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Eversource Takes Local Energy Concept to New Level with New Hampshire Microgrid Plan

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Eversource plans to develop an energy storage microgrid in New Hampshire that takes the local energy concept to a new level by pairing the microgrid with a bring-your-own-device program. The project also offers an example of a path for utilities to develop microgrids when state rules allow utility ownership of energy storage. Charlotte … [Read more...]

Big Win for Local Energy: First Virtual Power Plant Snags Contract in US Wholesale Capacity Auction

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Sunrun last week became the first company to win a contract to supply capacity to a wholesale power market from a virtual power plant -- solar energy and storage aggregated from homes. The San Francisco, Calif. company, which sells solar power, battery storage and energy services to residential customers, competed head on with other … [Read more...]

What the Rise of Local Energy Means for Businesses, Institutions and Communities

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores the rise of local energy and what it means for businesses, institutions and communities. This excerpt introduces the benefits of microgrids and distributed energy. Distributed energy resources (DERs) represent a departure from the conventional electric grid because of their … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Central Pillar of the Local Energy Revolution

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Community microgrids are popping up in cities and towns all over the U.S. as the local energy revolution takes hold. Recent storms and power outages are helping drive this trend, as well. A guide from Microgrid Knowledge, explores the role of the community microgrid and its growing popularity as many city leaders look for more clean, … [Read more...]

New York Offers Funds for Local Energy and Microgrids in Low-Income Areas

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New York is making $325,000 available to provide technical assistance for communities developing local energy and microgrids for social justice or low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority today announced the program. Proposals are due from community-based organizations by August 31, … [Read more...]

Southern California Edison Seeks Local Energy Resources to Bolster the Transmission Grid

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Southern California Edison has issued a solicitation that seeks local energy resources to bolster grid resiliency -- a departure from a typical utility approach to improve a transmission system. The solicitation speaks to the new and growing use of distributed energy sources to solve grid problems in a pinpointed way. Local energy resources … [Read more...]

Five Policies Blocking Microgrids (From a Veteran of Local Energy Wars)

The smart phone has changed the consumer psyche about energy.  If we can control so much in the palm of the hands -- at so little cost -- why not energy too? Such thinking underlies the growing appeal of microgrids, nanogrids, rooftop solar, solar gardens, energy aggregations, thinking thermostats and other technologies that can reduce the … [Read more...]

Is the Microgrid Industry Missing the Message about Local Energy?

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Something funny happened on the way to this century’s big, new electric transmission build out. North America got religion about local energy. Consider this headline in yesterday’s New York Times, “Fight to Keep Alternative Energy Local Stymies an Industry.” The article talks about the 3,100 miles of transmission line projects awaiting … [Read more...]

‘Non-Transmission Alternatives’ Offer Opportunity for Microgrids and Local Energy

The term ‘non-transmission alternative’ may sound wonky to some. But to companies that work with microgrids, distributed energy, energy efficiency and the like, it sounds like opportunity. The term refers to installing smaller, local energy technology instead of new transmission infrastracture to alleviate congestion. Several states see … [Read more...]

California Prepares to Tap into a Wealth of Local Energy Resources

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California regulators are exploring a range of possible incentives to encourage local energy. Merrian Borgeson of the Natural Resources Defense Council explains. The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously voted yesterday to tackle how to better integrate local energy resources like onsite solar generation and energy efficiency … [Read more...]