Electrification of Transportation and Buildings to Drive $13.3 Trillion in New Investment: BNEF

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Demand for electricity will increase 62% though 2050, driving $13.3 trillion in new investment, as the world increasingly pursues electrification of buildings and transportation, according to a new report by BloombergNEF. "The New Energy Outlook 2019" (NEO 2019) forecasts a 12 TW expansion of generating capacity, of which renewables make up … [Read more...]

Scrutiny Begins of New Energy Resource Plan Issued by Puerto Rico’s Utility

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The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) issued a revised integrated resource plan (IRP) late last week in the latest move to redesign the island’s grid to avoid a repeat of the massive power outages brought by Hurricane Maria. Like its earlier version, the new plan segments the island into eight minigrids but incorporates more … [Read more...]

Investors Call for Results Based Financing of Minigrids in Africa

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Minigrids can help Africa achieve universal electrification, but not without better financing, said a group of energy investors in a paper released today. With $2 billion under management and more than 100 minigrids built or in the works, the investors offered to match contributions from government or other donors. They called for funding in … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Microgrid Market to More than Double…Australia Advocacy Group Forms…Nigeria Extends RFP Deadline

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Microgrid market to double in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico's microgrid market will more than double by the end of 2024, reaching 228 MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. The report say that firms will compete for $419 million in projects at the top of the market. The US territory now ranks 14 among state markets for microgrid … [Read more...]

US Navy Seek Ideas for Water and Energy Resilience on Islands off California

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The US Navy is seeking ideas to improve water and energy resilience for bases on two islands off the coast of California: San Clemente and San Nicolas. The islands already use various distributed energy resources, including solar, wind and diesel generators. The request is not a solicitation for contracts, but seeks information to help the … [Read more...]

District of Columbia Considers New Regulated Entity: The Microgrid Operator

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A report released late last week for the nation’s capital calls for a new regulated entity known as a microgrid operator, part of the city’s far-reaching effort to modernize its electric grid. The 433-page report came out of a multi-year effort launched in June 2015 by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. The effort was … [Read more...]

Are California Utilities Heading Down the Wrong Path as Wildfire Season Approaches?

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A new report warns that California may be heading down the wrong path when it comes to preparing its grid for wildfires and points to microgrids as a better solution. Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s … [Read more...]

Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: Australia Grid Operator Proposes Off-Grid Microgrids in Remote Areas

Australia

Giles Parkinson of One Step Off the Grid explains a proposal released today by Australia's chief grid operator to replace large swaths of transmission and distribution with off-grid microgrids and solar plus storage. In a landmark development, Australia’s principal energy rule maker has paved the way for network operators to sever the … [Read more...]

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...]

Zero Net Energy Alliance Wins $5M Microgrid Grant from the California Energy Commission

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The Zero Net Energy Alliance yesterday won approval of a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to demonstrate advanced microgrids at schools and residential areas in the city of Lancaster. The project will create a virtual power plant to save money, generate revenue and enhance grid resilience. A non-profit, the Zero Net … [Read more...]