Maine Enacts Beneficial Electrification Law; State to Issue RFP for Pilot Projects

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Maine's governor has signed into law a bill that boosts beneficial electrification -- the electrification of technologies that would otherwise use fossil fuels — in an effort to improve efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut consumer costs.  Electrification of transportation and buildings is seen as a driver for microgrids, since it … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Acquires a Portfolio of Distributed Fuel Cell Projects From Bloom Energy

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It’s the type of alliance that may be a harbinger of things to come in the energy sector: Duke Energy is acquiring a portfolio of projects from Bloom Energy that use fuel cells  — all part of Duke's efforts to provide on-site generation with microgrids to customers with critical loads. As both companies explained during interviews, the … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy is Bullish on its New Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell

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Microgrids often rely on solar-plus-batteries, combined heat and power, or back-up generators that run on diesel fuel or natural gas. But Bloom Energy says that it has just finished the engineering and testing for a “server” that uses renewable hydrogen produced by excess renewables that keeps electricity flowing. “On a sunny day, when the … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources to Grow 15.9% CAGR

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Basic economics, local electricity prices and government incentives are driving the growth of distributed energy resources, including microgrids and solar-plus-storage, at a rapid clip, according to new findings by Navigant Research. On site power generation, battery storage and microgrids have emerged as a way to to increase the use of … [Read more...]

Texas Utility Commission to Take Up Utility Ownership of Storage Assets

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The Texas Public Utility Commission is expected to address a lingering question this summer: Are utilities permitted to own battery storage to provide reliability solutions — if the competitive market there is unable to do so? The microgrid industry sits on both sides of the issue. One group is saying that utilities won’t develop microgrids … [Read more...]

Newly Opened, JFK’s TWA Hotel is Always Grid Independent

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The irony could not be any more conspicuous: the vintage Trans World Airline, known as TWA, ceased to exist nearly two decades ago. But a new hotel and conference center has formed around what had been the TWA terminal at New York’s JFK Airport — one that focuses on ultra modern energy technologies: a microgrid, on site electric generation and … [Read more...]

Microgrids May Make Sense. But How do you Pay for Them?

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This is the latest in a series of articles that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at issues surrounding microgrid financing. As businesses and enterprises explore microgrid financing, they find themselves grappling with several questions. What are the project's key goals: Resiliency, sustainability or … [Read more...]

The US Military Is Mission Ready: Why it Will Succeed Building Microgrids

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This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at what it takes to develop military microgrids that keep power flowing to bases for at least 14 days during a catastrophe. When the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar near San Diego moved to use landfill … [Read more...]

Solar-Plus-Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development

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This is the latest in a series of articles on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we focus on a discussion about energy storage from the panel "Beyond Islanding: The Well-Connected Microgrid." Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to … [Read more...]

Utilities are Giving Microgrids the Jolt They Need to Get Up and Going

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This is the first in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at "The Great Debate: What’s the Utility Role in Microgrids?" Until recently, the power industry focused almost solely on generating and delivering electricity through a centralized system. But changing times and … [Read more...]