Training for Regional Distribution Systems Planning Starts in New England, October 26, 2017

To help regulators keep on top of changes in technologies and best practices in distribution system planning, Berkeley Lab, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), led the first in a series of regional training sessions on September 27–29 at the Maine Public Utilities Commission in Portland, Maine. Approximately 40 public utility commissioners and staff from the six New England states attended the training to inform their ongoing grid modernization efforts related to distribution system planning, grid modernization investment plans, distributed energy storage, and transportation electrification.

New Grid Modernization Projects Announced for Resilient Distribution Systems , September 27, 2017

The Department of Energy recently announced seven new National Laboratory-led projects to develop and validate innovative approaches for grid resiliency. As part of the department’s Grid Modernization Initiative, the projects focus on the integration of clean distributed energy resources (DER), advanced controls, grid architecture and emerging grid technologies at a regional scale. Coordinated through the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium in collaboration with both public and private partners, the projects are expected to deliver credible information on technical and economic viability of the solutions, as well as demonstrate viability to key stakeholders who are ultimately responsible for approving and investing in grid modernization activities. 

Energy Storage Battery Energized in Chattanooga, September 22, 2017

Stakeholders gathered at the Solar Share community solar array in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as the city’s Electric Power Board utility energized a new 100kW/400kWh Vanadium Redox Flow Battery that will be used for a wide variety of power grid integration and energy management applications. This accomplishment is part of national research efforts to explore the best use of cutting edge technologies that could be implemented across the United States to modernize the power grid.