Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

microgrids utilities

In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]

What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

When a very big international company buys a very small company in an emerging area like energy storage and microgrids, you’ve got to ask, ‘What’s up?’ This week Italian energy giant Enel swooped in to take 100 percent ownership of Demand Energy, an entrepreneurial U.S. energy storage company based in Washington state. Pay attention U.S. … [Read more...]

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...]

Ormat to Expand into Energy Storage and Demand Response by Acquiring Viridity

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Geothermal leader Ormat Technologies plans to diversify into energy storage and demand response with the $35 million acquisition of software and microgrid technology company Viridity Energy. The Nevada-based Ormat announced the deal today and hopes to close this year. Citing strong growth in energy storage, Ormat said the acquisition will … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

modular microgrids

Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

Medical Manufacturer Installs First Advanced Solar Plus Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

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A Costa Rican medical manufacturer plans to install what’s being described as the first advanced solar plus storage microgrid in Central America. Establishment Labs will use the microgrid for critical back-up power, peak demand reduction and smoothing of solar variability. The microgrid also is designed to make the manufacturing plant more … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Testing Facility in Colorado to Offer Flexible Plug-And-Play

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A new private microgrid testing facility in Colorado will offer a pay, plug and play alternative to government labs that it hopes will attract innovators worldwide. Managed by MRIGlobal, GridNXT is slated to open in the first quarter of 2017 on 1,900 acres near Denver. The microgrid facility evolved out of what began as SolarTAC, which … [Read more...]

Which Microgrid Controller Works Best Where?

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Which type of microgrid controller can take advantage of the largest amount of renewable energy? Which type of microgrid controller can wring the most money per MWh out of the microgrid? Which best ensures resiliency? Microgrid controllers can be optimized to focus on these and many other goals, but often can't be optimized to meet all these … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

Duke Microgrid Testbed

Duke Energy applied for regulatory approval this week to interconnect its Mount Holly microgrid testbed for energy export. The utility requested permission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (No. E-7, SUB 1124). The testbed is used by the 25-member Coalition of the Willing … [Read more...]

Siemens Partners with Startup on Blockchain Microgrid

blockchain microgrid

The blockchain microgrid concept received a big boost today with infrastructure giant Siemens throwing its weight behind the New York startup developing the peer-to-peer trading system. Siemens says it will collaborate with LO3 Energy, beginning in Brooklyn and eventually elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. A blockchain microgrid … [Read more...]