What the Changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentives Mean to Energy Storage

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Energy storage gets a big nod under recent changes to California's self-generation incentives, which also place new emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the revisions to the self-generation incentive program (SGIP) on June 23. Under the changes, 75 percent of the funding goes to … [Read more...]

Nanogrid Building in San Francisco Grapples with Utility Incentives

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Developers of one-of-a-kind nanogrid building in San Francisco are grappling with challenges stemming from the incentives they're receiving from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The project, Sol-Lux Alpha, is a four-unit condo building  with a 42-kW photovoltaic array and 105 kWh … [Read more...]

Deloitte: On-site Energy on the Rise with Millennials Leading the Clean Energy Charge & Other Quick Microgrid News

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Millennials are increasingly driving electric utilities and businesses to use more clean energy, according to a study from Deloitte. “Resources 2016 Study - Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds," highlights the increasing influence of millennials aged 21-34, the largest and most dominant consumer group, as a dynamic force behind the shift … [Read more...]

The Growing Role of Energy Storage in Microgrids

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Adam Wilson, of Navigant Research, describes why energy storage in microgrids is likely to become the norm. Hint: Solar microgrids are on the rise. Energy storage systems (ESSs) have an important and diverse role in microgrids. Solar PV and other renewable distributed generation (DG) technologies require a voltage source in order to synchronize. … [Read more...]

Five Policies Blocking Microgrids (From a Veteran of Local Energy Wars)

The smart phone has changed the consumer psyche about energy.  If we can control so much in the palm of the hands -- at so little cost -- why not energy too? Such thinking underlies the growing appeal of microgrids, nanogrids, rooftop solar, solar gardens, energy aggregations, thinking thermostats and other technologies that can reduce the … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrid for Community College and a Residential Virtual Power Plant

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Students at Santa Fe Community College will soon study energy on their own campus microgrid. As reported by the Microgrid Systems Laboratory, the college is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Microgrid Systems Laboratory (MSL) to develop a campus microgrid comparable to university microgrid … [Read more...]

Events that Shaped the Microgrid Industry in 2015

Here’s a look at events that shaped the microgrid industry in 2015 and the new players, policies and ideas driving the industry forward. Consider it the year that microgrids achieved stature. Well-known companies like ABB, Eaton, Exelon, GE, Hitachi, Panasonic, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SolarCity, Tesla and others either … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids, Corruption, Celebrities and Other Quick Microgrid News

When it comes to electricity markets, small and remote is getting big. In fact, the worldwide value of remote microgrids and nanogrids is expected to grow from $10.9 billion in 2015 to $196.5 billion in 2024, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Navigant looked at the cumulative global value of assets and services related to … [Read more...]

Connecticut Microgrid Grants, Wave Energy Microgrids & More Quick Microgrid News

Fairfield this week became the first town to begin operating a microgrid through Connecticut’s pioneering microgrid grants program. The unveiling comes as the state prepares to launch its third round of community microgrid grants. The next round is expected to differ from the earlier offerings in that applicants will be able to apply when … [Read more...]

Nanogrids versus Microgrids: Energy Storage a Winner in Both Cases

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Nanogrids versus microgrids: Which one is likely to grow the largest market? Navigant's Peter Asmus offers insight based on his recent research into world markets. The business case for nanogrids echoes many of the same arguments used on behalf of microgrids. These smaller, modular, and flexible distribution networks are the antithesis of the … [Read more...]