For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [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...]

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...]

$2.1 Million Campus Microgrid Addresses Sustainability Goals Outlined by Pope Francis and Other Quick News

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Work to Begin on $2.1 Million Campus Microgrid at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota The University of St. Thomas is committed to becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2035. It is also among the Catholic engineering schools from across the country whose deans pledged to drive activity on their campuses … [Read more...]

Green & Distributed Energy Solicitations in Ontario, Hawaii, California

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Hawaii, Ontario and California have green and distributed energy solicitations in various stages of planning or action, some directly tied to microgrid and smart grid efforts. Hawaii Hawaiian Electric Companies recently laid out a near-term path toward its 30-year goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy. Called the Power Supply … [Read more...]

Borrego Springs Microgrid Averts Long Outage During Lightning Strike Repair

San Diego Gas & Electric reported today that the Borrego Springs microgrid averted a major outage for an entire community in late May as the utility repaired damage from a lightning strike. The Borrego Springs microgrid allowed SDG&E to avoid what would have otherwise meant several hours of no power for  2,800 customers. During nine … [Read more...]

A Look Inside the Evolving UC-San Diego Microgrid: Interview

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The UC-San Diego microgrid is improving its reliability and overall productivity with the installation of energy storage and other new equipment. William Torre, program director for energy storage at UC-San Diego, Center for Energy Research, describes the updates in an interview with marcus evans. At last year’s edition of this conference, you … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News: Navigant, ABB, Samsung, Imergy, SunEdison, Burns, Clean Coalition, PSEG

In today's Quick Microgrid News, Navigant identifies the market for community resilience microgrids...ABB and Samsung strike a deal to develop microgrids...SunEdison places a big order with Imergy...The Burns Group microgrid project at Temple University wins an engineering award...The Clean Coalition wins a microgrid consultanting deal with … [Read more...]

The Electric Vehicle as a Power Plant: A California Utility Shows How it’s Done

For years we’ve heard about a future where our cars become sort of like mini-power plants. And now San Diego Gas & Electric is showing how it’s done. The California utility has begun bidding resources from a group of electric vehicles and energy storage systems into the state’s wholesale power market. The pilot program, one of the first … [Read more...]

SDG&E to Create One of Largest Renewable Energy Microgrids in the US

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San Diego Gas & Electric plans to create one of the largest renewable energy microgrids in the United States with the help of a $5 million state grant it received earlier this month. The utility will use the funds to link its Borrego Springs Microgrid to a nearby 26-MW solar photovoltaic plant developed by NRG Energy. SDG&E won the … [Read more...]