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...]

Australia’s Largest Renewable Microgrid to Seek Private Partners

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Australia’s Western Power plans to seek expressions of interest in December to build what may be Australia’s largest renewable microgrid. The utility intends to install a $10 million microgrid to bolster a failure-prone line between Western Australia's seaside resort community Kalbarri and Geraldton. Wind-born marine salts pummel the remote … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technical Challenges to Consider When Planning a Microgrid Project

Many microgrid technical challenges are the standard issues that come up in any complex electric power system project, while others are unique. As you plan your microgrid project, be sure to consider technical challenges such as: Voltage and frequency stability. Correct microgrid design requires resources and the microgrid control … [Read more...]

Which Microgrid Controller Works Best Where?

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Which type of microgrid controller can take advantage of the largest amount of renewable energy? Which type of microgrid controller can wring the most money per MWh out of the microgrid? Which best ensures resiliency? Microgrid controllers can be optimized to focus on these and many other goals, but often can't be optimized to meet all these … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

Duke Microgrid Testbed

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...]

Blockchain Energy Trading: What the Future Holds

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Stuart Ravens of Navigant Research describes the future of blockchain energy trading in an interview with Kat Friedrich of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. In Australia, Europe, and North America, energy companies are beginning to consider using blockchain technology for distributed-generation payments between … [Read more...]

Legislative Deal Retains Three Commonwealth Edison Microgrids

Commonwealth Edison microgrid

A compromise struck this week retains only three of five Commonwealth Edison microgrids proposed in an energy bill under consideration in Illinois. Word of the change came Tuesday from the Exelon subsidiary as the utility works under pressure to reach agreement on the Energy Future Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814). The original bill allowed the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Briefing and Summit Dec. 6-7 in Washington, DC & Other Quick News

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Microgrid briefing and summit coming up in Washington The International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) are planning two events in Washington, DC to heighten understanding of microgrids and position the industry for new opportunity. The organizations will hold a Senate Briefing on Capitol Hill on … [Read more...]

SolarCity Completes Remote Microgrid 4,000 Miles off US West Coast

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A remote microgrid can play a crucial role on a far-flung island, as SolarCity shows today in unveiling a completed project 4,000 miles off the U.S. West Coast. The company installed a solar microgrid on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa. The microgrid’s “benefits are life changing for residents,” says Peter Rive, cofounder and chief … [Read more...]

Siemens Partners with Startup on Blockchain Microgrid

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The blockchain microgrid concept received a big boost today with infrastructure giant Siemens throwing its weight behind the New York startup developing the peer-to-peer trading system. Siemens says it will collaborate with LO3 Energy, beginning in Brooklyn and eventually elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. A blockchain microgrid … [Read more...]