Duke Sees Growth in Green Microgrids. Plus News from Congress, Stem & Axiom

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Green microgrids part of Duke's new sustainability plan Duke Energy highlights green microgrids as a possible "new growth initiative" in its recent corporate sustainability report. Microgrids aren't new, but "Duke Energy’s efforts to power them with renewable energy have caught the attention of the industry," says the report. For … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Microgrid Goes Live and We Ask, “Has the Industry Crossed the Chasm?”

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Two carefully-watched microgrids took big steps forward April 6. The Schneider Electric microgrid was unveiled in Massachusetts, and Duke Energy won regulatory approval for its unusual Mount Sterling project in North Carolina. The success of these projects brings good news to the young microgrid industry. But it is still not clear whether … [Read more...]

Long-Term Energy Storage: What are the Options When Lithium-ion Falls Short?

Lithium-ion batteries are best positioned to meet the demand for energy storage over the next five to 10 years, but in the long run, other battery storage technologies will be needed for long-term energy storage and larger- scale applications. That's the word from Lux Research, which recently outlined up-and-coming battery storage technologies … [Read more...]

More Good News for Duke on Renewable Microgrid in Great Smoky Mountains

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Duke Energy has received more good news on its plan to build a renewable microgrid on Mount Sterling, this time with the staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) recommending approval. In addition, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, often a tough critic of the utility, has given the project its blessing and … [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...]

Maryland County Contracts for Two Advanced Microgrids for Public Safety

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Montgomery County, Maryland plans to build advanced microgrids at two public safety facilities in a deal announced this week during the DistribuTECH conference in San Diego. The advanced microgrids will be installed at the county's Public Safety Headquarters and Correctional Facility under a contract with Duke Energy and Schneider … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

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Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

REV is in the Air. And the Microgrid Industry is Feeling the Love, Mostly.

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This month marks three years since New York began an industry-staggering move to decentralize the electric grid. For the microgrid industry, the policy -- known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) -- unlocked a host of new business possibilities. The scope of those opportunities – and the forces that still hinder them – became apparent this … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

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American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

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Duke Energy applied for regulatory approval this week to interconnect its Mount Holly microgrid testbed for energy export. The utility requested permission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (No. E-7, SUB 1124). The testbed is used by the 25-member Coalition of the Willing … [Read more...]