Entries by Ross Martinez

A Powerful Partnership: EV and Energy Storage

Installing an intelligent distributed energy storage system is an ideal complement to EV charging station infrastructure, providing a means for vehicle fleet owners, businesses, schools and government offices to reduce and better manage electricity consumption and monthly utility bills – peak-power demand and rising utility demand charges in particular.

Storage Helps Ease Schools’ Demand Charge Pain

In power-constrained California, where demand charges run high, five school districts have turned to batteries to save money by reducing or avoiding demand charges. Energy storage solutions provider Green Charge Networks (GCN) developed energy storage systems using battery packs from Samsung SDI for Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Oak Park Unified School District, […]

Storing Solar Energy: A great idea caught on contested ground

Some analysts project a boom in the co-location of solar and energy storage. GTM Research, for example, foresees that co-located PV and storage will grow from $42 million in 2014 to more than $1 billion by 2018. However, efforts related to storing solar energy are moving slower thanks to a little-discussed regulatory roadblock in the United States.

Energy Storage Industry Booming

Energy storage, over the course of the next five years, is going to grow at an annual compound rate of 65 percent per year, meaning that the industry is going to grow 10 times in five years, where the solar figure is somewhere around 8.3 percent.

Tracking the Rise of Intelligent Energy Storage

Power industry regulators around the world are increasingly coming to realize the multiple benefits and advantages of intelligent energy storage solutions. As Navigant highlights in the Q1 2015 edition of its Energy Storage Tracker, new regulatory mandates in the U.S., Europe and across Asia-Pacific were key factors that made 2014 “a major year for the […]

Tips to Reduce Peak Demand Charges on Your Electric Bill

As energy usage rates fall in many areas of the U.S., demand charges are comprising an increasing portion of commercial and industrial (C&I) electricity bills, encompassing as much as 50 percent in some cases. So it makes sense for facility and energy managers to learn how to reduce them. Businesses cannot change the demand charge […]

Legislation That Boosts Energy Storage and Self Generation

California is a leader in boosting energy storage and self generation for commercial and industrial energy users with its Self Generation Incentive Program. Other states are expected to follow, says Vic Shao, CEO of Green Charge Networks in this podcast interview. Keep an eye on New York, New England, Texas and Hawaii.