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When we have specific news, thoughts or commentary on events that affect our industry, not only do we robustly debate it amongst ourselves, we blog about it here! We love what we do, and would welcome discussion with you about it if you’d like to contact us.

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New York is revolutionizing battery projects by allowing dual participation

This year, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) officially became the first grid operator to allow storage technologies to play a dual participating role in energy markets. This type of participation will facilitate battery installations across New York and the country as other grid operators follow their lead. To successfully develop and operate these systems, the intricacies of dual participation dispatch will need to be fully understood; and the Con Edison REV Demonstration pilot project will serve as an important example.

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Integrating CHP and Battery Storage - The Financial Case for Hybrid Solutions

We introduced the concept of hybrid Combined Heat and Power (“CHP”) and Battery Energy Storage Systems (“BESS”) and went on to examine the technical use case that lends itself well to such configurations. However, success of an energy project is eventually contingent on financial returns. In the final post in this series, we examine the factors that contribute to financial success of a hybrid solution.

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Integrating CHP and Battery Storage - The Technical Case for Hybrid Solutions

In the previous post in this series examining the integration of Combined Heat and Power (“CHP”) and Battery Energy Storage Systems (“BESS”), we introduced the common issues faced by CHP systems and how BESS serves to mitigate them. In this post, we dive deeper into the technical feasibility of a hybrid solution by studying load profiles and identifying trends that lend themselves well to hybrid solutions.

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Integrating CHP and Battery Storage

The clean energy revolution has resulted in several technology, market, and policy drivers to accelerate the deployment of distributed energy resources. As the industry continues to evolve, innovative technical and financial configurations have come to life, each contextualized to hyper-local incentives, load profiles and customer goals. In this series of blogposts, GI Energy examines integrating two technologies that have the technical potential to complement each other’s performance; Combined Heat and Power (“CHP”) and Battery Energy Storage Systems (“BESS”). We start by introducing the concept and go on to study and technical and financial use cases that support this hybrid configuration.

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SGIP Equity Budget Updates

On our blog earlier this year, GI Energy published a briefing on California’s SGIP. Since 2001, SGIP has offered financial incentives for distributed energy resource (DER) systems installed behind the customer meter. SGIP has undergone many changes since its inception, one of which being the creation of an equity budget in October 2017. The equity budget set aside a portion of SGIP funds for low income households and environmentally burdened communities. Now, SGIP has been updated once more to set aside a portion of the equity budget for resiliency purposes.

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Battery Fire Safety

As lithium-ion energy storage systems proliferate across the country, safety concerns are, reasonably, being raised. GI Energy is in the process of installing four 1 MWh / 1 MW systems across New York City.

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Microgrid 2019 Conference in San Diego

The 2019 Microgrid Knowledge conference in San Diego, California brought together developers, utilities, technology firms, and end-users to learn and share the latest in microgrids. This blog discusses what our team thought were the highlights of the conference and GI Energy's involvement on two of it's panels.

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The NY-BEST in the business

The NY-BEST (New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology) Conference brought together the “best” battery manufacturers, developers, suppliers and consultants in New York State (NYS). Featured speakers included leading policy entities such as NYSERDA, NRDC, and NYS Department of Public Service (DPS) – very appropriate given the urgency of the state’s upcoming storage goal of 3,000 MW by 2030.

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A different sort of energy...

GI Energy is proud to sponsor the Joffrey Ballet via its 9th annual ‘Winning Works’ program, a choreographic competition for ALAANA (African, LatinX, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists.

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Campus energy solutions - as discussed at IDEA

GI Energy was listening hard to attendees of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) Campus Energy 2019 Conference in New Orleans, LA last week. Their conversations reflected many campuses underlying energy concerns, thoughts and aspirations: from what source should energy be generated? What technologies are available to support the transition to ‘clean energy’?

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Conference Learnings: DistribuTECH

GI Energy (GIE) recently exhibited at the 2019 DistribuTECH conference in New Orleans, LA. This conference brought together ~13,000 energy professionals from utilities across the country, as well as developers and manufacturers from across the globe.

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