Distributed Energy Storage Reduces Demand via 8,000 Batteries

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A distributed energy storage network of 8,000 batteries located at 7,000 telecom facilities in France has reduced utility demand by 10 to 15 MW during two demand response events. And now the company that managed the program wants to bring it to the U.S. Actility, which provides IoT-based grid balancing and demand response programs, wants to … [Read more...]

Facebook and Microsoft Seed $50M Fund for Energy Access Microgrids

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Facebook and Microsoft are seeding a new $50 million investment fund to create profitable business models for energy access microgrids in areas of the world that lack electricity. Launched April 3, the Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will initially focus on projects over 5 kW in India, Indonesia and East Africa. Alexia Kelly, CEO of … [Read more...]

Why Energy Blockchain Intrigues Big Players Like Siemens

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Not so long ago energy blockchain technology had the futuristic feel of flying cars or colonies on Mars. But that has changed in recent months as credible players step in to test the transaction platform. Among them is energy giant Siemens, which formed a partnership in November with a startup, LO3 Energy, to figure out how to make energy … [Read more...]

Asian Utility Week to Highlight Growing Microgrid Market Opportunities

Asian Utility Week

The microgrid market is exploding in the Asia-Pacific region as countries including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines try to increase power reliability. This trend will be highlighted at the upcoming Asian Utility Week large-scale expo, scheduled for May 24-25 at the Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok. Asian … [Read more...]

Flat Rates & Permitting Issues Undermine Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

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Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and … [Read more...]

Behind the Rise of Microgrids: News from PJM, Navigant & Macquarie Capital

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The impetus behind the rise of microgrids Many trace today’s rise of microgrids, energy storage, and distributed energy to the opening of competitive electricity markets. So, it’s worth noting that PJM, the nation’s largest grid operator, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of operating competitive wholesale power markets. Known in … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and Microgrids Offer Colleges a Path to Cutting Carbon: Report

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It’s no secret that colleges and universities are some of the biggest microgrid users. But a new report says we should see more renewable energy and microgrids at these institutions. The report, from Environment America Research & Policy Center, “Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus,” says that the shift to 100 … [Read more...]

CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

CPS Energy's Microgrid

CPS Energy’s microgrid, its first, is small. But don’t let that fool you. The San Antonio, Texas utility is thinking big. Located at the library of a military base, the microgrid is acting as a learning vehicle for the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility, a stepping stone toward its vision of a microgrid future. “We’re … [Read more...]

Tweets, Bets, Billionaires…Tesla Says Rule Changes Would Boost Energy Storage in Australia

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RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson describes a push by Tesla to boost energy storage in Australia by removing regulatory barriers. Tesla has joined the growing chorus calling for a complete rethink of Australia’s energy market rules, saying they have been designed for old-fashioned centralized fossil fuel technologies, and do not encourage all the … [Read more...]

Gas Turbine Microgrids on Two Continents: Mirror Images of Reliability

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Gas turbine microgrids in Alaska and Australia offer mirror images of microgrid capabilities, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. One of the benefits of gas turbine microgrids is their ability to ‘island’ electrical operations from the surrounding grid. In Sitka, … [Read more...]