Thriving Times for Microgrids and Nanogrids. Thank You Batteries and Distributed Gen

microgrids and nanogrids

For a long time microgrids and nanogrids were heralded for their ability to provide power locally when the grid goes down. Now, more and more, they win friends because of their intelligent usefulness. New Deutsche Bank market research explains what's driving this appreciation. Microgrids and nanogrids -- as well as virtual power plants -- are … [Read more...]

Australian Microgrid Project Hits Snag Over Wind Farm Visuals

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes opposition to an Australian microgrid project because of the visual impact of its wind turbines. Plans to install a hybrid renewable energy plus battery storage microgrid at New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island, and slash its diesel fuel use, have hit a major political snag, after the federal … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

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Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative … [Read more...]

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

Evs and microgrids

Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. That will change, however, as consumers buy more EVs, and those EVs prove valuable not only as transportation vehicles but as worker bees for the electric grid. EVs can serve … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy Microgrids Can Tap into $1.5B from New York RFPs

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New York plans to make up to $1.5 billion available for green energy, opening up another funding source for renewable energy microgrids in the state. Announced late last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the pot of money will create the largest renewable energy procurement to date by the state. To show the scale of the endeavor, the Alliance for … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Growth Makes Utility Execs Worry about Revenues, Reliability: Study

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Distributed generation growth is throwing a wrench in utility distribution, according to a new study from Accenture, “Power Surge Ahead: How Distribution Utilities Can Get Smart with Distributed Generation.” Fifty-nine percent of utility executives surveyed by Accenture expect small-scale distributed generation to stress their network … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Increases Efficiency, But May Not Cut Carbon: Study

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A team of economists from Wisconsin, Quebec and Norway find that energy storage increases efficiency across the entire electricity sector. But it does not necessarily lead to less fossils fuels and more renewables, as is often thought. The researchers discuss the study below. Research recently published in the European Economic Review shows that … [Read more...]

EPS Installs Green Microgrid for ENEL…Can U.S. Cities Go All Green?…Stem in Austin

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Paris-based EPS installs green microgrid for Enel Electro Power Systems (EPS) has completed a plug and play green microgrid for Italian utility Enel at a construction site in Chile. Powered by solar and two forms of storage, the microgrid requires no diesel energy backup, making it emissions free, according to the Paris-based microgrid … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Wins $3M Federal Grant for Long Duration Energy Storage

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FuelCell Energy has won a $3 million federal grant to advance the commercialization of its long duration energy storage, a technology that is a good companion to renewable energy. Awarded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the funds will allow the Connecticut-based company to further developer its advanced solid oxide … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Offer “Repeatable” Way to Replace Fossil Fuel Peakers in California

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California should make funds available for community microgrids because they offer a “repeatable market opportunity” to replace fossil fuel peakers, says a non-profit developer. The Clean Coalition made the case for community microgrids as part of state effort to create a roadmap to commercialize microgrids. “Using community microgrids to replace … [Read more...]