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...]

ERock to Provide Microgrid Reliability Service for Texas Store Chain

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Enchanted Rock (ERock) and affiliate Texas Microgrid will provide microgrid reliability service for a major Texas convenience store chain under a deal unveiled today. The long-term contract calls for Buc-ee’s to use the microgrid reliability service at ten stores and travel centers. ERock uses an unusual microgrid business model called On … [Read more...]

PG&E Issues Findings on Battery Storage in Wholesale Markets

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) says it sees “great potential” for energy storage after demonstrating use of battery storage in wholesale markets. The utility recently announced the results of the project, began in 2014. PG&E set out to show how batteries can provide energy and ancillary services in markets run by the California … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Market Has Arrived and Here’s What’s Next: S&C Electric

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When Microgrid Knowledge interviewed Mike Edmonds, the president of US Business at S&C Electric, a year ago at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C., he described the microgrid market as still emerging. This year at the same conference, Edmonds had a different take. With S&C’s contracts up 100 percent, Edmonds said, “There is clearly … [Read more...]

FERC: How to Compensate Multi-Use Energy Storage?

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Federal regulators next month will begin looking at how to compensate multi-use energy storage, a move that could lead to new inroads for microgrids and batteries in wholesale markets. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has scheduled a technical conference  on the topic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, Nov. 9 (Docket No. AD16-25-000). In … [Read more...]

$12.4M Multi-Utility Microgrid Project Announced by U.S./Canadian Team

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A North American consortium plans to build a $12.4 million multi-utility microgrid project, designed to show how microgrids save money and help integrate renewables with advanced software. Utilities Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro will team up on the project with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), Smarter … [Read more...]

Living Lab for Advanced Microgrids in Sonoma…Elon Musk: “Not Some Silly, Hippy Thing”…National EV Charging Coming

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California farm creates living lab for advanced microgrids Positioning itself as a living laboratory for advanced microgrids, California’s Stone Edge Farm says it's ready to explore all six of the markets that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) plans to open to distributed energy. That’s the word from Craig Wooster, manager of … [Read more...]

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

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General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market. “The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs … [Read more...]

Watershed Energy Storage Events Create Microgrid Markets

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We're seeing watershed events in the energy storage industry, and they're creating new microgrid markets. That's the word from Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association. Here's just one example of the many watershed events that are creating opportunities for microgrids: PJM recently created a performance capacity … [Read more...]

From Naval Ships to Space Ships to Reliability Microgrids: The ERock Story

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Sea, sky – and some sophisticated energy trading expertise – lies behind the reliability microgrids conceived by Enchanted Rock (ERock). The Texas-based company made a splash last week with news that it has secured financing to install 50 MW of reliability microgrids for grocery stores and other commercial and industrial customers in … [Read more...]