District Energy, CHP and Microgrids in Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

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Robert Thornton, of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), describes advocacy work underway to educate the federal government about the importance of including district energy, CHP and microgrids in plans for national infrastructure improvement. The Trump Administration has set its sights on passing a major $1 trillion … [Read more...]

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

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Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. That will change, however, as consumers buy more EVs, and those EVs prove valuable not only as transportation vehicles but as worker bees for the electric grid. EVs can serve … [Read more...]

New Era of Climate Action: Local Forces Fill the Vacuum Left by the Feds

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The U.S. is entering a new era of climate action, says the Rocky Mountain Institute's Paul Bodnar. A coalition of local entities is gathering strength and stepping forward to fill what, until now, has been a federal effort. A new era of U.S. climate action has dawned. In the four short days since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw … [Read more...]

Calif. Moves to Boost Customer-Sited Energy Storage. Remains Industry’s “Undisputed King”

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Described in a recent report as the "undisputed king" of the energy storage industry, California continues to blaze new trails, now with legislation to boost customer-sited energy storage. The California Senate recently passed SB 700, which creates incentives for customer-sited energy storage in homes, schools, farms and businesses. Next, … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy Microgrids Can Tap into $1.5B from New York RFPs

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New York plans to make up to $1.5 billion available for green energy, opening up another funding source for renewable energy microgrids in the state. Announced late last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the pot of money will create the largest renewable energy procurement to date by the state. To show the scale of the endeavor, the Alliance for … [Read more...]

Pro-Microgrid Cities and States Not Happy with Trump’s Move on Paris Climate Agreement

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Several leading pro-microgrid cities and states are taking a dim view of President Donald Trump’s move last week to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto was one of the most vocal to condemn the move after Trump used Pittsburgh to justify the withdrawal. Trump specifically said he was acting on … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Growth Makes Utility Execs Worry about Revenues, Reliability: Study

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Distributed generation growth is throwing a wrench in utility distribution, according to a new study from Accenture, “Power Surge Ahead: How Distribution Utilities Can Get Smart with Distributed Generation.” Fifty-nine percent of utility executives surveyed by Accenture expect small-scale distributed generation to stress their network … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Tackles a Big One: Who Pays for Utility Microgrids?

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Pennsylvania is the now the center of a pivotal, national industry debate over who pays for utility microgrids, with the introduction of legislation into the General Assembly that gives utilities a path to recover costs. HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for microgrids and energy storage projects. Rep. Stephen … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Increases Efficiency, But May Not Cut Carbon: Study

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A team of economists from Wisconsin, Quebec and Norway find that energy storage increases efficiency across the entire electricity sector. But it does not necessarily lead to less fossils fuels and more renewables, as is often thought. The researchers discuss the study below. Research recently published in the European Economic Review shows that … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Wins $3M Federal Grant for Long Duration Energy Storage

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FuelCell Energy has won a $3 million federal grant to advance the commercialization of its long duration energy storage, a technology that is a good companion to renewable energy. Awarded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the funds will allow the Connecticut-based company to further developer its advanced solid oxide … [Read more...]