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 a Hybrid Microgrid in Tasmania to Neighborhood Batteries in Denver…Quick News

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Tasmanian island models hybrid microgrid for Australia A model hybrid microgrid in Tasmania is scheduled to begin operating this quarter, according to Electro Power Systems, which developed the project with Toshiba for Hydro Tasmania. The 3-MW, solar plus storage microgrid is part of the 'Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub,' designed to wean … [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...]

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...]

How Daimler Used an Industrial Microgrid to Put a Robot on a Diet

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It’s hard to put industrial robots on a diet. They don’t use a lot of energy anyway, even with heavy lifting. But Daimler has managed to do it – with an industrial microgrid. Robots can consume the lion’s share of energy used for auto body construction, and Daimler wanted to reduce their energy costs. The German manufacturer of autos, trucks, … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids May Fit into the Trump Agenda

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Navigant's Peter Asmus explains why military microgrids may align with the Trump agenda. President Donald Trump’s preference for traditional energy fuels such as oil and natural gas—as well as large centralized coal plants—is clear. Yet, recent trends point to rapid growth in small, distributed energy resources (DER). These DER technologies … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Cannabis Industry: Solving the Energy Hog Problem

Microgrids for the Cannabis Industry

Microgrids for the cannabis industry could solve the industry's energy hog problem -- and help utilities grappling with increases in demand in states where cannabis is legal. That's the word from Timothy Hade, co-founder and CEO of Scale Energy, a new company that looked at numerous industries before opting to focus on the cannabis industry … [Read more...]

Off-Grid Microgrid in Maldives Performs 50% Better than Expected

An off-grid microgrid in the Maldives is performing 50 percent better than developer Electro Power Systems (EPS) expected when it commissioned the project at a resort in October 2016. The 4.1 MW microgrid is the second installed by the French technology company in the Indian Ocean islands. Using solar plus storage, the off-grid microgrid cut … [Read more...]

What, No Opposition? The Latest on Duke’s Unusual Mount Sterling Microgrid

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You won’t see this often. North Carolina regulators have canceled a hearing on an energy project – Duke Energy’s Mount Sterling microgrid – because no one had anything bad to say about it. Energy projects are notoriously galvanizing. Even small rooftop solar projects sometimes get kicked to the curb by someone who doesn’t like the looks of them. … [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...]