southern California area. Due to environmental concerns – emissions and water – many older fossil fueled plants are being retired,and it’s not possible to permit new plants. 12,000 MW of capacity is at risk and system reliability […]

Contest! Prizes! Discover Efficiency of Pumped Hydro!

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Please help us ferret out (apologies to mink and weasel lovers!) information on what appears to be a great mystery – the round trip efficiency of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage. Prizes will be awarded! The round trip efficiency of storage technologies are of great interest and discussion. Some are concerned about “wasting energy” when storing […]

CAISO Postpones Entry of Energy Storage

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The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the state agency running the transmission system, has postponed the entry of limited energy storage resources (LESRs) into their ancillary services markets. CAISO is bound by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order Nos. 719 and 890 to allow Non-Generator Resources to participate “on a comparable basis to services […]

Energy Storage Vaporware

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From the earliest days of personal computing, companies would announce, to much fanfare, a new piece of software that would do wonderful things, be user friendly, the next killer app., etc.. Then, after awhile, the buzz and hype would fade away, deployment would be delayed – and then forgotten. This phenomenon became know as “vaporware”. […]