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Navigant to Compare Community vs. Residential Energy Storage

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Distributed energy is the future of our electricity supply. Rather than our electricity coming from centralized providers straight to homes, offices, etc., electricity will be generated and/or stored at various locations closer to the end users. Determining the safest and most energy-efficient and cost-effective ways to do this is an enormous, on-going task. Navigant Consulting is one of many firms working with municipalities to continue development and innovation.

Read more in these two articles:

Smart Grid Today

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Navigant will have a healthy list of the pros and cons of community energy storage (CES) versus residential energy storage (RES) by the time their battery-testing project is finished in September, Jay Paidipati, associate director in Navigant Consulting’s energy practice, told people attending a long-duration, distributed energy-storage project workshop at Storage Week in Austin, Texas, yesterday…

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Navigant Research

Distributed Energy Storage Systems for Voltage Support, Frequency Regulation,
Islanding, and Peak Shaving: Market Analysis and Forecasts

Community and residential energy storage systems are sited at the “end of the line” on the grid. These systems are typically much smaller than utility-scale or bulk energy storage and are either situated at the distribution transformer or at the customer premise. Of the varied application areas for energy storage systems, community and residential storage is one of the newest and least understood applications. Currently, utilities, vendors, and even governments are demonstrating community and residential energy storage systems with a goal of understanding the value of these small, distributed systems sited at the edge of the electrical grid. These groups are testing CRES for the purposes of smoothing peaks in electricity demand, enabling voltage support and frequency regulation, and providing islanding capabilities.

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Population, energy trends dwarf impact of global warming

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Posted Dec 22, 2009 @ 01:06 AM

Regarding “If global warming is a fraud, are there other Democratic lies?” (Dec. 5): The views of the writer and the idea of global warming are narrow in perspective.

The population of the world in 1900 was at 1.6 billion people; at the turn of the last century, it was at 6.7 billion. Projections for 2050 put it near 10 billion people. Imagine three billion more cars, computers, cell phones and homes with all the electronic devices.

If we continue to burn our coal and import oil, what will be there in 2050 to supply the energy needed for the other 3 billion inhabitants? How much coal and oil and natural gas might be left by then? When is the appropriate time to do something about this — 10 years from now or maybe 20? The United States is already having to compete for energy with the likes of China and India, which have growing economies with burgeoning middle classes.

Global warming is a drop in the bucket compared to the energy crunch we are going to feel in the next 20 to 30 years.

Read the entire article here.

Written by Jason

December 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 am