Strategen is shaping the debate in renewable energy markets and industries.
Thirty percent of New York City’s old fossil fuel plants are slated for retirement in the next five years. Could energy storage take their place? A new report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage,” says it would be a wise environmental move.
New York City has ambitious energy goals, including a goal of installing 100 MWh of storage by 2020 and reducing emissions 80% by 2050. While the city has faced some difficulties in deploying batteries, in part due to fire codes and other regulations, the new NY-BEST analysis shows the potential impact is significant.
Adding more energy storage in Minnesota could reduce the need for more fossil fuel power plants and significantly reduce greenhouse gases, according to a new University of Minnesota report.Issued by the university’s Energy Transition Lab, “Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities” looks at how the introduction of more storage could reshape the state’s energy grid.
Ed Burgess, senior manager for Strategen Consulting who also worked on the report, said Minnesota and the Midwest need more pilot projects — one place to start would be at a community solar garden site.“That seems a simple step,” he said.
The report, titled "Modernizing Minnesota's Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities," comes from the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab, a public-private research collaborative, with assistance from Strategen Consulting of Berkeley, Calif., and grid modeling firm Vibrant Clean Energy LLC of Colorado.
A new report from the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab shows adding energy storage is becoming a cost effective way to meet electricity demand in the state.
"All these factors help the math work out in favor of storage, said Ed Burgess of Strategen."It's really an opportune time to re-look at storage and how it would fit into a place like Minnesota," he said.
“On the business side, if you ask any utility and any developer, they will tell you that yeah, storage is the same changer,” said Janice Lin, founder and CEO of clean energy-focused Strategen Consulting. She is also chair and co-founder of the Energy Storage North America conference, which is scheduled August 8-10 in San Diego.
California’s SGIP program is the largest state-sponsored behind-the-meter storage incentive in the country, and the application process is exceedingly complicated.
Advocates say, given the right incentives, energy storage could help flatten the duck.
But there could be an even cleaner solution, argues Lon Huber, senior director at Strategen Consulting. In a recent blog post, Roasting the Duck, he argues that the current model for renewable energy procurement is a “race to the bottom,” leading to lower costs.
The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition kicked off today with Energy Matters in attendance to catch all the latest trends and industry insights during the two day event.
Among the presentations attended by Energy Matters the talk by Mark Higgins from Strategen Consulting was one of the stand outs during “Road to NEM 2.0”.
The presentation talked at length about the Aliso Canyon gas leak and what was done with energy storage to help avoid an energy crisis. Notable that after this disaster there was an 80% reduction in the amount of gas that was allowed to be stored.
The 2017 Edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report reveals a global energy transition well underway. Strategen Consulting served as lead authors on a section titled "Energy Storage," which examines energy storage technologies, markets and policies around the world.
"According to Strategen’s analysis, the newly expanded SGIP is likely to increase the size of the state’s behind-the-meter energy storage market by anywhere from 623 MW to 1,242 MW by 2020, of which 96 MW to 122 MW would be small residential storage systems."
To meet several environmental regulations while providing for the necessary energy and capacity to serve the nation's most populous city will require some energy acrobatics. Adding 450 megawatts of energy storage could lower costs and carbon emissions compared to other options, while meeting grid requirements, a new shows.
"Storage can really be a viable option in these very tailored needs that are difficult to meet with other conventional resources," said author Ed Burgess, senior manager at Strategen Consulting.
"Strategen consultant Lon Huber’s “Clean Peak Standard” made an appearance. That policy would require that a certain share of peak capacity come from clean sources as part of a renewable portfolio standard, thereby signaling the value of storage to dispatch it.
"Mullin's bill — and a similar measure in the state Senate, introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley — were inspired by a white paper from Strategen Consulting, a Berkeley-based clean energy policy firm. While the paper was commissioned by government officials in Arizona, its lessons apply to California, according to Strategen's Lon Huber, the paper's lead author.
Mark Higgins, Strategen COO and a member of Australian Energy Alliance's steering committee, provides context on Australia's renewable energy portfolio and discusses with Solar Magazine how "Elon Musk was able to shed light on the issue with the power of Twitter in the modern era."
Strategen was selected to be among the consultants that support dozens of teams across the country with their technical needs as part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a new $5 million prize competition from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.
Strategen recently had the opportunity to work with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and Energy Networks Australia, the national industry association representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution businesses, on Australia’s effort to plan for a decarbonized grid in 2050.
A way to incentivize the use of clean energy like solar after dark — instead of gas peakers — to cover peak loads has been proposed in a white paper commissioned by Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office, through a revision of state Renewable Energy Standards (RES).
"Community solar will “democratize" solar, said Lon Huber, a consultant for Strategen Consulting. Huber has testified in community solar and rooftop solar proceedings in Maryland, Arizona, and other states."
"Tobin wrote in favor of revisiting the state renewable portfolio standard, supporting a decision to open a docketto re-examine portions of it and endorsing a proposal from the state consumer advocate to mandate that a certain portion of renewable resources deliver power during peak demand periods."
"According to Strategen's research, renewable standards have accounted for more than 60% of the growth in clean energy resources since 2000, but a simple MWh-based standard may no longer be the most effective because those traditional policies fail to show a difference between each renewable MWh 'based on its value to the grid or for reducing fuel consumption.'"
"'This doesn’t get rid of the RPS by any means -- it’s more of an add-on, a way to send time-based price signals,' said Lon Huber, a director at Strategen Consulting who authored the proposal on behalf of RUCO."
"With the help of Strategen Consulting’s Lon Huber, the OCA introduced a three-part tariff designed to end the traditional net metering structure. If successful, the proposal would allow New Hampshire to source 2.7% of its electricity from distributed solar and reduce costs to ratepayers to the tune of $300 million."
Prepared on behalf of Arizona's Residential Utility Consumer Office, a whitepaper from Strategen Consulting presents an alternative RPS framework that can help to achieve clean energy resource procurement better aligned with the full suite of grid services that electric power system operators need to supply.
The idea is to insulate solar customers from potential regulatory changes down the road, said Lon Huber, an energy policy consultant at Strategen Consulting, who drafted the plan on behalf of RUCO.
"This is [very] different from NEM, where it's just a retail rate that can change over time," Huber said. "It's a contract for 20 years, meaning that the solar customer has certainty that they're going to have that form of compensation for that time period."
Regulators want to wait for the conclusion of a value of solar docket to reform incentive policies, but politics remains a constant distraction
"In an email after the meeting, Residential Utility Consumer Office consultant Lon Huber of Strategen Consulting LLC, who proposed the option Stump put in his amendment, said the option has advantages for solar customers. It provides certainty with a fixed compensation amount for 20 years, Huber said. There is no need to grandfather those customers because the option is a contract for 20 years that does not change, he said."