Australian regulators give big boost to batteries, demand response

first_imgAustralian regulators give big boost to batteries, demand response FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker gave its support to the idea that they can compete freely on the wholesale electricity market.The decision announced by the Australian Energy Market Commission on Thursday is likely to encourage new players in the market to aggregate solar and battery storage installed in homes and businesses, as well as load controls, in a major shift to the way demand and supply is managed.It is also likely to encourage proponents of technologies that would manage the charging of electric vehicles, and the use of their combined battery capacity in the grid, and it could encourage peer-to-peer trading.In short, it means that customers with battery storage and electric vehicles can strike contracts with providers other than their main retailers to provide power to the grid when needed. It sets a signal that the Australian grid is finally moving to embrace 21st century technologies.That said, the AEMC – after years of deliberation and after initially rejecting the idea – has only given approval in principle. The idea still awaits a specific rule request that will likely repeat the battle between the proponents of new technologies, and those locked in the past.The decision by the AEMC in its Reliability Frameworks Review shapes up a major victory for the likes to Tesla, sonnen, Simec Zen, Reposit, Redback, Sunverge, and others who have argued for the development of “virtual power plants”. These are essentially rooftop solar and battery storage installations located “behind the meter” in homes and businesses which are connected by software. These “distributed energy resources” can be harnessed to help moderate prices and meet demand peaks.More: Win for Tesla, batteries, EVs and smart tech in Australian gridlast_img read more

Miami looks to end streak vs N. Illinois

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorthern Illinois (15-10, 8-4) vs. Miami (9-15, 2-9)John D. Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio; Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Northern Illinois looks to extend Miami’s conference losing streak to five games. Miami’s last MAC win came against the Eastern Michigan Eagles 73-68 on Jan. 25. Northern Illinois fell 63-59 at Ball State in its last outing. SENIOR STUDS: Northern Illinois’ Eugene German, Lacey James and Noah McCarty have collectively accounted for 52 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 58 percent of all Huskies points over the last five games.EFFECTIVE EUGENE: German has connected on 33.3 percent of the 177 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 24 over the last three games. He’s also made 72.1 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Miami is 0-9 this year when it scores 66 points or fewer and 9-6 when it scores at least 67.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The RedHawks have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Huskies. Miami has an assist on 24 of 58 field goals (41.4 percent) across its previous three outings while Northern Illinois has assists on 23 of 71 field goals (32.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Northern Illinois is ranked second among MAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 31.3 percent. The Huskies have averaged 11.8 offensive boards per game.___ Associated Press February 13, 2020center_img For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Miami looks to end streak vs N. Illinoislast_img read more