Businesses Turn to Self-Generation, Renewables and Storage for Reliability

self-generation

More businesses are turning to self-generation, renewables and storage to diversify, ensure reliability, and meet corporate sustainability goals. And those that aren’t procuring renewable energy say they’d more likely to, if they could combine it with energy storage. That’s the word from a new report from Deloitte, “Resources 2017 Study – … [Read more...]

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Services, But Regulations Needed: Pilot

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Resources

EVs provide valuable grid services, but regulations are needed to ensure that the benefits are maximized, according to a report about a BMW/PG&E pilot program, BMW iCharge Forward. BMW and PG&E partnered in a demand response program involving 100 BMW i3 cars in the San Francisco Bay area plus a solar-powered stationary BMW 2nd life … [Read more...]

Thriving Times for Microgrids and Nanogrids. Thank You Batteries and Distributed Gen

microgrids and nanogrids

For a long time microgrids and nanogrids were heralded for their ability to provide power locally when the grid goes down. Now, more and more, they win friends because of their intelligent usefulness. New Deutsche Bank market research explains what's driving this appreciation. Microgrids and nanogrids -- as well as virtual power plants -- are … [Read more...]

Microgrid Solicitations Offering more than $50M Planned by California

microgrid solicitations

The California Energy Commission plans to issue two microgrid solicitations this summer that together make available more than $50 million for microgrid demonstrations, deployment and modeling. The largest solicitation will offer about $44.7 million for technology demonstration and deployment (S15.1). The commission wants projects that … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Can Seamlessly Combine Distributed Energy Resources

distributed energy resources

Microgrids are the keystone as we move toward use of more distributed energy resources (DERs). And they offer a variety of ways to increase your facility’s resiliency, efficiency, and sustainability. But how does it all work, and how can you use this technology to optimize your current existing operation? Microgrid technologies enable … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

non-wires alternatives

Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative … [Read more...]

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

Evs and microgrids

Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. That will change, however, as consumers buy more EVs, and those EVs prove valuable not only as transportation vehicles but as worker bees for the electric grid. EVs can serve … [Read more...]

Calif. Moves to Boost Customer-Sited Energy Storage. Remains Industry’s “Undisputed King”

customer-sited energy storage

Described in a recent report as the "undisputed king" of the energy storage industry, California continues to blaze new trails, now with legislation to boost customer-sited energy storage. The California Senate recently passed SB 700, which creates incentives for customer-sited energy storage in homes, schools, farms and businesses. Next, … [Read more...]

How Dynapower is Making Microgrids Less Complicated

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No one can accuse Dynapower of being trendy when it comes to microgrids. Well before Sandy – the 2012 superstorm that spurred today’s microgrid market – the Vermont inverter manufacturer was puzzling together technology for microgrids. “Way back in late 90s early 2000s, we were putting power electronics together on microgrids, well north … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Growth Makes Utility Execs Worry about Revenues, Reliability: Study

distributed generation growth

Distributed generation growth is throwing a wrench in utility distribution, according to a new study from Accenture, “Power Surge Ahead: How Distribution Utilities Can Get Smart with Distributed Generation.” Fifty-nine percent of utility executives surveyed by Accenture expect small-scale distributed generation to stress their network … [Read more...]