Panelist Solar Power Southeast

Panelist Solar Power Southeast

Solar Power Southeast  |  Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA  |  May 29th, 2019

Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners will be a panelist for “Energy Storage: Balancing Both Sides of the Meter” talk.

According to the Solar Power Southeast website:

“The region’s largest solar and storage event is approaching

Solar Power Southeast returns for the 5th year to Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s event will bring over 700 attendees and 60 exhibitors to the exhibit hall, located in the Georgia World Congress Center.

You can expect to hear from utility, private sector, and non-profit leaders from throughout the Southeast region. Leaders from Southern Company, Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, Longi Solar,  Hanwa Q Cells, Chargepoint and more are confirmed to speak at the event. The schedule includes discussions about interconnection, microgrids, EVs, regional state outlooks, resilience and more.”

Learn more: https://events.solar/southeast/

2019 State Energy Conference of North Carolina

2019 State Energy Conference of North Carolina

April 30, 2019 | McKimmon Conference & Training Center | NC State University | Raleigh, NC

Ron DiFelice – Moderator, “Storage Policy Opportunities & Barriers in North Carolina”

The State Energy Conference provides actionable insight into the business of energy, connecting technical innovation, diverse resources and industry opportunity to help drive North Carolina’s regional energy economy forward with national impact.

The conference will examine the impacts of energy technologies, policy and finance on customers at all levels of the energy marketplace including:

  • Commercial & Industrial Buildings
  • Governmental & Institutional Buildings
  • Grid Modernization
  • Residential Homes
  • Renewable Energy
  • Utilities & Infrastructure

Who Should Attend

Attendees include architects, decision-makers, engineers, energy and sustainability managers, facilities personnel, property managers, planners and thought leaders from:

  • Small businesses
  • Developers
  • Innovation firms
  • Energy companies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government and state agencies
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations

Continue reading on: https://ncenergyconference.com/

Deploying more renewables now through an energy storage-centric Clean Peak Standard

Deploying more renewables now through an energy storage-centric Clean Peak Standard

The following is a contributed article on Utility Dive by Ronald DiFelice, managing partner at Energy Intelligence Partners.

View the article on the Utility Drive website.

In many electric utility markets, policymakers are exploring the next generation of renewable energy policies that will deliver the most value given the new reality of low-cost solar PV, wind and energy storage. Policies that encourage energy storage to be paired with solar or wind generation can have an outsized impact because these grid assets can together deliver firm capacity into peak periods when customer costs are the highest. If implemented effectively, the results are lower costs for ratepayers, increased resiliency and reduced emissions.

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An Energy Storage-Centric Clean Peak Standard White Paper

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NCSEA Board of Directors

NCSEA Board of Directors

Ron DiFelice of EIP has been asked to join the NCSEA Board of Directors for 2019

The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit advocacy organization that drives policy and market development to create clean energy jobs, economic opportunities and affordable energy. NCSEA has served as a respected, trusted and collaborative resource to North Carolina and beyond since 1978. Our goal is to cultivate a robust clean energy ecosystem that unifies and benefits all its stakeholders: consumers, businesses, the clean energy industry and utility energy providers.

Learn more about NCSEA

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Interview With Renewable Energy World

Interview With Renewable Energy World

Taking a Stake in Energy Storage: What to Expect from Today’s Business Strategies

Published by: Inside Renewable Energy

14 min 30 sec

Listen to the Renewable Energy World podcast with Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners discuss the challenges and opportunities of entering the energy storage market into perspective for businesses interested in everything from energy markets to big solar plus storage pairings.

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Making the Case for Peak Defection and Why Utilities Should Care

Making the Case for Peak Defection and Why Utilities Should Care

“Grid Defection,” a term popularized by the Rocky Mount Institute in their report Economics of Grid Defection, has caused some trepidation among utilities executives taking a long-term look at their industry. However, little has materialized to date that gives reason for major concern. Instead, we are starting to see some selective defection during certain points of the day, specifically among non-residential customers. A term for this more near-term threat might be “Peak Defection.” Driving this movement are the improving economics of large scale energy storage, more sophisticated energy management systems, and legacy tariff structures. An additional tailwind is that intermittent renewables and energy efficiency measures are further driving up peak prices in many areas of the US (EIA).

Renewable Energy WorldWhy is this phenomenon important? One reason is that uncoordinated Peak Defection could cause more problems for the grid and make an efficient distributed energy future harder to obtain.  Another reason is that a lot of utility revenue is at stake, and tough changes to how they recoup that revenue may be necessary. However, if regulators and utilities work with their large customers to the benefit of both parties, Peak Defection can both lower power costs and increase grid stability.

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Residential Energy Storage: Another Chance for Utilities

Residential Energy Storage: Another Chance for Utilities

As energy storage solutions continue to decline in cost, it is largely inevitable that distributed energy resources (DERs) will be a critical part of the future electricity grid. In the residential markets, U.S. utilities were slow to embrace the opportunity presented by rooftop solar. They now have a chance to shape the unfolding DER evolution with energy storage. Instead of ignoring or fighting the transition, utilities need to proactively find ways to lead the deployment of these new grid resources for their most vocal and visible customer base: residential customers.

Current DER market traction is largely a result of entrepreneurs and capitalists addressing electricity market inefficiencies. It started with behind-the-meter solar addressing high retail rates. Now energy storage can further decrease customer costs by optimizing behind-the-meter assets and consumption for local tariffs. As with solar, many utilities view this as a challenge to their business. But DERs have been proven to provide valuable benefits to utilities, operators, and the larger grid if planned and coordinated by the grid operator at the distribution level. These benefits include load shaping through additional supply-side and demand-side resources, improved grid resiliency, reduced emissions, and lower cost ancillary services. Indeed, utilities would likely be embracing DERs if frameworks were in place for them to share in — and get compensated for — the benefits DERs provide.

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Hybrid Energy Storage Systems Get the Best of Both Worlds

Hybrid Energy Storage Systems Get the Best of Both Worlds

But calculating the true costs and benefits of energy storage is still difficult math.

Many years ago, I was part of a U.S. Air Force program with the goal of reducing the battery weight carried by airmen and soldiers by 25 percent. The Air Force Program Office, after scouring the market for the ideal battery solution, quickly learned that no rechargeable battery could meet the power density, energy density, lifetime, and size/weight requirements.

However, they did not abandon the project — they took a hybrid approach to the problem.

Batteries are typically designed for high-power applications (i.e., “sprinter” mode that provides lots of power in short bursts) or energy-dense applications (i.e., “marathon” mode that provides consistent lower power over long durations), and there are lifetime, performance, and cost penalties for using them in unintended ways.

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