Specialized Microgrids Will Keep Utilities Competitive

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Kilowatt Labs' Omar Ghani explores the potential of specialized microgrids to drive competition and provide utilities with a sustainable commercial model for the future.  Utilities keep the lights on, delivering electricity to us reliably, safely and economically. Having built a robust technical and … [Read more...]

Military Microgrid Begins Operating in Arizona; Also Benefits Civilians

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A 25-MW military microgrid began operating this week at an air station in Yuma, Arizona, offering an example of how a single microgrid can benefit both military operations and civilians. Arizona Public Service (APS), the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday announced the completion of the microgrid at Marine Corps Air … [Read more...]

California Approves Compromise on Competitive EV Charging

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California regulators approved a competitive EV charging model on Thursday that is expected to spur a record number of charging stations. The much-awaited decision by the California Public Utilities Commission emerged from a compromise struck by environmental organizations, EV drivers, EV charging companies and Pacific Gas & Electric … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Costs Declining. But No One-Size Fits All

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Energy storage costs continue to decline, but with wide variations, depending on the battery technology and where and how it's used, according to new research by Lazard. Lazard also found solar generation costs declining at an even steeper rate. Solar and storage often are coupled in microgrids and nanogrids. “Our studies continue to … [Read more...]

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story

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Microgrids aren’t cheap. At least not yet. But it's possible to design a microgrid that beats utility rates, even at this early stage of the industry. That’s what Bridgeport, Connecticut found out as it cleaved a new path over two years developing a complex community microgrid. A new whitepaper describes the trek. Spoiler alert. Some of the … [Read more...]

Sungrow Connects China’s Largest Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Project…Plus News from CALMAC & EHT

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China's largest solar plus storage microgrid project up and running in Tibet  China’s largest solar plus storage microgrid project is now connected to the grid in a high-elevation area of Shuanghu. Located in China’s Tibet province, the microgrid -- powered by Sungrow -- includes 13 MW of PV inverters, 7 MW of energy storage inverters, and 23.5 … [Read more...]

IPERC to Install Cybersecure Microgrid at Fort Belvoir

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The Department of Defense has selected IPERC (Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) to design and install a multi-megawatt cybersecure microgrid at Fort Belvoir, VA. IPERC won the competitive selection as part of the military's FY16 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) program. The program … [Read more...]

Navigant Counts 126 New Microgrid Projects & Other News from Ameresco, Demand Energy and UET

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Navigant identifies 126 new microgrid projects; US still on top Navigant has identified 126 new microgrid projects in its recently released 4Q16 microgrid deployment tracker. In all, Navigant counted 1,681 microgrid projects worldwide, representing 16,552.8 MW. While still nascent, the microgrid industry is slated for steep growth, according … [Read more...]

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy

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A new climate strategy report by the city of Boston calls for microgrid development in several neighborhoods to avert power outages and promote low-carbon energy. A product of the city's year-long climate study, the report gauges the impact of climate change and proposes ways to increase resiliency. “The city should pursue community energy … [Read more...]

Long Duration Storage Covers Range of Use Cases, Revenue Streams

A recent white paper from ESS focuses on the growing need to combine energy and power applications into a single flexible and valuable long-duration storage asset. What makes long duration storage, such as microgrid energy storage, so attractive is its availability to capture a wider range of use cases and potential revenue streams. The … [Read more...]