Energy storage key to rural power

ACCIONA Microenergía Perú – a case study for the ARE Energy Storage Campaign

Photo credit: ACCIONA Microenergía Perú – providing basic access to electricity for households in rural areas through solar systems. A case study in the ARE Energy Storage Campaign.

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the only international business association focusing on the promotion and development of off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in developing countries and emerging markets, this week launches a new energy storage campaign.
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Friends of Supergrid tables debate

With supergrid developments forming an interesting backdrop to the development of energy storage in Europe, you might like to make space in your diary for a Friends of the Supergrid panel debate at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 26.

The afternoon debate will be hosted by Sir Graham Watson, MEP at the European Parliament and Chairman of Climate Parliament in the framework of the European Union Sustainable Week, and will be followed by a cocktail.

NY-BEST presents microgrids forum

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and the Pace Energy and Climate Center will explore the current policies and markets for microgrids in a special forum on June 11 at Pace University’s New York City campus.

Speakers at the event will include professionals from AES Energy Storage, the Pace Energy and Climate Center, Consolidated Edison of New York, Demand Energy, DNV KEMA, S&C Electric, the New York Energy Policy Institute, the Smart Grid Consortium and others.

ESA names Hayslip as new chairman

The Electricity Storage Association (ESA) named current vice chair Darrell Hayslip, president of Narrow Gate Energy, its next chair at its 23rd Annual Conference last week. Hayslip succeeds Chris Shelton, who has led the Association for the past two years and will remain a key voice as the president of member company AES Energy Storage, says the ESA. The Association also handed out two awards at the conference.

The annual Phil Symons Electricity Storage Award recipient was Janice Lin, executive director of the California Energy Storage Alliance; and the Electricity Storage Association Industry Excellence Award for 2013 was for the S&C Electric Company.

Solar and energy storage bodies unite

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Electricity Storage Association (ESAthis week announced a new partnership to help grow solar energy markets and accelerate the deployment of grid-scale energy storage systems across the USA. Under the new partnership, SEIA and ESA will collaborate on communication efforts, events and policy activities promoting solar energy and energy storage.

The expansion of each organisation’s activities to include both sets of technologies furthers the missions of both organisations and directly assists their common members, say the bodies. The ESA celebrated the announcement at its annual conference in Santa Clara, California.

NAATBatt teams to tackle industry issues

The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) is creating two subcommittees to tackle issues debated at its Washington, USA, meeting last week. The first will study ways to get federal agencies such as the Department of Defense to buy advanced battery systems and electric vehicles.

The second will consider ways to promote funding for programmes that train workers in installing and servicing electricity storage systems, says the Alliance in a blog posting.

NAATBatt mulls policy initiatives

An impressive lineup of heavy hitters in the energy storage industry was getting around the table yesterday (Friday May 10) at the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) to discuss US federal legislative and agency activities likely to impact the advanced battery industry in 2013-14, and to decide on a course of action. Among the issues under discussion were:

  • The Storage Technology for Renewable and Green Energy Act, proposing a series of tax credits for storage applications.
  • A proposal from the Obama administration for USD$200 million for grid modernisation.
  • How grants and subsidies received since 2009 have been spent.
  • What new sources of funding can be secured.
  • The Energy Security Trust Fund.

Representatives from the Electricity Storage Association, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology, and the California Energy Storage Alliance had been invited to attend, as well as representatives from NAATBatt member firms.

NY-BEST to stage microgrid event

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) is holding a one-day forum on energy storage and microgrids at the Pace University New York City Campus, on June 11. The cost is USD$100 for NY-BEST members, $150 for non-members and $50 for students, and you can register now online.