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Ice Energy rolling out utility-scale project

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Improvements in energy storage technology are extremely important to our 21st Century energy grid. It would enhance efforts at decentralization as well as energy security.

January 27, 2010 — WINDSOR – Ice Energy’s energy storage technology will be rolled out in Southern California in what the partners are calling the first cost-effective, utility-scale distributed energy project in the nation.

The Southern California Public Power Authority entered into an agreement with Windsor-based Ice Energy on the 53-megawatt project. Ice Energy’s Ice Bear energy storage system shifts demand on the electrical grid from air conditioning units from peak to off-peak hours. In simple terms, energy generation during off-peak, evening hours is more efficient due to lower temperatures and reduced transmission line-stress.

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NY suburb to turn parking lots into power lots

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Ahhh the sweet, sweet sounds of a decentralized energy grid…

Associated Press – January 19, 2010 9:04 PM ET

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) – Long Island officials want to turn several commuter parking lots into “power lots” by constructing carports topped with solar panels.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced Tuesday that the county, the Long Island Power Authority and two renewable energy firms will enter into a lease agreement to build the carports in as many as seven county parking lots.

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January 30th, 2010 at 10:35 am

Indiana Senate, House panels approve `net metering’ bills

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Measures like these go a long way to decentralizing the energy grid and giving citizens and firms control over energy usage. The first step is to make the homes and businesses as efficient as possible, then install power generation facilities.

By RICK CALLAHAN
The Associated Press
Thursday, January 21, 2010; 6:51 PM

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at utility customers who install renewable power sources such as wind turbines is seriously flawed and would hurt Indiana’s renewable energy movement, clean energy advocates told a state Senate committee Thursday.

The bill would expand the number of customers who can send excess power from wind, solar and other renewable energy systems back into the electric grid – an option currently limited to schools and homeowners.

But before the Senate Utilities and Technology Committee approved the bill 8-3 and sent it to the full Senate, it endorsed changes that drew strong criticism from supporters of efforts to expand Indiana’s “net metering” rules.

Current rules allow homeowners and schools that generate up to 10 kilowatts per customer to get credit on future bills for excess power they produce. The amended bill sponsored by Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would bar customers who generate more than 10 kilowatts from carrying over such credit on future bills.

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