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The DOE's Loan Program Office Needs to Help Manufacturers and Consumers

On March 6 of this year I wrote in this column about the need for the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (LPO) to assist distributed energy projects, including distributed energy storage projects, rather than dedicate all its financial...

Posted August 31, 2015    

Dramatic Growth of Energy Storage Depends on Natural Gas Prices

 Intersolar North America, including ees™, its new dedicated program on energy storage, concluded this week at Moscone Center West in San Francisco.  NAATBatt, as part of its growing partnership with the Intersolar family of international...

Posted July 20, 2015    

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

Last week Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”.  The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues.  Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is...

Posted June 22, 2015    

Net Metering vs. Self-Generation for Solar PV

Recently, NAATBatt member Tucson Electric Power (TEP) announced a change in its net metering program, whereby TEP will compensate new solar PV customers for net metered electricity at the same rate that TEP pays for power from large solar arrays,...

Posted April 7, 2015    

Section 1703 Guarantees Should Focus on Battery Performance Warranty Obligations

Last July, NAATBatt International hosted a webinar on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, authorized under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Under the program, the DOE can make up to $4 billion of loan...

Posted March 10, 2015    

Gasoline Prices and the Battery Business

Retail prices for regular grade gasoline in the United States reached the lowest levels in four years primarily as a result of falling crude prices in the second half of 2014. As of December 12, the weekly retail price for regular gasoline...

Posted January 13, 2015    

What Will the Battery Market Look Like in 2030?

New Years is a good time for individuals to look to ahead and to wonder a bit about what the future holds them.  The same is true for companies and for entire industries.Earlier this past year at the Battery Show, Christophe Pillot of Avicenne...

Posted January 5, 2015    

Understanding the True Potential of Lithium-Ion Technology

Will lithium-ion batteries ever be able to compete with gasoline in powering light vehicles?  Ten years ago, many optimists said yes.  But the last ten years of working with lithium-ion technology created many pessimists. They discovered...

Posted December 31, 2014    

Advanced Batteries and the Midterm Elections

On Tuesday of this week, Washington reshuffled with Republicans capturing a solid majority of the U.S. Senate.  With their capture of the Senate, the Republicans control both houses of Congress and have the ability to pass legislation of their...

Posted November 10, 2014    

Falling Oil Prices May Make for Unlikely Allies

World crude oil prices have declined by over 20% since June 2014 and prices could decline to much lower levels by year’s end.  This may be good news, short term, for U.S. consumers.  But the declining price of oil, if it continues longer...

Posted October 27, 2014    

The Politics of Distributed Generation

One of the most interesting presentations this year at The Battery Show was the Fireside Chat – The State of Energy Storage Both Sides of the Meter panel, hosted by Dirk Spiers of ATC New Technologies.  The panel discussed the implications of...

Posted September 29, 2014    

Tesla Gigafactory: Nevada Makes Its Choice

The big news in the battery industry this week was the much anticipated announcement of where Tesla Motors is going to build its gigafactory for lithium-ion batteries.  Five states were at least nominally in the running. The winner is the State...

Posted September 8, 2014