There is a fascination among countries with racing to build the tallest building in the world. It has become a universal symbol of wealth, prestige, and sophistication and becomes a monument to past wonders of the world.
Many years from now, historians will likely mark 2017 as a critical period in the fight against (or for) climate change. The election of President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of a backslide on climate change and clean-energy policy. While many pundits expect backsliding to occur at a federal level, such as with the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan or with the Paris Climate Accord, it remains to be seen how California’s policies will play in the future. Could federal rules or court outcomes regress California from its clean energy and clean transportation efforts?
Imagine you run a small business. You incur a number of business expenses, ranging from direct labor, to cost of materials, to freight and others. Normally, these expenses would be deductible since they are part of the cost of doing business.
In a fast-moving and innovative industry like energy storage, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement to deploy this versatile and flexible energy technology as quickly as possible. That said, while the industry should continue to strive to quickly commercialize and deploy energy storage, we must also stress the safety and reliability of these technologies.
In 1894, civilization faced a pollution crisis. The London Times newspaper predicted... “In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under nine feet of horse manure.” This became known as the ‘Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894’. The terrible situation was debated in 1898, at the world’s first international urban planning conference in New York, but no solution could be found. It seemed urban civilization was doomed.
Here in San Francisco Bay Area, entrepreneurs are taught to continuously improve on their new products, create ‘build-measure-learn’ feedback loops, and change-up or ‘pivot’ a product in fast cycles. Such principles promise success for many tech startups, particularly in the global hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley.
Energy storage is a silo buster! It represents an asset class that transcends the usual asset classes of generation, load, and transmission and distribution infrastructure by being able to operate as all three asset types. Energy storage is the LeBron James of energy technologies.
It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. When it comes to energy storage becoming a greater part of the tool-kit for enabling a greener, more efficient, and cost-effective electrical grid, we’ve taken that first step and surely a few beyond. Some of these steps, however, have been easier than others. As many of CESA’s members recall, those earliest steps often felt like they were uphill, in the snow, and into the wind!
The gas leak at Aliso Canyon’s underground storage facility has become infamous as the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history. The carbon footprint from the gas leak is said to be larger than the Deepwater Horizon leak in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and has left the facility with less than one-fifth of its capacity. Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) is now barred from storing gas at the Aliso Canyon facility until all wells are thoroughly investigated, and determined to be safe.