Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

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Comments have poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in recent weeks on proposed rules that industry players say would boost energy storage in wholesale markets and open new opportunity for microgrids. Issued in November, the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) attempts to smooth the way for energy storage to transact … [Read more...]

Microgrid Testing Now Large Focus at Smart Grid Labs

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Microgrid testing has become a large focus at smart grid research labs, according to survey results recently released by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). SGIP, a non-profit consortium of energy-related stakeholders, found that more than half of the labs surveyed now have microgrid test beds. In its second year, the 2016 North … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Monitoring & Control Helps Utilities Transition to the Prosumer Economy

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US, explains how distributed generation monitoring and control helps utilities transition to a prosumer economy.  The U.S. energy industry is in the middle of a significant transition. The status quo is shifting towards a more decentralized and dynamic … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Company sonnen Heightens US Play

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Watch out Tesla. German energy storage company sonnen is strengthening its presence on the U.S. East Coast with an investment in its Atlanta, Ga. plant. Pushing virtual power and other battery-based innovations, sonnen plans to combine under one roof all of its U.S. product development and manufacturing. It's calling the Georgia facility its … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: What a New Clean Energy Report Reveals

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The latest edition of the “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook” isn’t about microgrids per se, but it says a lot about the technologies commonly used inside microgrids. Many of the technologies are thriving and prices are falling, particularly for energy storage and solar. Fuel cells are on an uptick too, according to the report released this … [Read more...]

What, No Opposition? The Latest on Duke’s Unusual Mount Sterling Microgrid

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You won’t see this often. North Carolina regulators have canceled a hearing on an energy project – Duke Energy’s Mount Sterling microgrid – because no one had anything bad to say about it. Energy projects are notoriously galvanizing. Even small rooftop solar projects sometimes get kicked to the curb by someone who doesn’t like the looks of them. … [Read more...]

Why Arizona Public Service Sees Microgrid Investments as Risk Worthy

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Utilities are notoriously risk adverse. So why did Arizona Public Service (APS) take a chance on microgrid investments, not once but twice? By take a chance, we mean the utility chose to install two microgrids without getting pre-approval for cost recovery from state regulators. So if the Arizona Public Service Commission now disapproves the … [Read more...]

What are the Benefits of Energy Storage? Here’s What Texas Co-ops are Finding Out

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A 200-kWh advanced energy storage facility at Texas Electric Cooperatives’ Master Distribution Center in Georgetown, Texas is designed to help its 75 member co-ops learn about the benefits of energy storage -- and tap into a special pricing deal with a vendor. “Our project here at our Georgetown facility will provide an up-close opportunity … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

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In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles that Do Not Need the Grid: Is this Next?

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A new report by IDTechEx forecasts potential for a $100 billion market for electric vehicles that do not need the grid, but rely on their own power supply like solar and wind. The report calls these energy independent electric vehicles, or EIVs. EIVs were nothing more than a curiosity just five years ago, “too weak to lead to anything … [Read more...]