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Con Edison has partnered with NYSERDA to implement a pay-for-performance pilot initiative for New York businesses. The Business Energy Pro pilot includes using consumers’ smart data to measure their energy efficiency savings in Staten Island and Westchester County. The small and medium-sized businesses will then be rewarded according to how much they would have saved. A total of $10 million has been set aside for the pilot.
The U.S. energy storage market interconnected a total of 760.3 MWh last year, an increase of 44.9 percent over 2017, according to a new report published recently by SEPA. Utility-supply storage remained the industry's largest market segment at 394.8 MWh and saw a double-digit growth of 11.3 percent year over year, the report found. Residential storage deployments jumped 500 percent, while non-residential storage grew 34.9 percent in 2018.
Ameren Missouri has begun construction on the Jefferson County Smart Grid Project, which includes the installation of new underground equipment with smart technology throughout downtown. The project goal is to reduce outages in the city, as well as power restoration speed efforts by Ameren. Ameren officials ultimately want to create a self-healing grid that could reduce outage times, in some cases, from hours to seconds.
Tacoma Power has partnered with Electrify America to increase the number of ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles. The two aim to increase the number of chargers at consumer workplaces. The main aim is to enhance the consumer EV charging experience by reducing the time spent to fully charge a vehicle. Moreover, increasing the number of chargers is expected to accelerate the adoption of EVs.
The total number of smart meters around the world is expected to almost double over 2017 levels by 2024, opening up new opportunities for customer-side control and analytics. The global smart meter total will rise from 665.1 million in 2017 to more than 1.2 billion by the end of 2024, according to a new Wood Mackenzie report. Accordingly, the cumulative global expenditure on advanced metering infrastructure will almost double over the same period, rising from $73 billion in 2017 to $145.8 billion in 2024.
Florida will soon expand the infrastructure for electric vehicles in-state with the addition of new charging stations along major thoroughfares under funding from the Volkswagen Settlement. The plan calls for the infrastructure evolution to go hand-in-hand with diesel emissions reductions. In all, the state has been granted $166 million to improve its air quality, though the state is still seeking public comment on how those funds are utilized.
Tesla recently said the deployment of its energy storage systems — Powerwall and Powerpack — grew by 81 percent to a company record of 415 MWh during the second quarter of 2019, compared to Q1. Powerwalls are now installed at more than 50,000 sites, Tesla said in its Q2 earnings statement. The California-based electric vehicle manufacturer and energy company said additional cell supply combined with a new module line led to an increase in energy storage production.
PGE has launched a test pilot program aimed at encouraging customers to be more proactive in monitoring their energy consumption and cultivating good energy use habits. The Smart Grid Test Bed, which integrates smart grid technology with the consumption habits of customers, will take place in three neighborhoods in Oregon. More than 20,000 customers are located within the three neighborhoods of the test bed. The mix consists of more than 19,000 residential meters and 1,200 distinct businesses.