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What Is Grid Modernization—and What’s the Role of Electric Vehicles?

Utilities around the country are creating “grid modernization” plans. What does this mean? Isn’t the grid “modern” already?

We get electricity reliably with the flip of a switch. It can power all manner of appliances and devices. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) regards electrification as the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century. Even so, NAE observes that the system could be even more economical and reliable with the right kinds of improvements.

DOE Invests up to $50M for Microgrids, Grid Resilience & Cybersecurity

The Department of Energy didn’t mention microgrids much in a recent report on grid reliability, but it did back the technology today in a $50 million energy resilience and security package.

The money will go to the DOE’s national laboratories for early research on tools – including microgrids – to help communities recover from the kind of devastation wrought in recent weeks by hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

Toyota España matricula ya más de 100 híbridos al día

El fabricante japonés anunció ayer que ha matriculado ya 25.999 híbridos en España en lo que va de 2017, lo que supone un 59% del total de su gama. El pasado mes de agosto se matricularon 2.740 Toyota propulsados con tecnología híbrida. Representaron un 67% del total de matriculaciones de Toyota, con Toyota C-HR (621 unidades), Auris hybrid (599 unidades), Yaris hybrid (581 unidades) y RAV4 hybrid (537 unidades) como pilares principales.

No Fish Story. Tiny Island Lands Big Catch with Microgrid

Cuttyhunk witnessed New England’s whale oil industry give way to kerosene and incandescent light bulbs. Now the tiny island is deep in another energy revolution — reducing diesel use by way of a solar plus storage microgrid.

With a $2.1 million microgrid in operation since the early spring, the fishing mecca offers good argument for pursuing the new energy paradigm. The microgrid is bringing the island price relief and fuel stability.

Utilities see benefits in energy storage, even without mandates

The fact that California’s three investor-owned utilities were at the top of the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s recent rankings is not surprising, but the presence of utilities in Indiana and Ohio is notable.

California has been a leader in energy storage, with a 2010 law that requires the state’s IOUs to procure 1.3 GW of storage capacity by 2020 and then a 2016 law requiring each IOU to procure another 166 MW of storage.