How Will New York Value Distributed Energy Resources Now?

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New York regulators issued an order Thursday that begins the process of phasing out net metering to instead value distributed energy resources based on a range of benefits they bring to the electric grid. Part of New York’s larger Reforming the Energy Vision policy, the order is expected to help the state reach its goal of generating half of its … [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...]

Legislative Deal Retains Three Commonwealth Edison Microgrids

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A compromise struck this week retains only three of five Commonwealth Edison microgrids proposed in an energy bill under consideration in Illinois. Word of the change came Tuesday from the Exelon subsidiary as the utility works under pressure to reach agreement on the Energy Future Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814). The original bill allowed the … [Read more...]

Why the Utility-Microgrid Relationship May Grow Stronger: Hitachi

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The utility-microgrid relationship looked rocky early on. Like rooftop solar, here was another competitor threatening to rob away customers from utilities already nervous about flattened electricity demand in the U.S. But something’s changing, according to Steve Pullins, vice president of energy solutions at Hitachi Americas. More and … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

New York Unveils New Way to Price Distributed Energy Resources

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New York energy advisors unveiled a new, more granular way to price distributed energy resources and transition away from net metering, in a proposal released yesterday. The report, issued by the Department of Public Services staff, said that current pricing methods fail to take into account the full value of distributed energy. State … [Read more...]

NYC Sets Energy Storage Target..Biggest Battery Network Yet for Water…DOE Focuses on Community Energy

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NYC sets energy storage target New York City has become the first major U.S. city to set an energy storage target -- 100 MWh by 2020 – as a companion to the growing use of solar in the city. Solar capacity has nearly tripled in the city, from 25 MW to 96 MW, since 2014 when Bill de Blasio took office as mayor. The city says its buildings … [Read more...]

Spiritual Center to Offer Physical Shelter with Community Microgrid

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The Village of Wappingers Falls is in an area of New York known for its spiritual retreat centers. Now two of those centers may expand their spiritual shelter to physical shelter by way of a community microgrid. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the densely populated village is vulnerable to flooding in storms. During Hurricane Irene, … [Read more...]

Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better

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It’s a surprise to many when they learn that their grid-connected solar panels can _not_ keep the lights on during a power outage. This was a lesson the Northeast US learned the hard way during Sandy, the 2012 superstorm that knocked out power to 8 million people. Two weeks or more without electricity, solar panel owners were venting to the … [Read more...]

New York Encourages Pairing of Community Microgrids and Community Solar

New York officials are encouraging cities and towns that are planning community microgrids to couple them with community solar or 'shared renewables.' The NY Prize, a competition offering $40 million in state community microgrid funds, Wednesday issued a notice urging prize competitors to also consider the state’s community solar … [Read more...]