Climate Auctions: A 21st-Century Alternative to Grants and Loans

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Tyeler Matsuo and Julia Meisel, of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), explore climate auctions. This 21st century alternative to grants and loans uses competitive bidding to disperse public funding to carbon-reducing projects. With scientific reports warning of the urgency of concerted climate action, and with current national climate targets … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

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New Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency.  The growth of distributed resources is forcing utilities and grid … [Read more...]

Transforming Electric Supply for Small-Town and Rural America

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The Rocky Mountain Institute's Kevin Brehm, Madeline Tyson and Jeff Waller offer takeways on how rural electric cooperatives are transforming electric supply with distributed energy resources (DERs). The rural electric system — like the rest of the US electric system — was designed to capture economies of scale that defined how power was … [Read more...]

How to Get Started on Your Microgrid Project

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Ameresco’s vice president of microgrid services, Will Agate, describes the process of getting started on your microgrid project. I am just returning from a microgrid leadership workshop that was hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, known by many as NREL, where one of the topics of discussion regarded how to help clients to get … [Read more...]

How to Improve Energy Management of Your Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility

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Mike Byrnes, chief operating officer of Veolia North America, discusses how to improve energy efficiency and resiliency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and access new revenue streams at water and wastewater treatment facilities. Reliable and cost effective energy supply and usage is a significant economic driver for local governments and … [Read more...]

Hybrid-Fueled Microgrids: The Future is Now

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Want to know more about the potential of hybrid-fueled microgrids? S&C Electric’s Chris Evanich outlines one of the arguably smartest microgrid strategies of today.  Propelled by the desire for more resilient and cost-effective smart energy systems, microgrids have quickly become one of the most popular topics of discussion in the energy … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Toolkit to Bring Equity to Power Restoration in Puerto Rico: RMI

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Megan Kerins and Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describe a new microgrid toolkit to ensure power reliability for those most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. When the lights went out September 20, 2017, no one could have foreseen that it would take 130 days to restore power to seven out of ten people in Puerto … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

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Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

A Case in Point of the First Utility-Operated Microgrid Cluster in the United States

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz offers a lens into the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the US, Commonwealth Edison's Bronzeville microgrid, a project that uses Siemens' microgrid software.  Today, for many states in the US, integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) is becoming increasingly important, and communities are creating … [Read more...]

Smoothing The Sun: Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego’s Microgrid

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Maxwell Technologies' Jessica Baris explores the ins and outs of the innovative ultracapacitors on UC San Diego’s microgrid and how the energy storage system works.  For a smattering of days this year, Mike Wilk’s office space was a grove of eucalyptus trees on UC San Diego’s coastal campus. Wilk, a senior systems engineer at Maxwell … [Read more...]