Distributed Generation Monitoring & Control Helps Utilities Transition to the Prosumer Economy

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US, explains how distributed generation monitoring and control helps utilities transition to a prosumer economy.  The U.S. energy industry is in the middle of a significant transition. The status quo is shifting towards a more decentralized and dynamic … [Read more...]

Why Arizona Public Service Sees Microgrid Investments as Risk Worthy

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Utilities are notoriously risk adverse. So why did Arizona Public Service (APS) take a chance on microgrid investments, not once but twice? By take a chance, we mean the utility chose to install two microgrids without getting pre-approval for cost recovery from state regulators. So if the Arizona Public Service Commission now disapproves the … [Read more...]

How to Make Microgrid Economics Work: DistribuTECH

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Microgrids often are viewed as premium projects, nice to have but who can afford them? Turns out making microgrid economics work is increasingly possible. It’s a matter of ‘stacking value.’ That was one of the key messages from a panel on microgrids that drew a standing-room only crowd Tuesday at DistribuTECH, a major electric industry trade … [Read more...]

Three Microgrid Business Models Emerge from Evolving Market

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Not one, but three microgrid business models are emerging as more players enter the market and use microgrids to help realize the grid of the future. That’s the underlying message of a report issued today by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). “A diverse set of utility and other business … [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...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama’s Final Energy Blueprint

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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...]

Blockchain Energy Trading: What the Future Holds

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Stuart Ravens of Navigant Research describes the future of blockchain energy trading in an interview with Kat Friedrich of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. In Australia, Europe, and North America, energy companies are beginning to consider using blockchain technology for distributed-generation payments between … [Read more...]

PECO Looks for Way Forward on Community Microgrids

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PECO Energy has put its plan on hold to build community microgrids in Pennsylvania while it gathers together stakeholders into a collaborative to work out differences. The Exelon utility subsidiary hopes to build community microgrids for a high-density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. However, the plan ran into opposition before the … [Read more...]

Why the Utility-Microgrid Relationship May Grow Stronger: Hitachi

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The utility-microgrid relationship looked rocky early on. Like rooftop solar, here was another competitor threatening to rob away customers from utilities already nervous about flattened electricity demand in the U.S. But something’s changing, according to Steve Pullins, vice president of energy solutions at Hitachi Americas. More and … [Read more...]

NY Company to Bring Brooklyn Microgrid Peer-to-Peer Trading to Australia

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Sophie Vorrath, of One Step Off the Grid, describes plans by LO3 Energy to bring Brooklyn Microgrid blockchain technology to Australia. One of the architects of the peer-to-peer energy trading platform behind the world-leading Brooklyn Microgrid in the US has set up an office in New South Wales, with plans to trial its “TransActive Grid” … [Read more...]