Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Microgrids

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John Shenot, of the Regulatory Assistance Project, explains why wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids are becoming attractive to planners focused on resilience. Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning … [Read more...]

California Seeks to Put a Monetary Value on Microgrid Reliability, Other Benefits

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How do you place a monetary value on microgrid reliability and other benefits, such as providing greenhouse gas reductions and boosting public confidence? That's just one of the many issues being explored as the California Energy Commission (CEC) continues to map out microgrid policy in a series of workshops. As part of the … [Read more...]

Creating a Smart City? Do this First

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Creating a smart city without first building a smart grid is a recipe for trouble. Power outages and an automated society are not friends. Unfortunately, this basic fact gets obscured by the shiny objects smart cities promise: electric vehicles that find their own parking spaces, intelligent streetlights that double as safety patrols, … [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...]

An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?

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With a potential $30 billion market up for grabs, key industry players are urging Massachusetts to think big and move faster as its sets an energy storage target. The bellwether state has floated the idea of setting a goal to develop 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. But some influential companies – specifically Advanced Microgrids Solutions, … [Read more...]

Instapoll on Reliable Electric Service: What Would You Pay?

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What’s a fair price to keep the lights on for your operation? Are you willing to pay a premium for reliable electric service? And if so, how much? Let us know by taking the quick instapoll below. You'll instantly see how your opinion compares with others. Your responses remain anonymous. We encourage you to participate if you make energy … [Read more...]

Microgrids as the Right Thing to do

microgrids as the right thing

In my more than 20 years writing about energy – most recently microgrids -- I’ve often been struck by the altruism that energy insiders bring to their work. Yes, the profit motive drives them. But they also feel strongly about what they do. They know the profound impact electric power has on jobs, the economy, living standards, and overall human … [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...]

How to Make Microgrid Economics Work: DistribuTECH

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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...]

What Is the Value of Microgrid Resilience?  

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ACEEE visiting fellow Anna Chittum tackles one of the most daunting industry problems: determining the economic value of microgrid resilience. Yes, it can be done. Microgrids are increasingly deployed for their resiliency and reliability benefits —  particularly those microgrids anchored by combined heat and power (CHP). But it hasn’t been … [Read more...]