Inside Microgrids: Accidental Microgrids, Solar and Electric Vehicles

accidental microgrids

Accidental microgrids here? We find ourselves increasingly on the lookout for unintentional or accidental microgrids, since the concept was introduced on Microgrid Knowledge by David Chiesa of S&C Electric. It looks like a new partnership between National Grid and Sunrun could create accidental microgrids. Accidental microgrids are not … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama’s Final Energy Blueprint

microgrids and distributed energy

It’s unclear what’s ahead for federal policy on microgrids and distributed energy with the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. But the Obama administration pushed the resources in its final energy blueprint issued last week. “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” the second installment of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial … [Read more...]

California Approves Compromise on Competitive EV Charging

competitive EV charging

California regulators approved a competitive EV charging model on Thursday that is expected to spur a record number of charging stations. The much-awaited decision by the California Public Utilities Commission emerged from a compromise struck by environmental organizations, EV drivers, EV charging companies and Pacific Gas & Electric … [Read more...]

Recycle, Don’t Reuse, Those Valuable EV Batteries, For Now

EV batteries

Up to 65 GWH of EV batteries from retired plug-in cars are expected to enter the market by 2035—and there's a lot of money to be made from them. For now, it looks like recycling the EV batteries makes more sense than reusing them, but that may change with innovation in reuse technologies, said Chris Robinson, research associate for Lux Research … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

utility microgrids

American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Proposed Decision on EV Charging Wins Praise in California

EV Charging Station

Private EV charging providers and users are hailing a proposed decision before California regulators for its handling of competitive concerns. An administrative law judge filed the proposal November 14 before the California Public Utilities Commission (A.15-02-009) on a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install 7,500 charging … [Read more...]

Microgrid Future: Has Elon Musk Figured Out How to Make Kilowatts into Eye Candy?

microgrid future

The news from Elon Musk late last week was that Tesla/Solar City will offer solar glass roofs. But his subtext was even more interesting. Beauty – and utility partnerships – will drive a microgrid future. Musk is taking heat for not providing enough engineering or pricing details during Friday’s announcement. True.  But what Musk did do, in his … [Read more...]

EarthSpark’s Haiti Microgrid “Fared Comparatively Well” in Hurricane Matthew & Other News

Haiti microgrid

EarthSpark Team Seeks Help Restoring Haiti Microgrid A team from EarthSpark, a non-profit that has developed a microgrid in Haiti, was caught in the hard-hit area of Les Anglais where Hurricane Matthew made landfall earlier this month. The team is safe, and they are now repairing the Les Anglais microgrid which they said fared comparatively … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Plans Grid of Microgrids; Wins Smart City Money

grid of microgrids

Pittsburgh’s smart city project, one that includes a grid of microgrids, last week won an $11 million grant from the Department of Transportation for certain transportation features of the plan. The Pennsylvania city plans to create spines throughout the city that interconnect smart energy, transportation and communications. A goal is to improve … [Read more...]

Largest Energy Storage Project Yet in California Schools..and other Quick Energy Efficiency News

Green Charge Networks has inked a deal to install the largest energy storage project to date in a California school district, a 7.4 MWh system for San Diego's Grossmont Union High School District. The lithium battery systems will be placed at 14 sites in nine school district locations and used to target peak demand reduction. Green Charge … [Read more...]