How to Make Microgrid Economics Work: DistribuTECH

microgrid economics

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...]

Con Edison Proposes New Energy Storage Business Model

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Consolidated Edison wants to test out a new energy storage business model in a project planned with microgrid developer GI Energy at four customer sites. The New York utility proposed the demonstration project in a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) filing before the state Public Service Commission late last week (Case 14-M-0101). The new … [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...]

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

battery storage in wholesale markets

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...]