Jimmy Buffett Musical Escape to Margaritaville Sets Cast Album Release Date

first_img Escape to Margaritaville View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 1, 2018 An original Broadway cast recording of Escape to Margaritaville, the new show featuring the music of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, will be released on February 16, 2018, the morning of the show’s first Broadway performance. The album, which will be recorded this month in Chicago, features both original songs along with many of Buffett’s classics.Escape to Margaritaville recently premiered in New Orleans and Houston, and will play Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from November 9-December 2 before appearing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. Opening night is set for March 15.”It is a strange and wonderful feeling to hear your songs sung by others with the new and exciting mission to create a melodic ship on which the story of Escape to Margaritaville can sail,” said Buffett. “I marvel at how our crew and their interpretations of both classic and new songs are taking the good ship Margaritaville towards a new and exciting port of call: Broadway.”The cast of Escape to Margaritaville includes Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Eric Petersen, Rema Webb, Don Sparks, Andre Ward, Matt Allen, Tessa Alves, Sara Andreas, Tiffany Adeline Cole, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Steven Good, Angela Grovey, Albert Guerzon, Autumn Guzzardi, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ryann Redmond, Julius Anthony Rubio, Nick Sanchez, Ian Michael Stuart and Brett Thiele.Escape to Margaritaville includes Buffett classics like “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” With a book by Emmy winner Greg Garcia and Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley, the musical is choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine and directed by Tony winner and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.Get a sneak peek at Escape to Margaritaville in the Show segment below. Related Showslast_img read more


Odds & Ends: Bette Midler & Allison Janney to Lead Addams Family Movie’s Voice Cast & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today and this weekend. Bette Midler & Allison Janney to Lead Addams Family Movie’s Voice CastHello, Dolly! Tony winner Bette Midler and Oscar winner Allison Janney are among the newly announced stars who have signed on to voice roles in the upcoming animated Addams Family film, according to Deadline. The movie is scheduled for an October 11, 2019 release. Midler will voice the role of Grandmama with Janney as Margaux Needler. The cast will also include Oscar winner Charlize Theron as Morticia, Broadway alum Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday and Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley.Younger Renewed for Sixth Season TV Land’s Younger is getting older, and we couldn’t be happier. On the day the small-screen series begins its fifth season, the beloved show starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster has been picked up for a sixth, according to TV Line. In addition to Foster, Younger features Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann and Molly Bernard. Get a look at the season-five trailer below. George Marcy, Original West Side Story Cast Member, Has DiedVeteran Broadway performer George Marcy, whose main-stem credits include the original productions of Damn Yankees and West Side Story, died in May at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marcy’s death was confirmed by publicist Merle Frimark. Marcy was the understudy to Ken LeRoy in the role of Bernardo in the original Broadway production of West Side Story (1957), appearing alongside legendary original star Chita Rivera. “To imagine this world and my life without George is difficult because he was a brother to me and my family,” said Rivera. “He was a handsome, wild, funny, passionate song-and-dance man—and boy could he dance. I’ll miss him desperately but he’ll live on in my world.” Marcy also appeared in the original Broadway productions of Damn Yankees (1955), Carnival! (1961) and Billy (1969), in addition to playing Conrad Birdie in out-of-town productions of Bye Bye Birdie (1967). In 2013, Marcy took his own cabaret show on the road and performed at New York’s famed club Don’t Tell Mama.Actors Fund Affordable Housing Initiative Opens Lottery for NYC ApartmentsThe Actors Fund’s Affordable Housing Initiative has announced a lottery newly open for 435 West 31 Apartments. This affordable housing lottery, for 103 newly constructed, rent-stabilized units, is an opportunity for people in the entertainment community and other households who meet low-to-moderate income requirements. The application deadline for 435 West 31 Apartments is July 3.center_img Bette Midler(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more


James T. Lane, Bonnie Milligan & More to Star in Encores! Off-Center’s Promenade

first_imgJames T. Lane(Photo provided by Polk and Co.) Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming Encores! Off-Center staging of Al Carmines and Maria Irene Fornés’ 1969 musical Promenade. The previously announced two-night production, directed by Laurie Woolery, choreographed by Hope Boykin and music-directed by Greg Jarrett, will run at New York City Center on July 10 and 11.The company will include James T. Lane (Kiss Me, Kate!) as 105 and Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) as Miss Cake, with Mark Bedard (Pride and Prejudice) as Jailer, Becca Blackwell (Hurricane Diane) as Mayor, Eddie Cooper (The Cradle Will Rock) as Mr. R, Daniel Everidge (Found) as Mr. T, Carmen Ruby Floyd (After Midnight) as Miss I, Marcy Harriell (Rent) as Miss U, Bryonha Parham (Prince of Broadway) as Servant, Don Darryl Rivera (Aladdin) as Soldier/Driver, Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables) as Miss O, Steve Routman (The Shaggs) as Soldier/Injured Man, Saundra Santiago (The Glass Menagerie) as Mother and J.D. Webster (Porgy and Bess) as Mr. S. Casting for the role of 106 will be announced at a later date.Promenade follows two escaped prisoners, known only as 105 (Lane) and 106, as they run through the city, mingling with an assortment of characters from the poor and homeless to the extremely wealthy.Preceding Promenade at Encores! Off-Center will be a new staging of Working (June 26-29); closing out the season will be a production of Road Show (July 24-27). View Commentslast_img read more


Appeal for laptop, printer for tutor

first_imgLeslie van Rooyen, right, of Youth 4 Change Global, is trying to get a laptop and printer for tutor Jane van Schalkwyk. A Manenberg organisation has launched a public appeal to get a laptop and a printer for a local tutor. Jane van Schalkwyk is a board member of Youth 4 Change Global run by Leslie van Rooyen.Mr Van Rooyen said he was so impressed with Ms Van Schalkwyk’s work in the community that he wanted to help her and show her special recognition during Women’s Month.Ms Van Schalkwyk moved to Manenberg four years ago to be close to her daughter. She is originally from Namibia and lived in Bloemfontein most of her adult life. After working as a legal secretary for 23 years, she struggled to find work in Cape Town but then a woman in her road asked if she could help her Grade 4 grandchild who could not read.“I got involved with tutoring when my children were still at primary school. It started again when I was approached by the grandmother,” Ms Van Schalkwyk said. “Within six months, the child was able to read, and then we started focusing on other subjects. I got the shock of my life when she passed last year with A and B symbols. She also received a certificate for the best progress made.” Ms Van Schalkwyk lives in the same road as Mr Van Rooyen, and she got involved with his organisation. Apart from serving as a board member she is also a Youth 4 Change education officer.Ms Van Schalkwyk also completed a Wordworks home-based school partnerships programme at Easter Peak Primary School. Wordworks, a non-profit organisation, celebrated her as one of their “early literacy champions” during Women’s Month last year. Ms Van Schalkwyk now tutors 14 children for a nominal fee. “We continued working during lockdown, and I am proud to say all my children excelled during the first term. Classes are huge at schools, and sometimes the teachers rush through the curriculum. I take my time with them and we will not move on until the child understands the work completely. I am very strict and don’t believe in spoon-feeding.”Taryn Philander said her sons’ school work had improved a lot after Ms Van Schalkwyk had started tutoring them.“My eldest son moved from an Afrikaans-medium school to an English medium, and he struggled to adjust. Jane, being fully bilingual, helped him with his languages. He made a huge improvement… She also assisted our younger son with his mathematics. She makes it fun for them.”Allan Thompson, another parent, said Ms Van Schalkwyk did “incredible work”.“She helps the children with more than just school work. She is almost like a social worker or another mother to them. She always gives us as parents feedback and my child has improved so much,” he said.If you can assist, contact Mr Van Rooyen at 065 883 5091, Ms Van Schalkwyk at 064 404 8443 or email [email protected]last_img read more


Biar Tidak Kecopetan, Yuk Kenali Ciri-Ciri Terduga Copet

first_img1. Gerakan tanganBiasanya gerak gerik seorang pencopet memang susah dikenali, namun ada beberapa gerakan yang bisa dilihat yakni tangan si pencopet. Tangan pencopet akan mencari sasaran dan menyelinap di antara himptan-himpitan tubuh orang-orang baik yang akan menjadi korban atau tidak.2. Lirikan mataPaling mudah sebenarnya adalah melihat lirikan mata. Pencopet tidak akan melirik pada satu tujuan bila belum menemukan targetnya. Namun, bila target sudah ditemukan maka, si copet akan terus melihat ke arah target. Contohnya bila melihat tas terbuka atau dompet yang sedikit menyembul keluar dari saku, penglihatan copet ini seperti mata elang dan bisa dengan mudah melihat targetnya dengan jelas.3. Posisi berdiriPencopet bila sudah mendapatkan target incarannnya, akan berdiri mendekati sang korban. Kemudian perlahan-lahan memepet korban dan langsung mengambil barang-barang korban seperti dompet ataupun ponsel.4. PenampilanSetiap copet pastinya tidak ingin diketahui dirinya copet. Kadang orang yang layaknya pekerja kantoran juga bisa menjadi seorang copet dan yang berpakaian kumal biasanya bukan. Namun, banyak yang berpersepsi seorang copet lebih ke berpakaian kumal. Bila Anda melihat yang kumal berarti copet benar-benar seperti bunglon. Selain itu tampang seroang copet juga tidak bisa dikenali dengan jelas. Karena mimik wajahnya sama dengan masyarakat biasanya yang sedang naik kendaraan umum.5. GenderJangan salah, seorang copet bukan hanya laki-laki, karena perempuann juga ada yang berprofesi sebagai copet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related The New Yorker Apa yang kerap di khawatirkan saat naik kendaraan umum? Sebagian orang mungkin menyebut bahwa takut akan aksi pencopetan. Karena tak mau apes terkena copet, maka kewaspadaan mutlak dikedepankan saat di moda angkutan umum. Tapi faktanya sekedar waspada belum dirasa cukup, akan lebih sempurna bila Anda mampu mengenali orang atau kelompok yang diduga kuat sebagai pencopet.Namun bukan perkara mudah untuk mengidentifikasi para terduga copet, termasuk juga tidak mudah mengenali pencopet dari tampangnya. Pasalnya perilaku dan wajah mereka pencopet bisa saja seperti korban atau tidak menunjukkan tanda-tanda seorang copet. Atau bisa dikata pencopet pada dasarnta ingin membaur dan tidak mencolok kehadirannya.Berikut hasil investigasi untuk mengetahui lebih cepat ciri-ciri pencopet, khususnya pencopet yang kerap beroperasi di rangkaian KRL (Kereta Rel Listrik) Commuter Line.last_img read more


Marshfield softball sweeps two from Big Rivers teams

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMAUSTON – The Marshfield softball team improved to 3-0 this season with a pair of victories over Big Rivers Conference competition on Saturday at Woodside Sports Complex.Marshfield whipped Eau Claire Memorial 14-4 and Menomonie 4-3 in nonconference action Saturday afternoon.Marshfield started out the game against Memorial on fire, scoring 11 straight runs with one out in the bottom of the first inning to take an 11-2 lead.Megan Donahue had an RBI triple and a two-run double in the first inning, and Caitlin Kozik added an RBI double in the rally.Kozik earned the win, striking out two and not allowing a walk in a complete-game effort.The Tigers fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of the second game as well, but quickly rallied and held on late for the win over Menomonie.Marshfield scored twice in the bottom of the first to tie it, and had single runs in the fourth and sixth to pull ahead by two. The Mustangs scored once in the seventh, but Donahue closed out the win. She had nine strikeouts and three walks to earn the victory.Lexi Dupee was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple, and finished with five hits overall in the two games.“The top of the batting order, especially at the beginning of the games, have really been coming through,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “Overall, the offense is doing a pretty good job. We’re getting girls on base, moving them around and coming through with big hits to score some runs.”Marshfield hosts Stevens Point at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 14, Old Abes 4Eau Claire Memorial 200 02 – 4 8 3Marshfield (11)03 0x – 14 11 3WP: Caitlin Kozik. LP: Miah Peterson.SO: Peterson 1, Dani Mestelle 2; Kozik 2. BB: Peterson 3, Mestelle 1; Kozik 0.Top hitters: M, Megan Donahue 2×2, 2B, 3 RBIs; Kozik 2B; Melissa Roberts 2 hits; Lexi Dupee 2 RBIs.Records: Marshfield 2-0; Memorial 0-2.—Tigers 4, Mustangs 3Menomonie 200 000 1 – 3 5 1Marshfield 200 101 x – 4 5 3WP: Donahue. LP: Manor.SO: Manor 3; Donahue 9. BB: Manor 0; Donahue 3.Top hitters: MAR, Dupee 3×3, 2 2Bs, 3B; Emily Draeger 2B.Records: Marshfield 3-0; Menomonie 0-3.last_img read more


Augmented Reality Maps and Directions Coming to iPhone

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting john paul titlow Image courtesy of Patently Apple. Tags:#Apple#web Related Posts In the not-too-distant future, iPhone users may be navigating around using an augmented reality interface that overlays all kinds of data relevant to their immediate location, as well as turn-by-turn traveling directions from one location to another. Instead of navigating as a little blue dot along a purple line on a 2D, birds-eye-view map, think of the future version of the iPhone’s native Maps and Compass apps as something a bit more like Google Street View meets Yelp’s mobile augmented reality feature Monocle. Apple has applied for a patent to do exactly that, according to a post on Patently Apple. The patent also includes details that point to Google Goggles-style visual search functionality. Just as people can use Google’s mobile visual search feature to look up recognizable objects and barcodes, in the future, the iPhone’s camera will be able to pull up relevant local data about an intersection or landmark. So for example, if you’re navigating the streets of a new city, holding your phone up in front of you, the screen will display a live video feed of what’s in front of you and overlay information about what’s nearby, as well as what your next move is in order to get to where you’re headed. Presumably the feature would also work on iPads, whose bigger screens might be even better suited to cramming several graphical visualizations of data about nearby places and things. Of course, there are already turn-by-turn GPS apps for iOS, Android and other operating systems, but having an augmented reality-based navigational system that’s native to the phone is pretty unique. And while other vendors may come out with apps that have similar functionality, having this feature baked right into such a widely used device by default could make this futuristic-sounding equivalent to the map and compass approach near-mainstream status as quickly as a new version of the iPhone can sell. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Dispatches from Rio+20: Tackling Complex, Global Problems in a Beautiful City

first_imgAfter three hours, the picture was becoming pretty blurry. Everyone had good intentions, but it was hard to coalesce around a unified vision.Toward the end, Manish raised his hand to provide some closing thoughts. He spoke eloquently about the challenge before us. As he explained, the Rio negotiations are not headed in a positive direction. Despite the scale of the issues, the emerging text appears to be weakened in key areas, potentially even moving backward from previous conferences, such as Johannesburg in 2002 and the Rio “Earth Summit” in 1992.My ears really perked up as Manish described how the blame rests partly within the mainstream environmental movement. It’s clear that in recent years, environmental groups and their supporters have bolstered their case based on scientific understanding and economics. However, we’ve recently fallen short when it comes to pushing for action based on rights, fairness, and equity. Looking at other recent popular movements – like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall St. – it’s clear that the environmental movement could do more to tap into people’s underlying passion that can, in turn, garner the attention of public officials. Without such pressure, it’s hard to imagine political leaders taking the urgent action on sustainability that we need today.A Time for ActionThis perspective resonates here at Rio+20. Despite the impressive set-up, there continues to be a yawning disconnect between the urgency of the challenges we face and the urgency for action.As we enter the second – and final – week at Rio, we will need world leaders to step up with more ambitious commitments along with concrete solutions. I’m hopeful that the side events, informal meetings, and networking together can produce some positive results, along with fresh thinking and a renewed energy.As heads of state prepare to arrive in Rio, they need to realize that the battles should not be focused inside the negotiating rooms. The battles should address how to shake off the clutches of the vested interests as we enhance environment protection and find a path forward for sustainable economic development. They should come here to make sure that people and the planet can live together. That’s what they should be fighting for.There’s no doubt that this summit won’t solve everything. But there’s still a real opportunity to make sure Rio+20 will be remembered for more than just the pretty scenery. A Split ConferenceTo a large extent, the conference is split into two parts: negotiations around the formal text, which will become the official outcome document for the summit, and the informal sessions. In the former, negotiators are wrangling over the words that will hopefully culminate in a meaningful global agreement on sustainability. In the informal sessions, groups and individuals are meeting to discuss the issues of the day– and will hopefully come up with ideas that will help us make headway on the big environmental challenges, like climate change, water scarcity, and deforestation, among many others.WRI is quite active on both fronts. Many of my colleagues are pushing to strengthen the language in the official outcome document. Others are leading or participating in events, working with leaders in business, government, and civil society to identify opportunities or come up with new strategies. In total, WRI experts are organizing or presenting in more than 25 events.Sustainable Development DialoguesOn Saturday, we participated in the Sustainable Development Dialogue on Fighting Poverty. Manish Bapna, WRI’s interim president, participated, along with representatives from nine other organizations. It was a diverse panel ranging from elite academics to indigenous advocates. Perhaps not surprisingly, the dialogue itself was equally broad: the speakers discussed 10 ideas about how to advance sustainability efforts to fight poverty and promote economic development.WRI’s Interim President, Manish Bapna, at the Sustainable Development Dialogues event. Photo credit: Michael Oko, WRI I’ve been to many great cities around the world, but none surpass Rio’s stunning setting. The city sits along the coast, where ocean waves splash up on wide, white sand beaches. Across the way, mountain peaks line Rio’s winding roads. It’s winter here, though it sure doesn’t feel like it. Temperatures are in the mid-70s, with a cool breeze in the evenings. Not a bad place to spend a few days.In some ways, this beautiful setting could make you forget about the environmental challenges we face, which is, after all, the reason I’m here. This week, some 50,000 people are expected to gather in Rio to advance solutions around sustainability. That sounds like a good idea, but, like many others, I’m struggling to figure out what exactly it means.last_img read more


10 months agoLiverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield success

first_imgLiverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield successby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeorginio Wijnaldum insists Liverpool’s packed midfield is helping them improve as players.Jurgen Klopp has Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to pick from in central midfield. And Wijnaldum believes the competition encourages them players to raise their game.”It’s always good if you have competition in one position because that means you have to perform to stay in the team,” the midfielder, who has very often stayed in Jürgen Klopp’s team this season, tells”But I think that has to be normal at a club like Liverpool because it’s a top team, one of the biggest teams in England, so Liverpool will always sign good players and that means there will always be competition in the team.”That makes players even better – not only because you have an ‘opponent’ in your position, but also because you play and train against good teammates, so it makes you automatically a better player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Here Are The 68 Teams, Seeded 1-68, Picked To Make The NCAA Tournament By The Mock Selection Committee

first_imgMock selection committee picks 68 tournament teams.We are less than five weeks away from the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Or, in other words, the best time of the year. Bracketology is in full swing, with teams starting to secure their tournament position and seed ranges. This week, a mock NCAA Tournament selection committee gathered in Chicago. College basketball writers from across the country met up for a couple of days to pick the field of 68, seed the teams and place them in a bracket. Here are the 68 teams picked to make the 2015 NCAA Tournament, seeded No.1 to No. 68. The teams in green font are the automatic qualifiers. Here’s the #MockSelection seed list, 1 to 68, so far:— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) February 13, 2015The NCAA Tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, March 17, in Dayton, Ohio. The Round of 64 will start on Thursday, March 19.last_img read more


Brampton family unable to identify family member during trip to Ethiopia

first_imgThe Brampton, Ont., family that lost six members in the Ethiopia Airlines crash says authorities in that country have told them it could take up to six months to identify their relatives’ remains.The family said Sunday that during their trip to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, they were unable to identify their family members as they’d hoped.Manant Vaidya lost his parents Pannagesh Vaidya and Hansini Vaidya, his sister Kosha Vaidya, his brother-in-law Prerit Dixit, and nieces Ashka and Anushka Dixit in the plane crash last week.Officials say 157 people from 35 different countries were killed when the Nairobi-bound plane crashed shortly after takeoff.Vaidya travelled with his wife and two daughters to Ethiopia and had hoped to transport his family members’ remains to India for a burial ritual before returning to Canada.The family was on the flight as they travelled to Kenya on a vacation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Heise announces legislation to combat human trafficking

first_img More than 20 bills introduced as a result of commission findingsState Rep. Kurt Heise, chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee and co-chairman of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking, today unveiled a major bipartisan legislation package that is the product of months of research, meetings, and coordination with state agencies.Heise, along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, state officials, and members of the commission, released a list of recently introduced bills that brings the total amount of legislation to more than 20 bills.“When the commission was created our goal was to attack this horrible crime in the most aggressive and efficient manner possible,” said Heise, R-Plymouth. “We have now introduced more than 20 bills since the commission released its final report where it outlined 11 legislative objectives. We are serious about attacking this problem, and we are committed to a victim-centered approach. This is about making Michigan safer and doing everything we can to save children and vulnerable adults.”Heise has been working closely with the Attorney General to ensure that all of Michigan’s agencies, both legislative and law enforcement, are working together to ensure law enforcement has the most effective legislative tools to combat these crimes and that victims are given the help they need instead of treating them as criminals.“I pledge my full support toward implementing the action agenda presented by the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking.  We must pass legislation to improve our ability to bring traffickers to justice and to rescue and provide for victims’ needs.  And every step we take must revolve around a victim-centered approach, one that honors, loves and respects the children, women and men exploited through this terrible crime,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette, co-chairman of the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking.“These bills also underscore the true bipartisan nature of the anti-human trafficking effort,” Heise said, “this is an example of Lansing lawmakers working together to protect children and vulnerable adults.”Heise said these bills show the commitment and seriousness of the commission towards effectively attacking this problem. The bills include the revision of kidnapping statues to cover trafficking, changes to protect victims of trafficking instead of considering them “prostitutes,” modernization of legal definitions to account for changes in criminal tactics, and the creation of a permanent human trafficking commission within the Attorney General’s office to ensure future attention on this issue.“These are complex crimes and our goal is to get out ahead of the criminal element and find ways to not only punish criminals, but to stop them before they become deeply rooted in our communities,” Heise said. “As a father of two teenage girls, I also believe we have a moral responsibility to craft victim-centered legislation where we help the victims of this crime while punishing and removing from society those who would exploit them.”### Categories: News 23Jan Heise announces legislation to combat human traffickinglast_img read more


How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry

That makes electricity different from most industries. Just imagine what would happen if automakers had to do this. The moment you bought a car, a worker would have to drive it out the factory gate. Assembly lines would constantly speed up and slow down based on consumer whims.It sounds maddening and ridiculous, right? But electric grid operators basically pull this off, balancing supply and demand every few seconds by turning power plants on and off. That’s why a storage boom would make a big difference. Storage creates the equivalent of a warehouse to stow electricity when it is plentiful for other times when it is needed. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The U.S. Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the cost of solar energy and to make it easier to deploy. Stretching powerEnergy storage can help in a variety of ways, essentially serving as a Swiss Army knife for electricity grids. It can help balance short-term power fluctuations, manage peak demand or act as a backup to prevent or recover from power outages.And it can be deployed at any scale and at any point in the grid, from a small home storage system to a pumped hydroelectric reservoir big enough to power a small city. While storage actually consumes a little electricity rather than producing any, it makes the electricity business more economically efficient. As the volume of storage grows, we expect grids to become more stable and flexible. Storage may also make a big difference with electricity generated through solar or wind power – which can only be harnessed when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. But, in general, it isn’t necessary for that purpose yet. While those industries are growing quickly, wind power generates only about 6 percent of U.S. electricity and solar less than 2 percent. Electricity grids can currently use almost all of that power as it is produced.Grid operators, accustomed to managing the variable supply and demand for power, can manage the extra unpredictability they get from wind and solar energy now. But as utilities, businesses and consumers bring more renewable energy online, the grid may become harder to balance without additional storage.To be sure, hydroelectric plant operators have been storing power for a long time. The U.S. has the capacity to store some 22 gigawatts in pumped hydropower, about 2 percent of U.S. generating capacity. Yet its reliance on large water reservoirs, which can’t be easily constructed near power markets, limits the growth potential of this energy option. Competing with natural gasOnce energy storage scales up, utilities will meet peak demand more easily with less total capacity and fewer power plants. If they can rely on storage to supply power during high-demand hours instead of building new power plants, it can save money all around.But storage isn’t the only game in town – other technologies offer similar benefits. Utilities can install new transmission lines or rely on flexible natural gas, which is essentially the biggest competitor for energy storage.Natural gas generation produces about a third of the nation’s electricity today and provides many of the same benefits as storage since these power plants are easy to switch on and off. The relatively low prices for natural gas, less than half of what they were a decade ago due to widespread hydrofracking, have probably slowed energy storage growth until now. Natural gas has become increasingly popular for power generation, displacing demand for coal since 2000. But if storage gets cheap enough, this equation may flip and storage could threaten the economics of natural gas generation. The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at a rapid clip, driven by declining prices and supportive government policies. Explore further Help from the government and better batteriesOne reason why this industry is growing is that it’s getting a boost from the government.California, Maryland, New Jersey and Nevada are subsidizing storage, mandating its adoption or both. A similar measure is pending in Hawaii’s legislature.And despite the Trump administration’s efforts to maximize fossil fuel extraction, the federal government is now laying the regulatory groundwork for the storage industry to compete directly in open wholesale energy markets for the first time. Improvements in technology have made a difference, too. Battery technology, led by the same lithium-ion design that powers mobile phones, is making big strides and getting much cheaper. Lithium-ion batteries are both responsible for most of this new wave of grid-connected energy storage and the critical component inside the rapidly growing number of American electric vehicles. For example, the lithium-ion battery used in the the Tesla Powerwall, a home battery system, is the same as the one the company uses in its vehicles.Grid-scale lithium batteries often differ from those in cars but use the same basic technology. The price of utility-scale lithium-ion battery systems fell 40 percent in just five years to around US$1,200 per kilowatt-hour in 2015 from roughly $2,100 in 2010 and are expected to continue falling. The futureThe grid currently has relatively little storage for the same reason that only about 200,000 of the 17.2 million vehicles Americans bought in 2017 were electric: It’s expensive today. Electric vehicles do not yet save money for most U.S. drivers. But market experts project that electric vehicles ownership will cost less than standard vehicles powered by gasoline within a decade and continue getting cheaper after that.Likewise, for the electricity grid, if storage gets cheap enough, its potential market could expand from 1 gigawatt-hour to dozens or even hundreds of gigawatt-hours. If or when that happens, wind and solar power would become more competitive, increasingly displacing both coal and natural gas – now the nation’s two top sources of electric power. And this cheaper storage would also make electric vehicles more affordable, reducing the amount of gasoline and diesel Americans consume. The electricity and automotive industries operate nearly the same way they did 50 years ago. But a world of low-cost batteries would change them both in exciting and unprecedented ways.No matter what happens, we believe that storage is “future-proof” because it works well on the current grid and with a wide variety of other technologies. If the wind and solar industries keep up their current momentum (and they probably will), storage will become even more valuable. But if the grid goes another direction – relying more on large and expensive generation plants, for example – storage would make it easier to manage peak demand without surplus capacity. Even if we can’t say exactly what the grid of the future will look like, we are pretty confident that storage will keep it humming in new ways. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Does energy storage make the electric grid cleaner? Grid-scale energy storage systems may make it easier to rely completely on renewable energy. Credit: petrmalinak/ Provided by The Conversation The Seneca pumped storage reservoir, on the left, and the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Warren County near Warren, Pa. Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library Citation: How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry (2018, March 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Based on our research on the operation and costs of electricity grids, especially the benefits of new technologies, we are confident energy storage could transform the way American homeowners, businesses and utilities produce and use power.Balancing actsEnergy storage in this context simply means saving electricity for later use. It’s like having a bunch of rechargeable batteries, but much larger than the ones in your cellphone and probably connected to the grid. After annual average growth of about 50 percent for five years, the U.S. electricity industry installed a total of 1 gigawatt-hour of new storage capacity between 2013 and 2017, according to the firm GTM Research. That’s enough to power 16 million laptops for several hours. While this amount of storage is less than 0.2 percent of the average amount of electricity the U.S. consumes, analysts predict that installations will double between 2017 and 2018 and then keep expanding rapidly in the U.S. and around the world. To see why this trend is a big deal, consider how electricity works.It takes a hidden world of complexity and a series of delicate balancing acts to power homes and workplaces because the grid has historically had little storage capacity. After being generated at power plants, electricity usually travels down power lines at the speed of light and most of it is consumed immediately.Without the means to store electricity, utilities have to produce just enough to meet demand around the clock, including peak hours. read more