Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Conversation About Net Metering

BY KENT SINGER, CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Reprinted from Colorado Country Life magazine

Here’s a test. How many of you can define the term “net energy metering?” I bet those of you have installed rooftop solar panels or some other type of renewable energy source at your home understand the term. Even if you haven’t installed solar panels and don’t intend to, net energy metering, or NEM, still impacts you as an electric co-op member.

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CREA Energy Summit Looks at Industry Innovations

Updates on wind generation technology, what’s happening with net metering, an outlook for natural gas, today’s advances in battery storage — these were just some of the topics covered in this year’s CREA Energy Innovations Summit October 26 in downtown Denver.

The day-long program was packed with experts from all parts of the energy industry and a variety of viewpoints were presented to the more than 250 attendees.

A highlight of the day was the lunch presentation by Dr. Donald Sadoway of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who spoke on the liquid metal battery. Dr. Sadoway was excited about how this battery can help create storage that will allow the electric grid to further incorporate resources that are currently not dispatachable. The new liquid metal battery designed by his students at MIT and now being developed by Ambri is a grid-scale storage technology that can be used by a variety of participants in the electric industry.

This new technology is flexible, able to respond in milliseconds to grid signals. It has little cycle-to-cycle capacity fade, which allows for an amazingly long life span. And it is emissions free, operates silently and has no moving parts, which also adds to its long lifespan.

Read the Innovations newsletter for future reports on the Summit programs. And plan to attend next year’s Summit.

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