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Alaska looks to microgrids as it transitions away from an oil economy

Traditionally dependent on an oil economy, Alaska is looking to renewables and microgrids to generate wealth, cut energy costs, boost resilience and transition away from fossil fuels. The Port of Alaska, Homer Electric and others are developing new microgrids or upgrading existing fossil-fueled microgrids with renewables and storage. “As a … [Read more...]

Diesel off, but lights still on in remote Alaska thanks to a new microgrid

A microgrid with energy storage takes on a whole new meaning when you are truly 'off the grid' in a place where temperatures can drop to 40 below zero. Such is the case in Shungnak, Alaska, a 9.6 square mile community of about 300 people that live in the Northwest Arctic Borough above the Arctic Circle. Details about the community’s new … [Read more...]

Alaska Governor Seeks Green Bank for Microgrids, Clean Energy

Lawmakers in Alaska are working on legislation introduced by the governor that could create a green bank to provide funding for microgrids and other clean energy projects. On April 9, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced the Alaska Energy Independence Act (SB 123, HB 170) to spur sustainable energy development by issuing loans for qualified … [Read more...]

Snowstorms, Remote Locale, and Practical Jokes Can’t Stop Alaskan Microgrid

A sudden snowstorm in a far Northwest arctic locale, sleeping in a laundromat (for no better place) and practical jokes were only some of the challenges facing Grass Valley, Calif.-based BoxPower in deploying a new solar/storage microgrid in the indigenous village of Deering in remote Northwest Alaska. The installation is the second microgrid … [Read more...]

Alaska, Model of Microgrid Development, Delivers Resiliency in Cold, Remote Conditions

Alaska’s challenges — cold weather and the high cost of delivered energy — are part of the reason the state is a model of innovative microgrid development, with the largest number of microgrids in the US, at 122. “This innovation flows from both the challenges associated with providing reliable electricity without the benefit of traditional … [Read more...]

New Solar Incentive in Massachusetts…Tecogen to Install School Microgrid…Launch Alaska Deadline Near

Another microgrid-friendly move in Massachusetts Massachusetts looks even more microgrid-friendly with approval yesterday of a new solar tariff expected to save ratepayers $4.7 billion over current programs and make rooftop solar cash flow positive more quickly. Under the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), a project under 5 MW … [Read more...]

Microgrid Companies Win Technology Support from Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Microgrid companies continue to find fertile turf in Alaska, this time with the help of a competition offered by the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization. Led by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), the three-year-old competition provides technical and business assistance to improve microgrid technologies and give … [Read more...]

Launch Alaska Funds Microgrid-Related Technology…Plus News from Australia and Maryland

Microgrid-related technology wins Launch Alaska funds Launch Alaska has selected four companies, some with microgrid-related technology, to participate in its 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage, Alaska. The participants will complete a four-month intensive program and receive mentorship, business training, business services, and … [Read more...]

Wind-powered Community Microgrids Heat “Boxes of Bricks” in Alaska Homes

Wind-powered community microgrids are providing both electricity and heat to four small rural communities in Alaska, cutting residents’ fuel bills and reducing dependence on diesel fuel. What makes the project viable is its focus on community needs beyond just electricity, said Dennis Meiners, principal of Anchorage-based Intelligent Energy … [Read more...]

Could Alaska’s Microgrids Seed the Globe?

The chase is on among states to become the economic and technology hub of the growing microgrid industry. California and the Northeast states are neck-and-neck. But watch for a spoiler – Alaska. One could even argue that the Alaska microgrid industry already won. The northern most state boasts 12 percent of the world’s microgrids, making it the … [Read more...]