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There is hardly ever a dull moment when working at start up, but I do try to keep my ear to the ground to one of my favorite topics in the energy space: storage. I love it. The space is developing so quickly and addressing renewables’ intermittency. Equally exciting, it can address gaps left by aging “peaker”-plants and decommissioned nuclear facilities. As a California native I lived through the rolling black out days after Enron and most recently the massive methane leak north of Los Angeles, and hold high hopes for what renewables + storage can do to prevent such disasters.
A recent paper published by AutoGrid took a look at the economics of battery storage, and pointed to the co-benefits both to ratepayers and utilities of the technology. During graduate school in San Diego, I worked with team analyzing the economics of battery storage for one of the large investor owned utilities. Our results aligned well with the Autogrid paper, noting that the economics are already make sense for C&I customers through demand charge reduction. Demand charges can make up 40-60 percent of a C&I customer’s bill, and even modest reductions can lead to significant savings.
Adoption will only increase as the price of storage continues to drop (or as demand charges rise), and with this comes a reduction in utility revenue. I certainly hope that utilities will see the benefits of DERs and embrace them, rather than resort to the rather draconian policy changes that have inhibited renewables in places like Nevada. Southern California utilities are beginning to deploy storage themselves, as a recent Times piece noted, though the acceptance and utilization of behind the meter DERs will likely still take time. While reduced revenues, especially if storage scales, could present a challenge to utilities, the benefits to grid stability, reduced dependence on costly peaker plants, and contributions to the state’s ambitious climate goals truly begin to show the net benefits of encouraging and embracing storage.
We are excited to be part of the clean energy revolution, and look forward to what is next for storage!
On March 14th, CivicSolar, CALSEIA, Geli, and UtilityAPI hosted a webinar to provide a well-rounded background of SGIP and an overview of resources available to you when pursuing solar + storage opportunities. Check out the presentation and additional resources from industry leaders here.
We have been working hard the past couple months on a brand new dashboard. We've updated our interface and made it easier to request data from customers. Here is a list of some of the big improvements we made:
We've added a handy navigation pane:
Multi-select button at the top for batch actions...
...like archiving. You can now clear out old meters that you've already evaluated.
We also updated our easy-access data download dropdown:
We now provide detailed information about the account, meters, and status of data in a easy dropdown.
Let us know if you have any questions by emailing Tim at email@example.com.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Southern California Edison (SCE)
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCPL)
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Atlantic City Energy (ACE)
Central and West
Portland Gas & Electric (PGE)
Would you like us to go into a new utility? Let us know at info[at]utilityapi.com
We're expanding to Hawaii and need test accounts. Do you have any current or future projects we can test our service on?
For residential and commercial properties in HECO, MECO, or HELCO:
UtilityAPI works with solar and energy management companies, making it easier for them to get the data they need from utilities. The Department of Energy, recognizing that this is helping make solar more accessible, has given us a grant to increase the number of utilities that we support.
In order to get the money from the grant, we need to test our software on commercial properties.
We're asking that people with commercial accounts use the link below, fill in the 4 fields, and authorize us to collect data. It's completely private (we're only going to use the meter numbers as reference in our SunShot deliverable) and we're able to share the data with the person/company that owns the data.
Answers to all your support and technical questions can be found here.
Elena Lucas is co-founder and CEO of UtilityAPI. All blog posts are to help UtilityAPI users connect with their customers and successfully collect their electricity data.