Another Big US Storm, Another Argument for Microgrids

Big storms offer a good argument for microgrids. And last week's blizzard in the eastern United States was no exception, based on government data released today. The Energy Information Administration reports that more than one million electricity customers lost power when the record-setting blizzard swept across 14 states. Customers with … [Read more...]

Microgrid Financing Times Three, Plus a Lot of Energy Storage News

This was a big week in microgrid financing with three company announcements. First, UGE International secured a $1.83 million (12 million RMB) loan from the Bank of China. UGE will use the money in part to fulfill payment of the cash portion of the UGE's proposed acquisition of large-scale solar energy system provider Endura Energy … [Read more...]

California Sets World's Strongest Energy Efficiency Standards for Small Directional Light Bulbs

NRDC's Noah Horowitz explains new light bulb energy efficiency standards in California that are expected to cut the state's annual electricity bill by more than $400 million. The California Energy Commission (CEC) made history again today when it set minimum energy efficiency standards for small diameter directional light bulbs used for accent, … [Read more...]

The True Value of Energy Storage: Cheapest Not Always Best

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The true value of energy storage is misunderstood due to a narrow focus on the cost of investing in it, says a new report from the World Energy Council. The report, "E-storage – shifting from cost to value," which addresses wind and solar applications, says that current methods of evaluating energy storage are misleading and hinder the progress … [Read more...]

Powerhive’s Rural Microgrid Mission Gets $20M Infusion from Eight Investors

Powerhive continued to show itself as a company to watch in the rural microgrid market with a $20 million infusion this week from eight investors, including manufacturing giant Caterpillar. Based in California, Powerhive was an early mover in developing rural microgrids in Kenya, where it has operated since 2012. The $20 million marks the … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Hands Demand Response a Big Legal Win in Market Battle with Generators

The U.S. Supreme Court handed demand response a big legal win today in a landmark battle over making energy savings as valuable in wholesale markets as energy production. The high court decision removed a lower court ruling that had threatened to stymie use of demand response, a mechanism where energy users are paid to reduce consumption when the … [Read more...]

Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth … [Read more...]

ComEd Microgrid Wins Grid Modernization Funding; DOE Boosts Solar, Energy Storage

Another microgrid –  Commonwealth Edison’s Bronzeville project – got a financial boost this week in the rollout of grid modernization funding underway by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE allotted $4 million to the innovative ComEd microgrid, which was among six solar and energy storage projects to receive a total of $18 million. The … [Read more...]

Around the World in Energy Storage: Quick Microgrid News

For an agricultural business in Hawaii, it's aloha reliable power. At Mari's Garden, aquaponics on site combine growing plants hydroponically with growing fish through aquaculture. Read: consistently high energy consumption coupled with expensive electricity. They sought a renewable energy generation solution that could connect with energy storage … [Read more...]

Infocast’s Microgrid Markets Summit East Announces Addition of U.S. DOE/MIT Microgrid Controller Demonstration and New Speakers

Infocast, a world leading business intelligence and networking events producer in renewable energy finance, investment, and development is excited to announce a new additions to the upcoming Microgrid Markets Summit East, scheduled for March 16-18, 2016 in Arlington, VA. Utility engineers face significant challenges in evaluating the potential … [Read more...]