PXiSE, Toshiba Form Alliance Targeting Japanese Microgrid Market

PXiSE Energy Solutions and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions have formed an alliance to develop microgrids, with an initial focus on Japan and growing to the global market. Mitsui & Co., a Japanese company and a PXiSE investor, will also participate in the venture, the companies said Sept. 23. PXiSE, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, … [Read more...]

New York Regulators Approve Demand Response Change to Spur Storage

The New York Public Service Commission approved demand response program rules aimed at giving energy storage resources long-term contracting opportunities. In its September 17 decision, the commission changed proposed dynamic load management (DLM) implementation plans for New York’s six major electric utilities (CASE 18-E-0130). The plans … [Read more...]

Philippines Group Urges Asian Development Bank to Finance Microgrid Projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) should support community microgrids as part of a shift away from fossil fuels, according to an advocacy group based in the Philippines. “As the costs of solar and wind technologies have decreased exponentially and have become competitive with fossil fuel technologies, ADB should be looking into community … [Read more...]

Cat Supplies Equipment for Microgrid at Peru Mine

A Peruvian energy company is using Caterpillar equipment for a microgrid recently installed at a copper mine.  An energy company owned by Ferrycorp, a Peruvian conglomerate, commissioned the project in the second quarter at the Agromin La Bonita underground copper mine in Acarí, Peru, Bob Chase, a Caterpillar spokesman, said September 10. The … [Read more...]

Maine Microgrid Project Lands USDA funding

Isle au Haut, Maine, received $211,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to help pay for  a 311-kW solar power array that will be part of an island microgrid. The island's 140 electricity customers receive power from a 7-mile undersea cable that was installed in the early 1980s and has outlived its expected life. In a sign of the … [Read more...]

Engineering Group Sees Increase in Power Outages, Costs

Power outages — a key driver for microgrids — are becoming more frequent and costly, according to a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In this decade, there is a $135 billion “investment gap” for generation, $24.4 billion for transmission and $48.8 billion for the distribution system, the ASCE said in its report, … [Read more...]

Pepco Considers Non-Wires Alternatives, Issues RFI

Pepco is seeking information on possible non-wires alternatives, such as distributed energy resources, to meet a looming constraint on its distribution system in Washington, DC. The request for information (RFI) grew out of the PowerPath DC grid modernization effort launched by the district’s utility commission in January. PowerPath DC … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to Install Microgrid for Regional Water Authority in Texas

Enchanted Rock, a Texas-based company, will set up a 2.4 MW microgrid for the North Fort Bend Water Authority to ensure water deliveries during power outages. Earlier this summer, the board for the regional water authority, approved a $1.2 million contract with Enchanted Rock under which the company will replace existing backup generators … [Read more...]

San Diego Utility Plans to Make Borrego Springs Microgrid Entirely Renewable

San Diego Gas & Electric plans to upgrade its Borrego Springs microgrid so that it can run entirely on renewable energy. SDG&E received a $4.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office to buy smart power inverters, controls and a state-of-the-art energy management system. The utility is … [Read more...]

Southern California Edison to Test Using Price Signals with DERs

Southern California Edison will use transactive energy management software from Opus One Solutions to improve the dispatch of distributed solar panels using prices signals. Opus, a startup based in Toronto, Canada, says its software combines a market management system with a participant interface to engage customers and establish operating … [Read more...]