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

Mount Sterling microgrid

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

microgrid investments

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...]

Con Edison Proposes New Energy Storage Business Model

energy storage and demand response

Consolidated Edison wants to test out a new energy storage business model in a project planned with microgrid developer GI Energy at four customer sites. The New York utility proposed the demonstration project in a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) filing before the state Public Service Commission late last week (Case 14-M-0101). The new … [Read more...]

Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts

energy storage in Massachusetts

New England’s largest utility last week petitioned regulators to pre-approve $100 million for energy storage in Massachusetts and $45 million for electric vehicle infrastructure. Eversource sought the approvals as part of a $400 million grid modernization plan, included within a rate hike petition that the utility filed with the Massachusetts … [Read more...]

Navigant Counts 126 New Microgrid Projects & Other News from Ameresco, Demand Energy and UET

new microgrid projects

Navigant identifies 126 new microgrid projects; US still on top Navigant has identified 126 new microgrid projects in its recently released 4Q16 microgrid deployment tracker. In all, Navigant counted 1,681 microgrid projects worldwide, representing 16,552.8 MW. While still nascent, the microgrid industry is slated for steep growth, according … [Read more...]

Improving the Scenery: Why Duke’s Solar Microgrid is a Very Unusual Energy Project

solar microgrid

While many energy projects run into opposition for marring pristine vistas, Duke Energy last week proposed a solar microgrid that does the opposite. It improves the view. After installing the Mount Sterling solar microgrid, Duke will be able to take down miles of wire and poles running through a remote mountain region in North Carolina's … [Read more...]

New York Offers $8.1M to Reduce Energy Storage Soft Costs

energy storage soft costs

New York is offering $8.1 million for strategies to reduce energy storage soft costs, which can account for more than 25 percent of the price. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) this week seeking contractors to provide technical assistance. The authority sees energy … [Read more...]

$12.4M Multi-Utility Microgrid Project Announced by U.S./Canadian Team

multi-utility microgrid

A North American consortium plans to build a $12.4 million multi-utility microgrid project, designed to show how microgrids save money and help integrate renewables with advanced software. Utilities Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro will team up on the project with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), Smarter … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

US microgrid market

The US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, says a report released today by GTM Research. GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity will reach 4.3 GW by 2020, up from the research firm’s estimate last quarter of 3.71 GW. The US currently has about 160 microgrids with 1,649 MW of … [Read more...]

New York Utility Seeks Bids for Non-Wires Alternatives to Avert Building $11.8M Substation

non-wires alternatives

Rochester Gas and Electric has issued a solicitation for non-wires alternatives to avert construction of an $11.8 million substation. The New York utility seeks distributed energy resources to reduce the peak load on transformer banks at its Station 43 substation. To maintain reliability, the utility needs the resources from 2019-2025. The … [Read more...]