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How Nanogrids Assist with Public Safety — Wildfires, Power Outages and Other Challenges

This entry from a new special report series  explores how wildfires, storms and other disasters plague the interconnected grid. Public safety nanogrids can help.  The grid challenges associated with wildfires, especially in California, are significant. To help prevent power lines from sparking wildfires in areas where fires frequently occur, … [Read more...]

California Utility Builds Solar Microgrid in 27 Days to Avert Wildfires in Sierra Nevadas

A solar microgrid, built in 27 days in cold and windy weather, was Southern California Edison’s (SCE) solution to an urgent need to avert wildfires near a remote dam in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Installing the microgrid in November allowed the utility to turn off a line that provided power to the site of the Gem Dam, part of the Rush … [Read more...]

Using Microgrids & Distributed Energy to Mitigate Wildfires

It seems over the past few years, during peak season when rain is short, all the west coast — and across the country for that matter — hears about is wildfires. They continue to worsen, and over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. That's according to a new report from … [Read more...]

Threat of Wildfires and Power Shutdowns Heightens Urgency for Microgrid in California Community

Recent power shutdowns by Pacific Gas &Electric (PGE) -- and the likelihood of more to come -- has renewed the urgency of a microgrid feasibility study being carried out for the Northern California City of Calistoga. California utilities undertake the shutdowns, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when wildfire risk heightens. … [Read more...]

The Hurricanes of the West — Wildfires — Spur More Microgrids in California

After wildfires caused power outages in California, the tinder box state is considering more microgrids in a proceeding before state regulators. “Wildfires are now to California what Sandy was to New York,” said Rick Bolton, CEO of Compass Energy Platform, referencing the 2012 superstorm that spurred a government push for microgrids after … [Read more...]

Montecito Community Microgrid Emerges from Mudslides and Wildfires

A little more than a year ago, California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties suffered from a month-long fire that destroyed 1,000 structures. And a month later, in January 2018, heavy rains drenched the hillsides and caused mudslides, all in the same general area. Twenty-three lives were lost, not to mention the loss of 100 homes. … [Read more...]

California Wildfires and Related Outages Get City Thinking about a Microgrid

The City of Calistoga, California is moving forward with early-stage discussions with the non-profit Clean Coalition for a community microgrid -- with risk of wildfires and utility power shutdowns driving talks. "We are at the very initial stages of discussion. We had our first meeting with the city council last week and presented various … [Read more...]

NEC and Distributed Energy Storage in Brazil…California’s Grid and WildFires…CHP in Maryland

NEC supplies distributed energy storage system for archipelago NEC Energy Solutions is supplying its first distributed energy storage system in Brazil for a research and development project that will focus on demand charge management and firming of solar power for an archipelago. Supplied for the Neoenergia Group, one of the largest Brazilian … [Read more...]

Microgrid Kept Power On Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high winds and … [Read more...]

Why the Electric Grid is No Longer Enough

From Texas to California, Puerto Rico, and beyond we've recently seen some tragic examples of why the grid is no longer enough. From wildfires to digital dependence, a range of natural and societal changes requires electric reliability beyond what the grid alone can offer. The customer is demanding more of the grid these days as our world becomes … [Read more...]