Vulnerable Oregon Coast Studied for Resiliency through Microgrids

Resiliency Through Microgrids

The Oregon coast could see increased resiliency through microgrids, given that it's expected to be the site of a devastating earthquake in the future. What's more, the area experiences outages due to big storms and winds--storms that are only expected to get stronger with global warming, said Adam Schultz, senior policy analyst at the Oregon … [Read more...]

Play a Game to Design a Rural Microgrid

Rural Microgrid

In developing countries, a major challenge to the success of a rural microgrid is gathering enough information about the community and its needs. To overcome this hurdle, Energy Action Partners has created a game—now in the testing phase. Called The Minigrid Game, it works by bringing together potential microgrid users, developers and … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

modular microgrids

Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

California Approves Compromise on Competitive EV Charging

competitive EV charging

California regulators approved a competitive EV charging model on Thursday that is expected to spur a record number of charging stations. The much-awaited decision by the California Public Utilities Commission emerged from a compromise struck by environmental organizations, EV drivers, EV charging companies and Pacific Gas & Electric … [Read more...]

Distributed Wind Energy: Plausible for Microgrids?

Distributed Wind Energy

Solar is the renewable resource often associated with microgrids. Distributed wind has seemed too niche and scarce to play much of a role. But don't count distributed wind out yet. Its numbers may grow. The amount of behind-the-meter distributed wind energy could reach 42 GW by 2020, according to a report from the federal Department of … [Read more...]

Recycle, Don’t Reuse, Those Valuable EV Batteries, For Now

EV batteries

Up to 65 GWH of EV batteries from retired plug-in cars are expected to enter the market by 2035—and there's a lot of money to be made from them. For now, it looks like recycling the EV batteries makes more sense than reusing them, but that may change with innovation in reuse technologies, said Chris Robinson, research associate for Lux Research … [Read more...]

Which Microgrid Controller Works Best Where?

microgrid controller

Which type of microgrid controller can take advantage of the largest amount of renewable energy? Which type of microgrid controller can wring the most money per MWh out of the microgrid? Which best ensures resiliency? Microgrid controllers can be optimized to focus on these and many other goals, but often can't be optimized to meet all these … [Read more...]

Proposed Decision on EV Charging Wins Praise in California

EV Charging Station

Private EV charging providers and users are hailing a proposed decision before California regulators for its handling of competitive concerns. An administrative law judge filed the proposal November 14 before the California Public Utilities Commission (A.15-02-009) on a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install 7,500 charging … [Read more...]

Guess Which North American Microgrid Market is Growing Fastest?

North American microgrid

The fastest-growing North American microgrid market surprised even the Navigant researchers who uncovered it in a report, “Market Data: Microgrids.” Public utilities took the prize, growing at 45.2 percent, which is the compounded annual growth rate of annual deployments between 2015 and 2024. “For North America, the biggest surprise over the … [Read more...]

New Program Takes Community Solar National with Out-of-State Buy-ins

community solar national

No community solar in your town? Not a problem. A Washington, D.C. based solar company says its taking community solar national. About 80 percent of US households don’t qualify for solar on their rooftops because they are renters or their roofs don’t get enough sun, said Kiran Bhatraju, CEO, Arcadia Power. His company last week announced a … [Read more...]