Alternative Energy Opportunities in New York City: The East River

September 16, 2020

Tidal Power What is tidal power? Tidal power is created by converting energy from the tides to electricity using turbines places underwater. Unlike the wind and the sun, tides are very predictable making it a very reliable method of harnessing energy. Recently, Verdant Power announced it is developing an $8M project to install tidal turbines […]

Federal Court Paves Way For Competitive Energy Storage

July 15, 2020

On July 14th 2020 the US Federal Appeals court decided to uphold Regulatory Commission Order 841 giving way for transmission grid operators to open their markets for participation of energy storage assets. Across deregulated regions in the U.S this means in a near future storage will be competing with other generation assets in the wholesale […]

Division Between ISO-NE and Participants over Energy Security Proposal

April 23, 2020

On April 15, ISO-NE introduced a new proposal to the federal regulators of the Energy Security Improvements authority for improving reliability during shortages and winter months. Some of these initiatives include: Day-Ahead Replacement Energy Reserve (RER); Day-Ahead Energy Imbalance Reserve (EIR); Day-Ahead Generation Contingency Reserve (GCR). As mentioned, the main goal is of improving energy […]

Tesla, Energy Storage, and Grid Reliability

April 19, 2020

Found in South Australia is what many claim to be the “world’s biggest battery,” or the Hornsdale Battery, built by Tesla and Neoen, originally built with a 100MW/129MWh capacity. Recently, Tesla completed the construction of an additional 50MW/64.5MWh component. Together this brings the capacity to a total of 150MW/193.5MWh. The Hornsdale Battery works in the […]

How COVID-19 is Affecting Energy Peaks

March 31, 2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting Peaks The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the course of how businesses of all sizes operate, most directly reflected by changes in their energy consumption patterns. Measures being implemented to flatten the hospitalization capacity curve, have also flattened peak energy consumption times as seen below, shaving off the peaks. This indicates […]

Eversource to Acquire Columbia Gas Assets

February 27, 2020

On February 26, 2020, Eversource announced a deal to purchase all $1.1B of Columbia Gas assets from their parent company NiSource, setting the stage for their operations to be managed by the largest energy player in the New England area. This means electric customers who also received Columbia Gas service will be controlled by a […]

Natural Gas Prices Fall Below $2

January 21, 2020

During the Winter season gas prices typically skyrocket as people begin making use of heating, yet this has not been the case recently. Weather phenomenons this winter have proven to be very mild when compared to prior years, leading to a surplus of natural gas supply, and falling of prices. This past Tuesday natural gas […]

Massachusetts Municipalities Seek to Ban New Natural Gas Connections

December 12, 2019

Last month Brookline approved legislation banning natural gas hookups for new buildings, giving the idea for other cities consider this. Recently the towns of Cambridge, Newton, Lexington, Arlington and 12 others have held meetings to discuss implementation of the same.  Proponents for the initiative argue that a shift in technology is needed at the face […]

Vineyard Wind granted 804MW Bid For Offshore Wind Generation in Connecticut

December 6, 2019

On December 5, 2019 Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection picked Vineyard Wind to develop an 804MW offshore wind energy project called “Park City.” This is a follow to new state legislation calling for 2,000MW of this type of generation available. Connecticut legislators and citizens are strongly pushing for the state to adopt more […]

MA to Reach 1.6 GW Offshore Wind Capacity Requirement

November 5, 2019

Last week, the Baker administration and three utilities unanimously selected Mayflower Wind to provide 804 MW of clean offshore wind capacity to Massachusetts, which is enough capacity to power approximately half a million homes. With this selection, the state is poised to reach the 1.6 GW of offshore wind capacity required by a 2016 state […]