Behind the Rise of Microgrids: News from PJM, Navigant & Macquarie Capital

rise of microgrids

The impetus behind the rise of microgrids Many trace today’s rise of microgrids, energy storage, and distributed energy to the opening of competitive electricity markets. So, it’s worth noting that PJM, the nation’s largest grid operator, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of operating competitive wholesale power markets. Known in … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge to Moderate Panel at the Energy Storage Association Expo in Denver

Microgrid Knowledge

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, will lead a discussion, "Resilient Design: Micro? Nano? How Integrated Systems Excel," at the Energy Storage Association's (ESA) 27th Annual Conference and Expo, April 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 19, Room 205, at the Denver Convention … [Read more...]

Tweets, Bets, Billionaires…Tesla Says Rule Changes Would Boost Energy Storage in Australia

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RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson describes a push by Tesla to boost energy storage in Australia by removing regulatory barriers. Tesla has joined the growing chorus calling for a complete rethink of Australia’s energy market rules, saying they have been designed for old-fashioned centralized fossil fuel technologies, and do not encourage all the … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Seeks Clean Energy Ideas for Gas Station Resiliency During Power Outages

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Massachusetts is looking for innovative ideas to shore up gas station resiliency as part of its wider effort to boost clean energy. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking expressions of interest -- a precursor to a funding offer -- for demonstration projects that can help keep the lights on at gas stations during power … [Read more...]

Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

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The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation … [Read more...]

Four Hospital Microgrid Projects Get Nod from New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank

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One hospital microgrid recently closed on funds from the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank and three others won preliminary approval this week. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority took action on the projects, as part of a post-Superstorm Sandy effort to disburse $200 million from New Jersey’s second Community Development Block … [Read more...]

Long-Term Energy Storage: What are the Options When Lithium-ion Falls Short?

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Lithium-ion batteries are best positioned to meet the demand for energy storage over the next five to 10 years, but in the long run, other battery storage technologies will be needed for long-term energy storage and larger- scale applications. That's the word from Lux Research, which recently outlined up-and-coming battery storage technologies … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

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Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to … [Read more...]

Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid: What Will Come Out of Today’s Wild West?

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We're in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we're headed -- and it's big. Davis sees blockchain technology rehaping two of the pillars of our industrial economy: the grid and personal mobility. How can this happen? One … [Read more...]

One Day, Two States, History Making Moves on Distributed Energy Resources

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It was a shot heard around the world – or two shots rather – when yesterday New York and Massachusetts each took bold steps to accelerate distributed energy resources. New York ordered actions that begin placing a value on distributed energy resources, a key move in creating the kind of decentralized grid the state is pursuing under its … [Read more...]