The Energy Revolution Is Coming Soon to This Unlikely Destination

The U.S. now has more than 550 megawatts of “virtual power plants” hooked up. And the next country ready to join the energy storage parade may surprise you.

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Picture a battery that’s the size of a tractor trailer. If you need to store more power, just add more trailers and wire them all together.

That should give you a pretty good idea of what energy storage is all about.

The U.S. now has more than 550 megawatts of these “virtual power plants” hooked up to the electric grid.

And we’re starting to see energy storage become a big deal in what might seem like an unlikely place.

Energy Storage & Virtual Power Plants

Much of the United States’ storage capacity is in place in California and Arizona. (More battery storage is coming online in Texas as well.)


Those are all places where wind turbines fill an increasingly larger proportion of the regional power-generating load.

When the power grid doesn’t need all that electricity, the battery systems are standing by to store the excess.

And according to recent reports, Mexico appears ready to join the energy storage parade.

Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission recently told energy storage experts that it’s in the market to buy up to 2,300 megawatts of storage over the next decade.

South of the Border

Renewable energy like solar and wind is a big hit with residents and businesses in Mexico’s Baja region. But officials say the unreliable nature of renewables is starting to strain the power lines in the region.

So Mexico’s energy commissioners want to install at least 20 megawatts of energy storage in Baja to absorb the excess power from all those solar panels. The stored power can then be released when needed.

According to published reports, Mexico plans to increase its wind power generation by 400% through 2020. That means it will likely need to add even more energy storage to make full use of this inexhaustible resource.

It’s a scenario that plenty of other energy markets, in the U.S. and around the world, are coming to terms with. And it’s a key reason why I’ve made energy storage a part of the Total Wealth Insider portfolio.

Kind regards,

Jeff L. Yastine
Editor, Total Wealth Insider

  • Lou Vile

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  • jringo55

    America has the worst power grid on the planet for a nation it’s size. It’s out dated. It’s inefficient and it’s an outright pillaging of the consumer. If America operated via a power grid that matched Europe or Germany and other more developed nations we would consume half of the power and nearly half the cost to the consumer. WHY? 110 power at the point of use is wasted power. All appliances run better and more efficient on 220 power. America’s power grid is old and sitting on the edge of brown outs and black outs that can occur at any time. It’s totally outdated and wasted power consumption. Not to mention how much more the consumer pays for such waste.

  • jringo55

    As for wind turbines. One turbine alone cost well above 2 million dollars installed. Who is paying for these turbines? You can’t tell me they are free. Oh, I forgot, the govt has a money tree and all corporations are privy to it and the tax payer gets to pay the bill.

    From the web: “The costs for a utility scale wind turbine range from about $1.3 million to $2.2 million per MW of nameplate capacity installed. Most of the commercial-scale turbines installed today are 2 MW in size and cost roughly $3-$4 million installed”

  • johnfromojai

    Much saner to fund alternative energy/clean air that keeps you alive than the bloated, imperialist military that kills people and costs much more. 60% of your discretionary tax dollar goes to fund stupid ventures like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Vietnam, Yemen, Israel etc..

  • jringo55

    The military industrial complex is a corporation for profit. I stand by my statement that corporation’s bleed us and have been for decades. They are already rich. Bleeding us for their gain is totally wrong. If the rich were forced to fund their own schemes, there would be very little schemes at all.

  • If our government would stop catering to the big oil companies and focus on clean energy (which we already have) we could clean up our air and possibly reverse global warming and decrease disease throughout the world. Sometimes I wonder where the people we choose to run our government get their common sense, if they have any at all!

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    The CLAN behind this CRIMINAL horror is a MAFIA that has taken(kept) hold of many nation’s governments(U.S. since its inception), via usurping, bribery and blackmail of the congress crowd of CRIMINALs, false flag ops, PRESS ownership, fear-mongering, inDOCtrination via the entertainment industry(CIA), ORCHESTRATED financial collapses, … with at its bull’s eye the very centers of finances of the British ROYAL crown(face of the AshkeNAZI JOO Rothschild World MAFIA bosses) and its twin the FEDs in the U.S., both using the PRIVATE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL mainstream banking system masked as ‘FEDERAL'(incl. Wall Street) and the U.S. CRIMINAL military complex and its branch NATO, all manufactured by umpteen organizations such as the Trilateral Commission, CFR, ADL …(100s)… and nearly owned, populated to the tune of 80%(and up) by the JOOCLAN!
    -…need a hint!? check out who in the U.S. congress continually attempts to take your guns(last line of defense). The congress GUN CONTROL JOOCLAN.
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    …Prescott BUSH telling that if the American people knew what the BUSH family has done to the U.S., they would chase them in the streets to lynch them,
    …or Mother Rothschild stating on her death bed if it was not for her sons, there would be no wars!!! …
    …and don’t forget the BOLSHEVIK, 75% or more JOOcontrolled, MAO even!
    …do you smell a skunk or is it a MOSSADBUSH thermate asbestos nano powder cocktail – WTC-9/11!?

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  • Jim Brown

    What do you think of Trump’s actions so far? You know he is doing everything he can to bring back Coal. They are even talking about subdising it. There is no such thing as clean coal no matter what they say. They are doing away with the EPA. Not by outright eliminating it but, by driving everyone that wants to do there job out. I just wonder how low this country will go?

  • Stanley

    Yes, and look at the benefits if India and China kick in. From what I read, you can see what you breath in metropolitan cities in China.

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  • Iamnot dumb

    Pardon me, Jim Brown… but I can only be in the face when I stumble upon such ignorance!!!

    Your fckng TRUMPuppet who works for the AshkeNAZI JOO Rothschild/Brit ROYAL crown/BUSH CRIMINALs (CIA, MOSSAD, MI-x, etc…) makes ZERO decisions.

    He is only a fckng CRIMINAL marionette spinning lame brains like yours! …and as it appears, he is also a complete fOOl!
    Check out the videos where he utters total garbage repeating the same lame phrase over and over! This idiot is English Language lacking!

    You are riding on the propaganda that has surrounded his realm building him as a great businessman… he is a fraud… sued everywhere, and supported by JOO money…, propped by JOO interests, and finally installed as head-puppet of JOOmurika.

    Make one small effort and research what JFK exposed in his famous speech!!! Look into the ‘George’ magazine… and smell the BUSH!
    …and take a good look at WTC-9/11 for the BIG of it!

    STOP talking nation to nation, president-this president-that, left or right, and the infinite line of isms garbage you are fed!!! fool!

    Every fckng U.S. President has been nothing but the face for a MAJOR CRIMINAL JOO MAFIA that ruined the East(JOO led USSR BOLSHEVISM, INDIA CO., MAO), the so-called third world, and now the West(with a twist!).

    The shadow JOO/FREEMASON government has siphoned the rest of the world, at least for 100s of years… though it originates in civilisations of antiquity.

    Start with checking who owns, controls…
    BANKs – and why PUBLIC banks platforms are now rising
    JOOllywood propaganda machine
    Food (Monsanto, etc)
    JUDICIAL(all judges are FREEMASON)
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  • Jim Brown

    Hay lamebrain how in the world do you figure I like Trump? What’s the matter you don’t feel you country has been able to compete. … get to work, ignoramus!