The Value of Energy Storage Is Clear

Energy storage is already working for the electric grid, increasing its reliability, efficiency, and capacity. As storage technologies rapidly evolve, they continue to prove how vital they are to a smart low-carbon grid, particularly in the area of renewable energy integration. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has just announced $15 million in funding [...]

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S&C Ranking Shows Strength of Company’s Workforce

S&C Electric Company recently made it to the Employee Ownership 100, earning the rank of the nation’s 78th largest employee-owned company by the National Center for Employee Ownership. The ranking is important because it highlights valuable aspects of S&C’s company culture and our workforce. Nicholas Conrad founded S&C as a privately held company in 1911. [...]

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Who should pay for storage?

Energy storage is changing the world. I use the word “changing,” as opposed to “will change,” for a reason, as there are more than 750 megawatt hours of operational, grid-scale battery energy storage installed around the world. Despite what some contend, energy storage is beyond the theoretical and test projects. At S&C Electric Company, we’ve [...]

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Overcoming the Challenges of Broad-Scale Microgrid Integration

As the aging grid is increasingly strained by higher peak loads, it often fails to distribute power reliably from centralized generation. That’s one key reason microgrids are becoming mainstays for military installations, hospitals, and other facilities that can’t risk losing power. These facilities use microgrids to switch between grid-tied and “islanding” modes. Integrating more microgrids [...]

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Energy Storage Is Essential for Grid Efficiency

Utilities have always strived to balance electricity production with demand using traditional generation. Primary sources are coal and nuclear power plants along with natural gas turbines, including the inefficient and costly “peaker” plants that are used only during periods of unusually high demand, typically a few dozen hours per year. To help make the grid [...]

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The Year in Solar Energy: What We’ve Gained

Solar has become an essential source of new electricity generation in the U.S. During the first half of 2014, solar comprised more than 50% of all new electricity generation capacity, according to reports by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. That number will continue to climb, fueled largely by growth spanning solar-progressive [...]

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