Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

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Comments have poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in recent weeks on proposed rules that industry players say would boost energy storage in wholesale markets and open new opportunity for microgrids. Issued in November, the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) attempts to smooth the way for energy storage to transact … [Read more...]

From Electricity to Stout with a Gas Turbine Microgrid

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The following is an excerpt from our recent guide, "Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence." Environmental futurist Amory Lovins famously said that people don’t want kilowatts of electricity; they want the byproducts: a cold beer and a hot shower. St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, offers an … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Plans to Identify Microgrid Opportunities Statewide

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Massachusetts intends to identify microgrid opportunities statewide, mirroring work done on a more concentrated level by the City of Boston, according to state clean energy officials. Stephen Pike, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and Galen Nelson, a senior director at the center, described the state’s microgrid strategy … [Read more...]

An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?

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With a potential $30 billion market up for grabs, key industry players are urging Massachusetts to think big and move faster as its sets an energy storage target. The bellwether state has floated the idea of setting a goal to develop 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. But some influential companies – specifically Advanced Microgrids Solutions, … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: What a New Clean Energy Report Reveals

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The latest edition of the “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook” isn’t about microgrids per se, but it says a lot about the technologies commonly used inside microgrids. Many of the technologies are thriving and prices are falling, particularly for energy storage and solar. Fuel cells are on an uptick too, according to the report released this … [Read more...]

Microgrids as the Right Thing to do

microgrids as the right thing

In my more than 20 years writing about energy – most recently microgrids -- I’ve often been struck by the altruism that energy insiders bring to their work. Yes, the profit motive drives them. But they also feel strongly about what they do. They know the profound impact electric power has on jobs, the economy, living standards, and overall human … [Read more...]

Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts

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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...]

Military Microgrids Steeply Cut Energy Costs Says New Study

Military microgrids open the door to steep electricity cost cuts at U.S. bases, and even create free energy in some cases, says a new Pew Charitable Trusts report. “Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases” describes research into the financial benefits of installing more microgrids at bases nationwide. The Department of … [Read more...]

A Steady Ride Up for the Microgrid Market in 2017?

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For infrastructure companies in the microgrid market, 2016 at times was like a roller coaster ride. Prospects rose with announcements like AEP’s to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of the Columbus, Ohio smart city. Lows came with regulatory and legislative defeat of utility microgrids in Illinois and Maryland and a … [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...]